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Users’ perceptions of the relative costs and benefits of 2D and 3D visual displays in discrete-event simulation

Akpan, J I and Brooks, R J (2012) Users’ perceptions of the relative costs and benefits of 2D and 3D visual displays in discrete-event simulation. Simulation: Transactions of The Society for Modeling and Simulation International, 88 (4). pp. 464-480. ISSN 0037-5497

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Abstract

The use of two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) visual displays for discrete-event simulation (DES) has become very popular within the simulation community in recent years. This paper presents results from surveys of users of 3D and 2D simulation applications regarding their views of the impact, benefits and drawbacks of 3D displays. The results indicate that 3D displays can often be more effective than 2D displays in communication, verification and validation, and experimentation. This can lead to a better project outcome with an improved understanding of the real system and a better solution for the decision maker. The main drawback is the additional cost, time and complexity of building the model. Potential implications for modeling in general are the importance of being able to relate the model to the real system and of involving the decision maker in the modeling process.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Simulation: Transactions of The Society for Modeling and Simulation International
Uncontrolled Keywords: decision making ; discrete-event simulation ; modeling ; three-dimensional visualization ; two-dimensional display ; visual display
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Management Science
ID Code: 45839
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 19:39
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2012 15:23
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/45839

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