An introductory guide for hybrid simulation modelers on the primary simulation methods in industrial engineering identified through a systematic review of the literature Academic Article uri icon


  • 2018 Elsevier Ltd Modeling and simulation are a powerful and effective problem-solving methodology to study how complex real-world systems behave over time. In the literature, many authors have indicated that discrete event simulation, agent-based simulation, and system dynamics are the primary and most important simulation techniques to aid industrial engineers in making decisions. Given this context, this paper is expected to be an introductory guide, especially for novice simulation modelers willing to work with hybrid simulation, by providing knowledge and insight about the primary simulation methods in industrial engineering. This paper is expected to support the decision about which simulation technique best suits the system being studied. For that, a systematic literature review was conducted based on pre-defined search criteria. After applying the filters and including some relevant papers published in the field, a total of 145 papers were selected. Some of the analysis performed in this study include, for each simulation method, the number of publications over the years and a list of the top 10 sources, countries, and authors according to the number of publications. Besides that, a brief history is provided and the definition of the three primary techniques is discussed, as well as the main characteristics of each technique, such as modeling steps, elements, conceptual modeling tools used, software, inputs and outputs, programming languages, advantages, disadvantages, and application areas. Simulation modelers can use this paper as a quick reference to the primary simulation techniques in order to identify the best tool for a specific simulation project in the field of industrial engineering and related areas.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Galvao Scheidegger, A. P., Pereira, T. F., Moura de Oliveira, M. L., Banerjee, A., & Barra Montevechi, J. A.

citation count

  • 54

complete list of authors

  • Galvao Scheidegger, Anna Paula||Pereira, Tabata Fernandes||Moura de Oliveira, Mona Liza||Banerjee, Amarnath||Barra Montevechi, Jose Arnaldo

publication date

  • October 2018