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Using Legacy Modeling Artifacts in Supply Chain Logistics Simulation



Peter O. Denno, Terry Harrison


We investigate the feasibility, and the potential advantages and pitfalls of using modeling languages such as the Unified Modeling Language (UML), and the Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) to prepare models for discrete event simulation of supply chain logistics. The advantages of using these languages in simulations include (1) their pervasive use in industry, (2) the ability to re-purpose existing modeling artifacts to provide high-resolution simulations, and (3) the possibility of a future where these models are executed in operational settings and are evolved through round-trip engineering. We describe an investigation integrating the modeling languages and models with a simulation engine. We evaluate the resulting tool in simulations of supply chain logistics scenarios.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) -


supply chain, discrete event simulation, business process modeling


Denno, P. and Harrison, T. (2013), Using Legacy Modeling Artifacts in Supply Chain Logistics Simulation, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed April 20, 2024)
Created December 12, 2013, Updated February 19, 2017