Steps of Simulation


Simulation is a quantitative procedure which describes a process by developing a model of that process and then conducting a series of organised trial and error experiments to predict the behaviour of the process over time.

Steps in the Simulation Process

  • Define the problem or system you intend to simulate.
  • Formulate the model you intend to use.
  • Test the model; compare its behaviour with the behaviour of the actual problem environment.
  • Identify and collect the data needed to test the model.
  • Run the simulation.
  • Analyse the results of the simulation and, if desired, change the solution you are evaluating.
  • Rerun the simulation to test the new solution.
  • Validate the simulation, that is, increase the chances that any inferences you draw about the real situation from running the simulation will be valid.