Simulation offers proven advantages as a tool for modern decision making. In industry, simulation is widely used in virtual prototyping, simulation-aided design and testing as well as in training and R&D. However, obstacles to wider utilization of modelling and simulation still remain.
Current modelling and simulation (M&S) tools exist as separate systems and are not integrated with other information management networks. They do not integrate well enough with commonly used software systems, such as CAD, PLM/ PDM, ERP, or with control systems. Co-use of the simulation tools themselves is poor, and the modelling process as a whole is often considered too laborious.