Figure 1 shows the visual representation of the model resulting from the redesign effort, embedded in a Web page. In addition to the model, the page contains some results obtained by running a simulation. For example, the text indicates that an employee is busy handling incoming requests only 33% of the time. The histogram depicts the distribution of the lead times of incoming loan requests, that is the time that passes between receiving a request and giving an answer. The Web page further contains a button to start a simulation run, a description of the model and links to alternative models.
histogram leadtimes agent client generate leadtimes client -duration 60 poisson transport t1 t1 -duration 20 employee clerk operation receive clerk receive -duration 20.0 5.0 normalIn this fragment a histogram for recording leadtimes is created as well as an agent generating requests and a transport to a clerk handling the requests. The duration of the agent is specified using a poisson distribution with . The clerk is declared to perform a receive operation, the duration of which takes values from a normal distribution with and .
client -next t1 t1 -next clerkThe fragment above shows how the various components of a model (for this fragment the agent, transport and employee) may be connected.
After defining the components of the model and their connection a simulation may be started by pressing the start button. If desired, users may change the parameters concerning for example setup and wait time, to explore the various scenarios a model has to satisfy.