Simio, a developer of 3D object-oriented simulation software, has awarded a $29,700 grant to Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University. The NSERC CREATE Program, which will benefit from this grant, is structured to drastically improve the collective capacity of the six partner universities in Canada for training doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows, who would become significant contributors to healthcare research, practice and policy making.
McGill University is now one of over a 120 universities worldwide to join Simio’s academic program, which offers Simio’s 3D modeling software to schools at no charge. Simio Academic Edition is fully capable software with no model size limits and includes discrete and continuous modeling, object library development, and 3D animation.
“The [Desautels Faculty of Management] at McGill University is committed to providing the best environment for their students to learn simulation,” said Dr. Dennis Pegden, Founder and CEO of Simio. “We are honored to provide them with the best software available to teach their students."
Professor Vedat Verter, Director of the NSERC CREATE Program on healthcare Operations and Information Management said that “we plan to have our doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows use Simio in tackling some of the more complex research problems they face in the healthcare domain”.
These trainees will be able to model systems using intelligent objects and the software’s direct connection to Google’s 3D Warehouse – two features unique to Simio.
“We would like to make sure our trainees have an opportunity to get hands on experience with state of the art simulation tools,” said Professor Verter.
The intelligent objects are built by modelers and then may be reused in multiple modeling projects. These objects can be stored in libraries and easily shared. Simio’s connection to Google’s 3D Warehouse gives access to a free online library of thousands of graphic objects – providing students with the ability to solve real-world problems in visually-rich environments.