ExtendSim Simulation Software TrainingTrainingLearn how to use ExtendSim to its fullest potential, improve your modeling skills, and be more productive in your projects. After all, education is the key to advancement.

These instructor-led courses feature hands-on tasks and real-world scenarios so you can walk away with sufficient knowledge of the subject matter. These courses will show you not only which blocks to use and when, but will show you how to apply modeling concepts.

Public training courses are available in one of our regional locations, through a certified ExtendSim Trainer, or even on-site at your facility. We have the flexibility to train virtually anywhere.

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2017 ExtendSim Public Training Courses

All courses are Imagine That Inc. authorized training programs. Dates and locations are subject to change. For public training courses in locations outside the USA, please see our list of Authorized Training Providers.

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Public Training $2500
  May 1 to 5 Vienna, VA USA
  October 16 to 20 San Jose, CA USA

Register for 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:

arrow Understanding fundamental simulation concepts
arrow Learning the basic item handling blocks and using key value handling blocks
arrow Working with item properties, such as attributes and priorities
arrow Routing, plus batching and unbatching items
arrow Presentation features including hierarchy, cloning, and 2D animation
arrow Resource Management using the Resource Pool and Resource Item methods
arrow Understanding basic simulation statistics
arrow Working with Equation blocks
arrow Creating, editing, and accessing an ExtendSim database
arrow Learning validation and verification techniques
arrow Scenario Manager
arrow Data management and exchange with an ExtendSim database
arrow Debugging and troubleshooting

ExtendSim Essential TrainingEssential 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.

Course Materials Supplied

arrow Laptop computer for each attendee's use
arrow Course manual with case studies
arrow Solution files for all case studies and exercises
arrow Certificate of Completion
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Public Training $2500
  April 24 to 28 Vienna, VA USA
  September 11 to 15 TBA

Register for ExtendSim Training"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:

arrow Creating ExtendSim databases
arrow Database design
arrow Data management methods
arrow Internal data storage techniques
arrow Dynamic linking between an ExtendSim database and data
arrow Establishing Parent/Child relationships
arrow Basic to advanced blocks for data management
arrow Blocks for data exchange
arrow User interfaces for data exchange
arrow Using the Excel Add-In for ExtendSim databases
arrow Database address attributes
arrow 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 Potential Certification Option

Essential ExtendSim Training, or, on instructor approval, a comparable proficiency. 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 Certified Modeler.

Course Materials Supplied

arrow Laptop computer for each attendee's use
arrow Course manual with case studies
arrow Solution files for all case studies and exercises
arrow Certificate of Completion

Quotes from Students in May 2016 Course

"I had tried to perform some database interactions before the class with difficulty. After taking the class, I can either perform all the required functions or know where to find them, and I have already begun to build and plan differently because of what I learned."

If you are considering taking this course, "...come prepared to learn a lot and to have questions and ideas and inputs."

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Public Training $1600
  April 19 to 21 Knoxville, TN
  September 20 to 22 TBA

TrainingRegister for ExtendSim TrainingCreate 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:

arrow ModL code overview
arrow ModL structure, system variables, and global variables
arrow Creating a custom block, with icon, connectors, tabbed dialog, and Help text
arrow Using common predefined functions
arrow Understanding messages and message handlers
arrow Understanding the continuous & discrete event architecture
arrow Working with event posting code
arrow Adding animation to block dialogs, block icons, and hierarchical blocks
arrow Interacting with dialog items and database tables
arrow Tips for enhancing block dialogs and capabilities
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Problem solving using the Source Code Debugger

Students will 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 Potential Certification Option

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

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

Course Materials Supplied

arrow Laptop computer for each attendee's use
arrow Course manual with case studies
arrow Solution files for all case studies and exercises
arrow Certificate of Completion
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Public Training $800
  April 6 to 7 Knoxville, TN
  September 18 to 19 TBA

Register for ExtendSim TrainingLearn 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:

arrow Sources, storage, and units
arrow Defining rates and critical constraints
arrow Methods for merging and diverging flow
arrow Control logic, including goals, hysteresis, shifts, and changeovers
arrow Mixing flow and items, such as for filling and palletizing operations

Prerequisites and Potential Certification Option

Completion of the Essential ExtendSim Training class or, on instructor's approval, a comparable proficiency in ExtendSim. This requirement is absolutely necessary before taking this course.

Course Materials Supplied

arrow Laptop computer for each attendee's use
arrow Course manual with case studies
arrow Solution files for all case studies and exercises
arrow Certificate of Completion
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ExtendSim On-Site Training Courses

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On-Site Training cost varies

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 traning 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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ExtendSim Databases and Data Management

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 $5000 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.

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Public Training cost varies
. No public training sessions scheduled - on-site training only

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

Please be aware of the Cancellation Policy for on-site traning courses before reserving your training date.

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ExtendSim Trainer

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Robin ClarkRobin Clark, CAP is co-founder at the QMT Group which offers advanced simulation courses as well as coaching services. At QMT, Robin is an ExtendSim simulation instructor, model builder, and block-level developer. His primary passion is teaching and mentoring students. In addition, he has developed several web-based and face-to-face simulation courses including graphical simulation databases, simulation development environments, rate-based modeling, and simulation modeling for health care. In the last 10+ years Robin has trained over 1000 beginner and advanced simulation students to use the ExtendSim simulation software. Robin has a BS in Physics, an MS in Management Science, and is a Certified Analytics Professional (CAP). He is a member of the Association for Operations Management (APICS).

Robin Clark of QMT is the only instructor authorized to teach the Imagine That Inc. training programs in North America. These authorized training programs include instructor-led public and on-site courses as well as web-based classes.

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