Fall 2009

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New Input Grid Control on Dashboard for Vectors and Matrices. The Grid Control in GoldSim Version 10 allows you to control the values of scalar, vector and matrix Data elements from a Dashboard using input fields, drop downs and checkboxes.


The GoldSim Model Library allows GoldSim users to build on the experience and knowledge of others by sharing models. The Library is available from within the GoldSim Resource Center (GRC).

If you have a model that you think would be worth posting to the library, please send it, along with a description, to support@goldsim.com.

Fall 2009 GoldSim Newsletter

GoldSim's mission is to help you make better decisions in an uncertain world by providing state-of-the-art software, training and expert consulting. Our GoldSim simulation software package provides the power, flexibility, and usability to efficiently simulate and understand the future behavior of complex systems in business, engineering, and science.

Since this newsletter is for you, we encourage you to share your comments and contributions with us. Please email your thoughts to support@goldsim.com.

GoldSim News

GoldSim Training Sessions in the USA and UK

Liverpool, United Kingdom: October 7-9, 2009

A 3-day GoldSim training course will be held in Liverpool, United Kingdom from October 7-9, 2009. This course is scheduled to take place just prior to the ICEM (International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management) conference (http://www.icemconf.com/), which is being held in Liverpool the following week (October 11-15).

The first two days of the workshop will focus on GoldSim basics, with the third (optional) day focusing on the use of the Contaminant Transport module.

The workshop will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Liverpool (http://www.cpliverpool.com/). The cost will be 900/€1050 per attendee for the three day session, which includes biscuits in the morning and a full lunch. If you prefer to attend only the first two days the cost is 600/€750. Free temporary licences will be provided to any attendees who require a license.

Further details and a registration form can be found here.

Seattle, Washington, USA: October 26-27, 2009

We will also be holding a 2-day GoldSim training course at our offices in Issaquah, Washington (just outside Seattle) on October 26 and 27, 2009.

The two-day workshop will provide a general introduction to the use of GoldSim. It will be of value to new users, and will also serve as an excellent refresher course (and introduction to new features) for existing users.

The cost will be US$1000 per attendee and includes continental breakfast and lunch both days. Free 60-day temporary licences will also be provided to any attendees who require a license.

Further details and a registration form can be found here.

Version 10.02 of GoldSim Released

Version 10.02 of GoldSim was released on September 15, 2009. This version addresses a number of issues identified since the release of Version 10 Service Pack 2, and also adds additional Monte Carlo sampling options for models and SubModels.

Important note for CT and RT module users: Version 10.02 also addresses a bug in the Contaminant Transport algorithm in Version 10 that could impact results.  If a Cell element used time-varying amounts of media, and no other properties of the Cells changed with time, the changes in the media amounts would be only partially captured by GoldSim.   All prior Version 10 releases (10, 10 SP1, 10 SP2 and 10.01) are affected.

More details on Version 10.02 can be found in the Release Notes.

All current members of the GoldSim Subscription Program can download the Version 10.02 installation file from the GoldSim Resource Center (GRC).


GoldSim Awarded Contract to Model Risks Associated with Carbon Sequestration

GoldSim Technology Group has been selected by the US Department of Energy for one of 19 projects to enhance the capability to simulate, track, and evaluate the potential risks of carbon dioxide (CO2) storage in geologic formations. The work will be managed by the Office of Fossil Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory.

The project involves several powerful enhancements to GoldSim, which will be used by our partner, the Los Alamos National Laboratory's Earth and Environmental Science Division, to enhance their current GoldSim models of CO2 storage. These new capabilities will eventually be made available to all GoldSim users.

Case Study

South Koreans Develop 100 Year Plan for Managing Spent Nuclear Fuel

In order to sustain increasing use of energy while attempting to reduce CO2 levels in the atmosphere, many countries are beginning to re-examine the use of nuclear energy. South Korea is no exception and the country plans to generate 60% of the country’s electric power from nuclear reactors by 2030.  However, with expanded use of nuclear energy comes an increased need for storage of spent nuclear fuel.  Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute was asked to evaluate different options for dealing with spent nuclear fuel.   They have created a GoldSim simulation which models the life cycle of spent nuclear fuel from generation through final disposal. 


Modeler’s Corner

Little-Known Tricks for Quickly Inserting Links

Creating links between elements is at the heart of building GoldSim models.   However, many modelers are unaware of a number of features designed to make this process less tedious.  This article shows you some of the features of input fields and the browser that allow you to more efficiently connect elements in GoldSim.  


What's Cooking

A Quick List of Features in the Next GoldSim Release...

The next release of GoldSim (scheduled for release in the next several months) includes a number of new features, including the following:

          A new concept called Resources. A Resource is something that has a limited supply (e.g., fuel, spare part, skilled personnel) and that is required in order for elements in the modeled system to carry out certain actions. Applications include reliability modeling, as well as project planning.

          The ability to import historical observations or results from multiple model runs and superimpose time history result plots.

          Improved array handling capabilities, including the ability to use variable arguments when referencing array items (e.g., Vector[x]), where x is another GoldSim variable.


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