SIT foundations – what is it and why do we need it

The basics

The use of simulation is growing at an increasing rate. With production costs (of simulators) decreasing and technological options increasing, simulation is becoming more attractive as an aide to improve learning and development at organisation and individual levels.

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In this topic we will cover:

  1. What is the definition of “simulation” 
  2. What is the objective of simulation 
  3. What are the types of simulations 
  4. What is a “simulator” 

What is a simulation 

First, let’s establish what is meant by the term “simulation”.   

noun: simulation; plural noun: simulations

  • imitation of a situation or process.
    • “simulation of blood flowing through arteries and veins”
  • the action of pretending; deception.
    • “clever simulation that’s good enough to trick you”
  • the production of a computer model of something, especially for the purpose of study.
    • “the method was tested by computer simulation”

You will note the third point lists computer modelling. For the purpose of this topic, computer simulation and modelling is not discussed, nor is it essentail knowledge for entry level simulation practitioners.

Simulation is the broad term used to describe any method used to replicate real world tasks. 

An example of a simulation could be a “practice sporting match” used to prepare a referee for a real match.  The practice game will replicate the conditions of a match, and could include scenarios to test the decision making ability of the Referee.