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Simulation Forum


A professional group concerned with the promotion of simulation and modelling as a powerful means in the analyses and optimisation of transport and logistics processes. 

Core purposes

  • To promote activities that advance the practice of simulation and modelling  as a means of analysing and optimising the movement of people and goods
  • To highlight and disseminate good practice, guidance and experience through publications, submissions to Focus and other relevant journals and web outlets, including shorter and longer articles, opinion pieces, reports of events, visits and study tours, and short videos. 
  • To respond to consultations at local, national and international level as appropriate on matters in connection with simulation and the promotion of simulation as a means of analysis in the movement of people and goods, and to publicise those responses. 
  • Forge appropriate links with government departments of the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom and agencies of the BIS linked with simulation and use, local government associations, trade bodies, users groups, professional bodies and associations, the logistics industry, law enforcement agencies, the healthcare sector and professional bodies which have an interest in similar purposes, to contribute to shaping policy. 
  • Forge appropriate links with other CILT Forums, Regions and Public Policy Committees. 
  • To act as a point of reference for information on simulation and international good practice. 


In order to pursue these purposes, the Simulation Forum will be operated by a committee and that committee will elect its Chair. Wherever practical, the Simulation Forum will pursue its objectives by working closely with the many other organisations and bodies concerned with the promotion of simulation. The Committee will be supported by additional members of the Forum to assist with key projects, as necessary. 

Key Outputs

  • Develop and promote suitable forum events addressing topical issues
  • Networking
  • Maintain the Forum’s Webpage 
  • Professional development 
  • Social media groups 

Key Areas of Focus

  • Define how industry and academia use simulation, modelling and optimisation – applying tools and methods for commercial use or to improve society; taking thinking forward at the frontier of application, adding something extra/new.
  • Provide case studies on how customers are using software differently from how they envisaged it being used; share best practice, lessons learnt, define and explorethe hurdles to using simulation 
  • Collaboration: organisations / people being prepared to share data – commercial sensitivities and legalities as barriers etc. establish how to break down human and commercial barriers to collaboration

Reports & Presentations

  • Simulation Forum Newsletter - Best Practices Part 3b: Model Build, Verification and Validation – January 2019 -  View here
  • Simulation Forum Newsletter – Best Practices Part 3a: Model Build & Validation – February 2018 – View here
  • Simulation Forum Newsletter - Best Practices Part 2: Data Collection - November 2017 -  View here
  • Simulation Forum Newsletter: Best Practices Part 1: Model Definition – September 2017 -  View here
  • Simulation of Food Distribution in Cities Webinar - June 2017 - View the presentation here and the webinar recording here.
  • Simulation Newsletter - June 2017 - View here
  • Tools for de-risking process design solutions – January 2016 – View here
  • Logistics Challenges and Solutions - New Logistics Simulation Forum Launch, 15th November 2013, Manufacturing Technology Centre, Coventry – View here
  • Logistics Simulation in a Maritime Environment, 20th February 2014, DP World London Gateway, Essex – View here
  • Welcome to London Gateway, Peter Ward – View here
  • Simulation & Optimisation in Container Transport Logistics, Professor Dongping Song, View here
  • The Power of Simulation as a Key Decision Making Tool, 3rd June 2014, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield – View here
  • Transport Simulation: a decision support tool for network design, 26th November 2014, Cranfield Conference Centre, Cranfield - View here 
  • A Discrete Event Simulation of the Analysis of Harvesting, Transportation & Processing Systems of a Seasonal Vegetable Production Operations, Dr Nicky Yates, Cranfield University – View here
  • Improving Cycle Hire Logistics using Simulation, Tony Bridgeman & Dr Lin Li, Stage Intelligence - View here 

Committee Members


Full Name



Jim Rowley CMILT

Coventry University

Emel Aktas CMILT
Cranfield School of Management

Committee Member

Dmitry Vodianytskyi

Unipart Technology Logistics

Committee Member
Mitchell Clarke
The Logistics Business

Committee Member

Garry Mansell FCILT

Trade Extensions

Committee Member

Martin Robinson FCILT

Transfaction Ltd

Committee Member

Ming Lim CMILT

University of Derby

Committee Member

Paul Miller

Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited

Committee Member

Philip Gibbs FCILT

Llamasoft Inc

Committee Member

Philip Pettitt

Model Logic Limited

Committee Member

Timothy Parker MILT

Sheffield Hallam University

Want to find out more?

If you would like to get involved with the CILT Simulation Forum or have any questions then please contact the Forum Co-ordinator or the Forum Chair.


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Earlstrees Court, Earlstrees Road, Corby
Northants, NN17 4AX
Main Switchboard: 01536 740100

Company Registration Number: 2629347 
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