Beginners guide to simulation | Simbotix Innovations - Part 2

Beginners guide to simulation

The Objective of a simulation  

The objective of simulation is to: 

provide an alternative exposure to real world tasks that are either difficult to access, too dangerous, or too costly to conduct in the real world 

Simulation in Aviation training Florian Jentsch, Michael Curtis, Eduarado Salas)

Difficult to access 

Too dangerous

Too costly

Types of simulations 

There are three (3) types of simulations. They are:


Simulation involving real people operating real systems 

  • Involve individuals or groups 
  • May use actual equipment 
  • Should provide a similar area of operations 
  • Should be close to replicating the actual activity 


Simulation involving real people operating simulated systems. Virtual simulations inject Human-In-The-Loop in a central role by exercising:

  • Motor control skills (e.g., flying an airplane) 
  • Decision skills (e.g., committing fire control resources to action) 
  • Communication skills (e.g., members of a C4I team) 


Human-In-The-Loop simulations, also known as simulators, are a special class of simulations. 


Simulation involving simulated people operating simulated systems. Real people can stimulate (make inputs) but are not involved in determining outcomes. Constructive simulations offer the ability to: 

  • Analyze concepts 
  • Predict possible outcomes 
  • Stress large organizations 
  • Make measurements 
  • Generate statistics 
  • Perform analysis