Public and On-Site ExtendSim Training

Learn how to use ExtendSim to its fullest potential, improve your modeling skills, and be more productive in your projects.

These instructor-led courses feature hands-on tasks and real-world scenarios, are held either quarterly or semi-annually at various locations throughout the US. In addition, we have the flexibility to train virtually anywhere. Our on-site courses can be tailored to your environment and situation specific needs anywhere in the world.


2018 Public Training Courses

Note: Training dates and locations are subject to change. For additional training courses outside the USA, please see our list of Authorized Training Providers.

  Course Location Trainer
March 19 to 23 Essential ExtendSim Training Brisbane CBD, Australia Insight Acumen
April 9 to 13 Database Techniques Washington DC USA Imagine That Inc.
April 30 to May 2 Programming in ExtendSim Knoxville, TN USA Imagine That Inc.
May 3 to 4 Rate-Based Modeling Knoxville, TN USA Imagine That Inc.
May 7 to 11 Essential ExtendSim Training Washington DC USA Imagine That Inc.
May 14 to 18 Essential ExtendSim Training Brisbane CBD, Australia Insight Acumen
August 20 to 24 Essential ExtendSim Training Brisbane CBD, Australia Insight Acumen
November 12 to 16 Essential ExtendSim Training Brisbane CBD, Australia Insight Acumen

Public Training CoursesCourse Descriptions


Essential Training for ExtendSim

May 7 to 11, 2018 Washington DC USA

Essential ExtendSim TrainingPut yourself on a faster track and learn how to build simulation models using ExtendSim in this 4.5 day hands-on workshop. Basics of discrete event simulation will be covered plus you'll get an essential understanding of the ExtendSim architecture. By the end of the course, you will feel confident in building ExtendSim models and have your eyes opened to the powerful tools that can be quickly used for in-depth model analysis.

Topics include:

Understanding fundamental simulation concepts

Learning the basic item handling blocks and using key value handling blocks

Working with item properties, such as attributes and priorities

Routing, plus batching and unbatching items

Presentation features including hierarchy, cloning, and 2D animation

Resource Management using the Resource Pool and Resource Item methods

Understanding basic simulation statistics

Working with Equation blocks

Creating, editing, and accessing an ExtendSim database

Learning validation and verification techniques

Scenario Manager

Data management and exchange with an ExtendSim database

Debugging and troubleshooting

Essential classEssential ExtendSim Training is designed for Engineers, Managers, System Analysts, and anyone else who wants to learn simulation modeling and/or get up to speed quickly with ExtendSim. It is appropriate both for those who are new to ExtendSim and for beginning/intermediate simulation modelers.

Students will build, run, and analyze a model the very first day of this course. The rest of the week will be spent exploring modeling components and concepts as students apply these concepts to a class project while being coached by the instructor. The students then learn and apply more advanced concepts to the model to understand appropriate analysis techniques. The focus is on discrete event modeling, but the class is also essential for new rate-based modelers.

Prerequisites and Preparation for the Course

You will be working on a Windows laptop so you must have basic Window computer skills. Knowledge of basic statistics (random distributions and confidence intervals) is recommended.

Before your first day of class, it will be extremely helpful if you familiarize yourself with ExtendSim. If you have not already done so, please read the first two Tutorial chapters of the ExtendSim User Guide.

Register nowPricing & Registration

$2500 for the 4.5 day workshop.
Register at ExtendSim.com/support/training/register.

Course Materials Supplied

Laptop computer for each student's use

Course manual with case studies

Solution files for all case studies and exercises

Certificate of Completion

Database Techniques

April 9 to 13, 2018 Washington DC USA

"In the Database Techniques course," Trainer Robin Clark states, "I want to go so far as to use it to teach people how to build models like I do. I'll teach all of the database tricks that I have learned over the years. And at this level, I think it would be interesting even for people who have been using ExtendSim for a long time."

You will not only learn how to use ExtendSim internal relational databases, but how to structure a database of your own model. Plus, use the database to develop really advanced constructs you NEVER knew were possible.

You'll get fairly indepth into the programming of equation-based blocks in this class, but will not be creating any custom blocks.

The focus is on creating and using internal ExtendSim databases, but other data exchange and storage capabilities will also be discussed. You will learn about:

Creating ExtendSim databases

Database design

Data management methods

Internal data storage techniques

Dynamic linking between an ExtendSim database and data

Establishing Parent/Child relationships

Basic to advanced blocks for data management

Blocks for data exchange

User interfaces for data exchange

Using the Excel Add-In for ExtendSim databases

Database address attributes

Queue Equation & Query Equation block usage

This course is designed for Engineers, Managers, System Analysts, and anyone else who wants to learn how to manage data and maximize the usage of databases in ExtendSim.

There is a hard maximum limit of 4 students per class so register early.

Prerequisites and Certification Option

Essential ExtendSim Training, or, on instructor approval, a comparable proficiency is required. It will also be beneficial to be comfortable with the database concept.

At the completion of this course AND the Programming course, students are certified as an ExtendSim Professional Modeler.

Pricing & Registration

$2500 for the 4.5 day workshop.
Register at ExtendSim.com/support/training/register.

Course Materials

Laptop computer for each student's use

Course manual with case studies

Solution files for all exercises

Certificate of Completion

Programming in ExtendSim

April 30 to May 2, 2018 Knoxville, TN USA

Create custom components in the ExtendSim development environment plus learn how to maximize usage of equation-based blocks. ExtendSim provides both an internal programming language and API. These two integrated features allow you to create custom modules and capabilities for ExtendSim, including accessing code written in external languages.

This two-and-a half day workshop covers the common uses and features of the ExtendSim programming language (ModL), as well as the mechanics of block creation. In this course, you will learn:

ModL code overview

ModL structure, system variables, and global variables

Creating a custom block, with icon, connectors, tabbed dialog, and Help text

Using common predefined functions

Understanding messages and message handlers

Understanding the continuous & discrete event architecture

Working with event posting code

Adding animation to block dialogs, block icons, and hierarchical blocks

Interacting with dialog items and database tables

Tips for enhancing block dialogs and capabilities

Problem solving using the Source Code Debugger

Students start by building an ExtendSim block and storing it in a library. During the course, you will add features to the ExtendSim block as you delve deeper into the development environment. After taking this course, you should have sufficient knowledge to create custom components and features in ExtendSim.

This course is designed for Engineers, Managers, System Analysts, and anyone else who wants to learn how to create custom components and features in ExtendSim.

There is a maximum limit of 4 students per class so register early.

Prerequisites and Certification Option

Essential ExtendSim Training, or, on instructor approval, a comparable proficiency is required. Familiarity with programming concepts and terminology (C++ recommended).

At the completion of this course AND the Database Modeling Techniques course, students are certified as an ExtendSim Professional Modeler.

Pricing & Registration

$1600 for the 2.5 day workshop.
Register at ExtendSim.com/support/training/register.

Course Materials

Laptop computer for each student's use

Course manual with case studies

Solution files for all exercises

Certificate of Completion

Rate-Based Modeling

May 3 to 4, 2018 Knoxville, TN USA

Learn how to use the discrete rate (rate-based) capabilities of ExtendSim AT. Discrete rate modeling simulates rates of flow that change when events occur. This is the most common, and most efficient, method of modeling high-speed, high-volume systems such as packaging lines, mining operations, the manufacturing of powders and fluids, chemical processes, and so forth.

This one-and-a-half day course explores each block in the Rate library and presents modeling techniques such as:

Sources, storage, and units

Defining rates and critical constraints

Methods for merging and diverging flow

Control logic, including goals, hysteresis, shifts, and changeovers

Mixing flow and items, such as for filling and palletizing operations

Prerequisites

Completion of the Essential ExtendSim Training, or, on instructor approval, a comparable proficiency is absolutely necessary before taking this course.

Pricing & Registration

$800 for the one-and-a-half day workshop.
Register at ExtendSim.com/support/training/register.

Course Materials

Laptop computer for each attendee's use

Course manual with case studies

Solution files for all case studies and exercises

Certification of completion

 


ExtendSim On-Site Training Courses

If you anticipate sending 3 or more employees to a public training course, you may want to consider on-site training.

On-Site Training

In addition to public training sessions, most ExtendSim Training courses may be scheduled at your convenience and in your facilities (anywhere in the world) as a privately held on-site training. We will send one of our authorized expert instructors to your site (with student laptops) for an intensive, hands-on, training. Plus, with on-site courses, there is the option to tailor the training to your environment and situation-specific needs.

If you anticipate sending 3 or more employees to a public training course, you may want to consider on-site training. Contact Imagine That Inc. for quote and availability of on-site training. Please be aware of the refund policy for on-site training courses before reserving your training date.

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Essential ExtendSim Training

4.5 day course using the same materials as the Public Training.

For a class of up to 5 students, the cost is $7500 plus instructor expenses (quoted on a Not To Exceed basis). Additional students are $700 each, up to a maximum of 10 students.

For classes over 10 students, a second instructor is required. The cost is $15,000 for the first 11 students; additional students are $700 each (maximum 20 students). Travel expenses for both instructors will be quoted on a Not To Exceed basis.

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Database Techniques

4.5 day course using the same materials as the Public Training.

For a class of up to 5 students, the cost is $7500 plus instructor expenses (quoted on a Not To Exceed basis). Additional students are $700 each, up to a maximum of 10 students.

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Programming in ExtendSim

2.5 day course using the same materials as the Public Training.

For up to 5 students, the cost is $4000 plus instructor expenses (quoted on a "not to exceed" basis). Additional students are $500 each, up to a maximum of 10 students.

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Advanced ExtendSim Programming

This course is available as an on-site course at customer request; contact Imagine That Inc. for on-site pricing and availability.

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Rate-Based Modeling

This course is available as an on-site course at customer request; contact Imagine That Inc. for on-site pricing and availability.

 


Meet the ExtendSim Trainer

Robin Clark of QMT is the only instructor authorized to teach and develop training materials for Imagine That Inc. training programs in North America. For a list of trainers authorized to present Mr. Clark's instructional content outside of North America, please see Authorized Trainers.

Lead Trainer & Instructional Architect

Robin Clark is the founder of QMT Group. In addition to being the chief ExtendSim instructor, Mr. Clark is also a model builder and ModL block scripter at the QMT Group. For the last decade, he has trained over 1000 beginning to advanced simulation students in the use of the ExtendSim software. He has designed custom blocks and built numerous simulation models. He also has extensive experience in developing optimization models. However, Mr. Clark's primary passion is teaching and mentoring. He holds a BS degree in Physics and MS in Management Science.