Simio - Student Simulation Competition


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Simio invites you to participate in our biannual simulation contest. This is open to both graduate and undergraduate student teams. In addition to the fame and glory as well asbragging rights" and exposing your work to potential employers there will be cash prizes totaling $3250, twice a year, for the top 4 teams!


Below is a summary of the May 2021 problem (January through May 2021) that is a problem based on real world problem for a Warehouse picking strategy:

The Miebach Distribution Center (MDC) is a warehouse that stores footwear and apparel items which are shipped as outgoing orders to customers. These orders range from “singles” which are single consumer purchases to multi-item orders. MDC is noticing an increase in orders as well as a diversification of order types. Warehouse planners and mangers are looking to improve picking operation strategy to meet their customer delivery goals. The planners and managers must determine how to balance the workload across the warehouse system, which includes taking into consideration the teams that work downstream of picking. The scope of this project starts with picking units from shelved storage and ends with packing and shipping the orders.

Due to the uptick of orders, the MDC is transitioning into wave picking management methodology or “waving” to collect the units from their storage locations. To wave the MDC warehouse, orders are grouped together, and the grouped orders’ units are split up by their corresponding warehouse zone storage location. The zone is picked by the workers and the units collected are moved to a staging area. Once all units from a wave reach the staging area, the wave is sent to packing and shipping. The wave is organized back into orders and shipped out.

The MDC is searching for recommendations for the best waving and picking strategy for managing their warehouse which optimizes labor utilization and minimizes missed customer delivery goals. The wave picking strategy should include the ideal size of a wave based on order attributes, unit locations, and acceptable picking receptacle. The criteria that places orders in the same wave should also be investigated. Additionally, the MDC would like to identify any warehouse re-zoning that would benefit the waving processes. The MDC is hoping for a set of rules that helps future formulation of waves.


Students: If your instructor is assigning this as a required class project, ask your instructor how you register. If you are doing this as an ad-hoc project or optional assignment, register for the contest:

Simio Student Competition Registration - Student Ad-Hoc

Key dates to remember:

  • Open Registration - $34 to register your team.
  • Project Available - March 1, 2021 (or once registered if problem is released)
  • Project Due - May 21, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST
  • Presentation of Awards - Week of June 22, 2021

To register your team, please fill out the form below. Once the form is submitted, you will be redirected to the payment page. Please check your email for confirmation. If you do not receive an email within 30 minutes, please email or check your SPAM folder.

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Deadline: May 21, 2021

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Four winners are selected and announced at an online Awards Ceremony that is held in December and May. Excerpts from the Team Introduction and Project Presentation videos for the winning teams are shown during this online conference.

Cash prizes will include: First Place - $1500, Second Place - $1000, Third Place - $500, and Fourth Place - $250. Honorable mentions and other non-cash awards may also be presented. All cash awards are divided equally among the participating team members. In addition to the cash awards, winners receive personal, faculty, and school award certificates and are announced on the Simio website, newsletter, and by other means. Students have the option of including their contact information to encourage networking and job offers.

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