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Static Simulation Tools vs. Dynamic Simulation Tools

CreateASoft, Inc. Naperville, Illinois – Wednesday December 26, 2012

Simulation software techniques have been successfully used by supply chain, logistics and manufacturing for many years to increase efficiency with low risk. These same methods are being adapted for use in other industries such as document flow and healthcare. The need for more efficient operations, producing more with less and constantly increasing and refining quality has been the driving force in adopting simulation software. Moreover, the heavy shift toward lean thinking and six sigma methods coupled with increasing operational variability have forced many companies to introduce dynamic predictive technologies to be an integral part of their daily operational procedures. 

The healthcare industry, from hospitals and clinics to labs and blood centers, can also benefit from the dynamic predictive technology. The type of technology and its scalability play a major role in the implementation success and level of return on investment achieved. 

Below explains and outlines the features of dynamic simulation tools and how they compare to static simulation tools. 


In general, simulation software required for process analytics are discrete event simulators that allow the user to create virtual process replications of current operations. These replicas can be grouped into two main categories: static and dynamic tools. The main differences between the tools are in model building, simulation interaction, analysis, and connectivity.


Static simulation tools are generally code heavy, meaning a computer program needs to be written in proprietary languages such as C++, C# or VB, then complied in order to generate the model. Some static tools have developed basic virtual code generation environments to start the model, however expanding and customizing the model requires modifying the code in addition to adding more control logic. 

Alternatively, dynamic simulation software has no reliance on code - model building is done graphically allowing for a no-code environment. The main advantage is that users do not have to be programmers; their knowledge of the operation is all that is needed to create the model. Simulation is no longer controlled by a select few, but by every enabler in the organization. 


Static tools offer no interaction with the simulator meaning the simulation runs on the engine and results are provided after a completed run along with the animation. Some static tools have provided animation during the model run, yet have no ability to physically interact with the model. This is an inherent design issue with static tools due to their reliance on complied code before the model is run on the simulation engine.

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