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Introduction to Modeling

October 20, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT

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In this seminar, you will be able to build your own System Dynamics model! This will be a small, quantitative model of the classic apartment vacancy/build cycle. Read the problem statement.

You will take your first steps with Studio and learn how to apply it for quantitative modeling. We will focus on the System Dynamics model construction process and how we think about quality in System Dynamics’ models. This seminar is not just a presentation, it includes hands-on modeling and some interaction. If you wish to use another software, you are equally welcome to join. 

This is a 2-hours long hands-on webinar. Plan to arrive a few minutes earlier and for the entire webinar.
You must download and install the free version of Studio

*Studio is only available for Windows

In this webinar, you will:
• Build a small quantitative System Dynamics model
• Use Studio by Powersim software for very basic quantitative modeling
• Familiarise yourself with the System Dynamics modeling process
• Learn how System Dynamics can be used for policy development

Len is a System Dynamics practitioner, micro-economist, and software engineer. His specialties are database modeling and System Dynamics Modeling. He has also worked on geographic information systems. He has built System Dynamics models of the civilian nuclear fuel cycle, world energy consumption, bio-energy supplies, water basin management, workforce management, international conflict, and international migration. Many of these models were turned into applications. He was a member of the Office of the Chief Economist at Sandia National Laboratories from 1998-2005 and ended his career at the Laboratories in March 2017. Len was the President of the System Dynamics Society in 2017 and he’s now involved in a software specialization in Powersim Studio, Group Moderator of the international Powersim Users Group, and development of software engineering techniques applied to System Dynamics modeling. Len has also taught information systems and microeconomics at the University of New Mexico since 1988. He is teaching two System Dynamics courses at UNM starting Spring 2018. He has also taught several short courses in System Dynamics and the use of Powersim Studio. Prior to 1988, he spent 10 years as an independent information systems consultant in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.

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This seminar is sponsored by Powersim Software, the developers of Studio Simulation Software. Due to their generous sponsorship, this seminar will be open to the public and free of charge. 



October 20, 2021
11:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT
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