Welcome to the Summer
2004 Issue of the GoldSim Newsletter!
The mission of
the GoldSim Technology Group is to provide state-of-the-art
software, training and expert consulting to help you understand
complex systems and make better decisions in an uncertain
world. Our GoldSim simulation software package provides the
power, flexibility and usability necessary to efficiently
simulate and understand the future behavior of complex systems
in business, engineering and science.
The goal of the GoldSim Newsletter is to provide information
that helps you get the most out of GoldSim. Each newsletter
delivers the latest GoldSim news, as well as a number of regular
items. This one includes GoldSim news items, a tip from the
GoldSim developers, a list of new models added to the GoldSim
Model Library, a list of new GoldSim Knowledge Base articles,
and a description of new features that the GoldSim Development
Team is currently working on. Each Newsletter is archived
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GoldSim International User Conference and Training Workshops
Scheduled for October 10-13, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada
The Third Annual GoldSim User Conference will be held in
Las Vegas, Nevada on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 12 and
13, 2004. This date is rapidly approaching, so if you plan
on attending, please sign up now.
Two workshops will be held just prior to the Conference and
attendees can attend either workshop at no extra charge. GoldSim
Model Building: Basic Concepts will be held on October
10th and 11th. Concurrently, on October 11th Advanced
GoldSim Topics will be held for experienced GoldSim
users. This workshop will discuss a number of advanced GoldSim
topics, including two new modules now under development (and
planned for release this Fall), the Reliability Module, and
the Optimization Module.
All training and conference sessions will be held at the
Tuscany Suites & Casino, located just blocks from the
Las Vegas Strip.
The User Conference will be a terrific opportunity for you
to share experiences with other users and the GoldSim developers,
and to provide input for the future development of GoldSim.
Please consider presenting your GoldSim model(s) to the conference
attendees, either through a formal 30-minute presentation
or in a poster presentation. This simply requires the submission
of a short abstract along with your Registration
GoldSim 8.02 Available for Download
All users are encouraged to download GoldSim version 8.02,
which was released on June 25, 2004. Version 8.02 combines
a number of previous service packs for 8.01, and adds a number
of additional minor modifications and bug fixes. Of particular
interest are modifications to improve the speed of reparsing
large models, improvements to the Latin Hypercube algorithm,
and a large number of minor algorithmic changes to better
faciliate simulation of complex environmental systems.
All current members of the GoldSim
Subscription Program can download Version 8.02 now from
the GoldSim Resource Center (GRC). Once you update the software,
don't forget to read the Release Notes to see a complete list
of the new features and changes included in Version 8.02.
GoldSim Use Grows Among Regulators Within the Radioactive
Waste Management Industry
One of GoldSim's original application areas was radioactive
waste management. This is still a major application area for
GoldSim, with many users throughout North America, Europe
and Asia using GoldSim in this arena. Most of these users
are government organizations involved with evaluating the
perfomance of proposed or existing radioactive waste management
facilities. For example, the US Department of Energy is currently
using GoldSim to support its License Application for disposal
of the nation's spent nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.
Most of the existing users in this arena are proponents or
operators of the facilities being evaluated. Recently, a number
of regulatory agencies around the world have also started
to use GoldSim in order to independently evaluate proposed
and existing facilities. This includes the Nuclear Regulatory
Commission in the US, the Environment Agency of England and
Wales in the UK, and the Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization
With the growing use of GoldSim both by the propenents and
regulators of radioactive waste management facilities, GoldSim
has become one of the standard tools in this industry.
The GoldSim development team has been hard at work on a significant
new version (Version 8.1) since late last year. Due to the
extensive nature of some of the changes, it has taken us a
bit longer than expected to complete this version. We now
anticipate that this version will be available in the Fall
of 2004. Version 8.1 will contain some features that we are
very excited about, including:
Container-Specific and Dynamic Timesteps. This
is a powerful new feature that allows different parts
of your GoldSim model to use different timesteps and for
timesteps to change dynamically during a simulation.
Improved Spreadsheet Element Functionality. We
are completely rewriting the Spreadsheet element to make
it more powerful and easier to use. This will make it
much easier to dynamically import and export data between
GoldSim and an Excel spreadsheet.
Optimization. We are adding an Optimization Module
to GoldSim that can be used to optimize (and calibrate)
The Reliability Module
For nearly a year we have been working on a powerful new
module that will facilitate simulation of the reliability
and performance of complex engineering systems (e.g., vehicles,
spacecraft, factories, power plants). This Reliability Module
is in beta testing as we continue to document and improve
it. We expect to release it concurrently with or soon after
the release of Version 8.1.
As always, we encourage our users to send their requests
and suggestions for improvements to GoldSim. If you have a
specific request, please contact us at email@example.com.
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