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SimulationWeek is from Monday 1 May to Sunday 7 May 2017. SimulationWeek is an opportunity to promote the many forms of simulation in our organisations and communities to celebrate its accomplishments and future vision. SimulationWeek will be hosted online at – open to anyone that wishes to highlight their own innovative work through a news story, video or combined image and simulation message format. Pictures are essential and this platform will provide an opportunity to display images easily, providing an exciting snapshot of simulation for the week for the world to see. For information on how you can contribute online, go to For information on how you can contribute offline, go to and for a Media involvement template, go to Please email your submission for inclusion to
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Policy: Five Priorities for the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Policy: Five Priorities for the UN Sustainable Development Goals | SimulationWeek |

This week, the United Nations is deliberating in New York how to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that it will launch formally in September. Science must be at the heart of its plans.

The SDGs place greater demands on the scientific community than did the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which they replace1. Addressing climate change, renewable energy, food, health and water provision requires coordinated global monitoring and modelling of many factors — social, economic and environmental.

Much remains to be done: the 17 goals comprise 169 targets, 91 of which need to be specified in more detail. Metrics need to be developed to measure progress towards the targets on local, national, regional and global levels and across sectors. Monitoring and evaluation procedures and standards need to be set up.

Caroline Ivy's curator insight, May 18, 2015 11:06 AM

Sustainable Development


This Article is about the UN's new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 


Due use to rising population, an expected major influx of immigrants, and always-increasing energy consumption, the UN has greater five goals to help jumpstart sustainable development. These goals include devising metrics,  establishing monitoring mechanisms, evaluating progress,  enhancing infrastructure, and standardizing and verifying data. They rely heavily on scientific fields. These will be crucial in ensuring the progress of human life around the world. 

Sreya Ayinala's curator insight, May 26, 2015 8:52 PM

Unit 6 Development

      The article describes the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These are the goals devised by the UN to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). They focus more towards the environment and are more influenced by the scientific community than the MDGs were. Some goals of the SDGs include combatting climate change, distribution of food, water, and healthcare, and renewable energy sources.

      The MDGs were 8 goals that were set to be accomplished by the year 2015. Most of the goals weren't achieved and failed to make the desired impact on the world. Some of the goals included to eradicate extreme poverty, improve maternal health, combat HIV/ AIDS and many others. Since these goals were not achieved the SDGs are being created to replace the MDGs.

Anna Sasaki's curator insight, May 27, 2015 7:50 AM

The United Nations has recently launched 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are geared more towards scientific inquiries than Millennium Development Goals. These goals equate to 169 targets, making it a daunting task, but nonetheless the achievement of these goals would be largely beneficial to the environment.

This ties into sustainable development since the goals are geared towards sustainable development, and are trying to improve not only the health of the people in the world, but the environment as well.

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Software and simulation – a new industry emerges at Tonsley

Software and simulation – a new industry emerges at Tonsley | SimulationWeek |

The opening of a new co-working space, as well as offices for business accelerator company Innovyz, has marked the rise of a new industry sector at Tonsley.

Manufacturing and Innovation Minister Kyam Maher today officially opened the new premises, and said ‘software and simulation’ was an industry being targeted through State Government investment attraction efforts.

“I’m delighted Simulation Australasia, the nation’s peak body for the simulation community, has chosen to relocate to this collaborative working space managed by Innovyz,” he said. 

“Simulation Australasia’s work to advance research, development and use of simulation technologies will further add to Tonsley’s growing reputation as a pioneering innovation district.

“It will help to attract other businesses in the software and simulation sector, and will assist like-minded innovators to connect with one another and with commercial services, including Innovyz ...

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Simulated Car Crash - WIN News Bendigo

Submitted by La Trobe Rural Health School, College of Science Health & Engineering , La Trobe University for SimulationWeek 

To celebrate simulation week and to promote our commitment to simulated learning education at La Trobe University Bendigo, we invited our local media to observe a sim session involving 3rd year paramedicine students. 

In this session students respond to a car crash scenario which was repeated 4 times for different groups.  It featured 2 simulated patients covered with moulage wounds and fake blood in a two car collision. 

Students will ultimately be better prepared for a real world environment after building confidence and overcoming anxiety from the practice in these sessions.

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Rodney's factory robot revolution

We’re at a tipping point when it comes to smart factory robots, says artificial intelligence guru, inventor and entrepreneur Rodney Brooks. Brent Balinski from Manufacturer's Monthly spoke to the South Australia-born and Boston-based founder, CTO and chairman of Rethink Robotics.

Rodney Brooks’s robotic innovations have found their way into places as varied as the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan, the radioactive ruins of Fukushima, the surface of Mars, and even onto our living room floors ...

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New South Australian Capability Transforms Way Buildings Are Modelled

New South Australian Capability Transforms Way Buildings Are Modelled | SimulationWeek |

A NEW alliance between three companies specializing in different aspects of 3D modeling promises to up the ante in the constantly evolving world of digital image modeling in Australia.

Three companies have joined forces in South Australia to develop a capability to create three-dimensional visuals – from the panoramic to the highly detailed – of virtually any proposed building or development project.

The joint venture between RedstackMaptek and Avitus UAV Systems was inspired by the standard of end-to-end reality capture commonly available to businesses in Europe and the United States, but the game changer could turn out to be closer at hand – the redevelopment of Adelaide Oval in South Australia ...

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Video Is About to Become the Way We All Visit the Doctor

Video Is About to Become the Way We All Visit the Doctor | SimulationWeek |

UnitedHealthcare is announcing a partnership with three telemedicine companies to cover video-based doctor visits just as it covers in-person visits. The tech set has for decades predicted that we would one day get our medical care via video chat, but it wasn’t until recently that forward-thinking physicians started taking the promise of telemedicine seriously. The decision by so influential a player in the healthcare industry to telemedicine is the strongest sign yet that the technology is entering the mainstream ...

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The benefits of Using Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Modeling

Roche's "Clinical Pharmacology" team, which is part of the "Pharma Research and Early Development (pRED)" unit, uses Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic modeling to explain why some patients respond differently to a drug than others even though they get the same dose.

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Janus(AS) 25 Years of Army Service

Submitted by Todd Mason for SimulationWeek

April 2015 marked 25 years of the Australian Army’s use of the Janus(AS) constructive simulation, surely one of the most successful simulation programs to date. Janus was originally developed in the US and acquired by the Australian Army in April 1990 for experimentation and later combined arms training. Like most other users of Janus, Australia immediately began modifying the software and the resulting variant became known as Janus(AS). Over the years, almost every part of the software was refactored to improve functionality, performance, reliability and maintainability resulting in many uniquely Australian features.


Dozens of people contributed to the development of Janus(AS) and one of the strengths of the local version was the agile-like development process that embedded users within the development team, physically working side by side with developers. This ensured user requirements drove all development decisions and facilitated rapid prototyping of functionality and a “test as you go” approach. It is this intimate involvement of users that made Janus(AS) so successful and provides an important case study of the development of simulation.


Although development ceased in 2009, the software remained the solution of choice for combined arms war gaming at battalion and brigade level by the Army’s Combat Command Wing in Puckapunyal. During simulation week 2015, Janus(AS) is still being used to support the Army’s Combat Officer’s Advanced Course. Janus(AS) is expected to be replaced in the near future with JCATS, itself a derivative of an earlier US version of Janus.

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Valencia Community College - Nursing RN Degree

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What Satellite Data Tells Us About Nepal's Brutal Quake

What Satellite Data Tells Us About Nepal's Brutal Quake | SimulationWeek |

Early this week we told you about how critical satellite and GPS data can be in assessing earthquakes, and the push by some researchers to acquire and analyze this information much more rapidly—especially for disaster responders. That data is now here for the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal and its neighbors on April 25. While it’s too late for these images to play a significant role in relief efforts that are already underway, scientists and those involved in earthquake recovery can still use them to learn a few new things about the earthquake.

Whenever an earthquake hits, one of the first things geologists want to do is locate and identify surface ruptures—places in the ground where the quake has cracked the rock all the way up to the surface. By creating and reading ground displacement maps, interferograms, and other satellite-derived imagery that highlights movements in the earth, scientists can tell where those surface ruptures might have occurred. And pinpointing those ruptures can help monitor and predict aftershocks and landslides ...

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The Power of Points

The Power of Points | SimulationWeek |

Submitted by Chalmers Research Centre Industrial Mathematics

The revolution is upon us but it’s happening via something surprisingly small; infinitely small in fact. And in spite of their size they are now filling up terabytes of hard drives around the world. With these tiny wonders many concepts which have so far only lived in the minds of researchers and the pages of scientific journals are now entering the industrial world. The digital factory is upon us and the empowering technology is a laser-scanned point cloud. We are entering an era where it is feasible to simulate and optimise entire industrial processes.

Over the last decade laser scanners have ushered in a revolution. It has happened by the hardware and software for laser scanners becoming orders of magnitude cheaper. This has opened up new business opportunities revolving around the scanning and documenting of physical factory facilities. However, the scanning and documentation of industrial complexes is only the first step. The most important part for industry is what comes next; deriving value from their data. This means asking questions of the scanned factory layouts such as, does this new chassis fit along the assembly line? Can we rebuild this manufacturing process? Is there enough space for the new production line? Fundamentally these are simulation questions and it is questions such as these that are driving new and unique simulation tools to derive value from static point clouds and it all began with a piece of cardboard.

Before the advent of laser scanning, the testing of new car models at Volvo Cars was usually done with cardboard silhouettes of chassis. They were moved through an assembly line on a Sunday while nothing was being produced. In spite of this, Volvo Cars almost always had problems with the verification of new car designs. During assembly, almost every new model crashed in the manufacturing line with the result that the chassis became scrap metal, and worst of all, a stop in production since different models are assembled on the same line.

It was around 2009 when Volvo Cars saw that laser scanning had matured to the point of now being affordable and reliable. They required a solution to one of their major bottlenecks in production; the verification of new car designs. We were able to take their point cloud data and develop new tools which could combine both traditional CAD geometry and point cloud models in one simulation tool. This tool allowed Volvo to answer one of their most difficult design questions by being able to guarantee that new designs would pass along their assembly line collision free.

The simulation tools we developed did something not seen before. They allowed users to simulate with their original point clouds containing millions of points. Add to this a complex CAD geometry containing tens or hundreds of thousands of triangles and a complex path. We were then able to simulate the largest, non-colliding volume passing along the path from the start to goal. In addition, other measurements can be added to this such as the minimum distance to surrounding point cloud, etc.

Such tools are general and can be seen as part of a movement towards simulation processes encompassing entire industrial processes. This foray into simulating and modelling an entire factory can be considered part of the new Industrial Internet revolution or as the Germans like to call it, Industrie 4.0. It is worth billions of dollars and is being approached by industrial giants such as GE and Siemens. And of course, the humble point is playing an important role in this new simulation paradigm

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Simulation and Patient Safety: the benefits for your organisation

Submitted by Department of Health and Human Services Victoria for SimulationWeek 

The Department of Health and Human Services Victoria (the department) is pleased to release Simulation and Patient Safety: the benefits for your organisation

The resource is the result of work undertaken by the department, with input from the Simulation-based Education and Training Expert Advisory Group, to support the sustainability of simulation in Victoria.


The benefits of simulation in healthcare are obvious to those who deliver and participate in simulation experiences, but because the cost to provide quality simulation is often much more than providing traditional teaching methods, the value it provides to an organisation may not be immediately appreciated by executive teams. The department believes the evidence that links simulation to patient outcomes can help to demonstrate that value.


This resource has been created as a toolkit to support the communication of the benefits of simulation in healthcare to anyone interested in accessing or understanding simulation, and to help demonstrate the value it brings to organisations. This value extends well beyond just being an education tool. 

Included is a quick guide to developing an elevator pitch, so that when there is an opportunity to promote your simulation program or idea, you are prepared. There are also some key statements and references to support your messages. Case studies have been contributed by our simulation community to provide you with ideas and insights into different simulation programs, as well as tips around how to get buy-in for your program. 

For a copy of the resource, please click here

The department would like to express its particular thanks to members of the Simulation-based Education and Training Expert Advisory Group for their outstanding and generous contribution to this resource.

CAE Healthcare's curator insight, June 5, 2015 10:45 AM
CAE Healthcare is a medical simulation company with a mission to improve healthcare education and patient safety.
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Hunter Development Corporation - Hunter Strategic Infrastructure Plan Animation (Voiceover)

Submitted by Buildmedia for SimulationWeek

This 20 year plan considers strategic infrastructure issues facing the Hunter Metropolitan Area. The plan suggests a strategic infrastructure planning framework to inform future urban growth and focusses on the role infrastructure can play to support growth and enhance productivity, sustainability and liveability outcomes in Australia's 7th largest city.

The Hunter Strategic Infrastructure Plan has been prepared with funding assistance provided by the Australian Government and involves collaboration between Hunter Council’s and the NSW Government

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Brain Monitors Are Going Mainstream, Despite Skepticism

Brain Monitors Are Going Mainstream, Despite Skepticism | SimulationWeek |

Olympic Volleyball Player Kerri Walsh recently added a new routine to her training regimen. Three times a week, she spends about 20 minutes playing games on her iPad with a portable brain monitor strapped to her head.

This device is called Versus, and it was developed by a company called SenseLabs. It uses electroencephalography, or EEG, technology to monitor her brainwaves. When she appears calm and focused, her scores on the games go up. The idea is that the feedback will help her learn how to center her mind not just when she’s playing these games, but when she’s playing volleyball—and throughout the rest of her life as well ...

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Defence3D Trailer

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DEFENCE 3D is an independent serious game development company based out of Canberra, Australia.

We specialize in design, integration and production of advanced interactive simulation and training systems, providing leading edge solutions for the military domains including: Army, Air Force, NAVY. Based on our extensive project expertise including development of operation simulators for the latest fighters, helicopters and tanks, we are creating efficient training solutions with the most recent technological innovations.

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Nasa Successfully Tests Shapeshifting Aircraft Wings

Nasa Successfully Tests Shapeshifting Aircraft Wings | SimulationWeek |

Nasa has successfully tested a next-generation set of 'morphing' aircraft wings, which have the potential to save millions of dollars in fuel costs, as well as significantly reduce aircraft noise and the environmental impact of flying.

The wing surface can shift shape mid flight, thanks to seamless bendable, twistable materials. The advanced lightweight materials used to build the flexible wings will not only reduce the weight of wing structures, but allow engineers to tailor them to improve fuel economy. Even better -- the technology can be retrofitted to existing aeroplanes. It is hoped that the technology will have far-reaching effects on the future of aviation ...

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New Technologies Help Realise Vineyard of Future

New Technologies Help Realise Vineyard of Future | SimulationWeek |

South Australia’s vision of a “vineyard of the future” is already producing results for the vineyards of today.

University of Adelaide researchers with combined expertise in engineering and plant biology have developed three new techniques for monitoring grape and vine performance, with others in the pipeline.

The first – an iPhone app to measure canopy growth – is being beta tested by a leading wine company prior to being released through iTunes.

The second is a new way of measuring vine water status using near-infrared spectroscopy (wave lengths above our visual range). The aim is a “point-and-click” measure of how much water stress a vine is under. 

The third technique uses impedance spectroscopy to measure grape quality, in much the same way as measuring fat levels in humans. An electrode is attached to a berry, an alternating current passes across it, and from this you can tell how the cells are behaving in the berry ...

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Emergency - Child Ruptures Spleen in Accident

Each year over 1000 children require surgery at John Hunter Children's Hospital. These may be planned or emergency. This video is scenario of a 10 year old child named Riley who has been rushed to hospital following a cycling accident, causing a ruptured spleen. 

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da Vinci Surgical System: Surgery on a grape

Edward Hospital has the da Vinci Si Surgical System, the most advanced robotic technology available which can be used for a range of minimally invasive procedures in gynecology, urology, thoracic and general surgery. For surgeons, da Vinci's benefits include better vision, more precision and more control due to the system's magnification and 3D capabilities, elimination of tremors and multiple degrees and directions of movement. Through da Vinci's robotic wrists which are capable of rotating 540 degrees, surgeons are able to perform movements that aren't possible with human hands.

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ACU Healthcare Simulation Education

Submitted by the Australian Catholic University (ACU) for SimulationWeek

The Faculty of Health Sciences at Australian Catholic University (ACU) is committed to quality simulation as an engaging and effective method for introducing, refining and advancing clinical practice. The Faculty employs simulation for a wide range of purposes, from the development of procedural skills through to teamwork, clinical reasoning and introducing students to the world of professional practice.


Simulation plays a significant role in preparing students for the realities of practice. These include:

  • simulating the clinical placement, introducing second-year occupational therapy students to vocational rehabilitation;
  • simulating a clinical placement experience, enabling physiotherapy students to refine their clinical practice and interpersonal communication skills;
  • employing simulation-based learning for a capstone Bachelor of Nursing subject, designed to prepare nursing students for the transition to graduate nurse through the development of clinical reasoning skills;
  • preparing postgraduate psychology students for client engagement, assessment, and intervention through simulation; and
  • through the use of video/data overlay, simulating diagnostic tests for exercise physiology students.


ACU also understands the need to advance simulation practice locally and globally, and developed its Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Simulation Education with this need in mind. Face-to-face workshops, offered as part of this course are running this week, and provide a forum for students to consolidate and apply the theoretical content of this innovative and practical course.

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Autodesk Project Scorch – Reducing the Barriers to Smoke & Fire Simulation

Autodesk Project Scorch – Reducing the Barriers to Smoke & Fire Simulation | SimulationWeek |

Submitted by Autodesk for SimulationWeek

Dylan Kenneally is part of the Simulation Emerging Products & Technologies team at Autodesk, and has been leading the development effort for Project Scorch. Project Scorch is a free technology preview that acts as a pre & post processor for the widely respected Fire Dynamics Simulator from NIST.


Using Project Scorch, you can easily import 3D geometry from a wide variety of CAD systems, set burner & sprinkler locations and see the visual results of the simulation in one easy to use application.

Autodesk would love to get your feedback on Project Scorch, you can find out more by clicking here

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Shielding Validation System

Shielding Validation System | SimulationWeek |

Submitted by 2MRD for SimulationWeek 

Medicine is heavily reliant upon radiation such as x-rays to diagnose, monitor, and treat a variety of disorders. Facilities containing radiation sources (eg CT scanners, radiotherapy equipment) require shielding to limit unnecessary exposure to patients, workers, and the public. When designing a facility, radiation protection professionals will assess the proposed shielding using simple calculations. 2MRD is currently developing a simulation framework and complimentary services that enable more accurate radiation shielding assessments prior to construction. We fully simulate and characterise the radiation environment, reducing potential for retrofitting of more shielding after construction.

For healthcare providers who are seeking to reduce the cost of construction or refurbishment of radiation based facilities, we are able to accurately simulate the effectiveness of a given design. We can optimise this design in order to limit radiation exposure, before construction takes place. This allows for more confidence in a clinic design, and mitigates the risk of costly retrofitting and design changes after construction. For radiation protection experts who are responsible for the certification of radiation shielding in new and refurbished radiotherapy and radiology clinics, this simulation provides a means to validate their calculations ...


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Game Sense Promises Smarter AFL Players

Game Sense Promises Smarter AFL Players | SimulationWeek |

Australian Rules Football is in the process of rethinking the way it approaches coaching and teaching the game, and Flinders University’s Dr Shane Pill is among those leading the charge.

Dr Pill, a senior lecturer the School of Education, was a keynote speaker at the pre-season AFL National Coaching Conference at Etihad Stadium. His message to the 400 delegates was delivered partly as a TED Talks-style presentation on the principles of the Game Sense coaching approach and partly as a practical demonstration using “miked-up” coaches and players from the Dandenong Stingrays ...

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Graduate Paramedics - In Safe Hands

Graduate Paramedics - In Safe Hands | SimulationWeek |

Submitted by SA Ambulance Service for SimulationWeek 

I never used to have much to do with paramedics as a junior doctor. It was only when working in the ED as a registrar that I was exposed to them…probably a good 3-4 years into my postgraduate medical career. Even then, I had little idea of the challenges they faced, despite being in the same business of managing trauma, critical illness. But of course with the usual pressures in ED (access block, running at 120% capacity, begging for appropriate consults and dealing with all the usual stresses of staffing and supervision) it was easy to just bemoan the fact that patients were dropped off covered in gravel from the roadside and possibly some time after the incident...

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Simulate the Possible

Simulate the Possible | SimulationWeek |

Submitted by Nicole Jones de Rooy for SimulationWeek

For the last two years I have curated these three pages. I do this because I love learning about modelling and simulation.  This specific page curates news that highlights the different industries that are utilising simulation for training.  From welding pipes under the sea to open heart surgery.  It is important to share these advances with the broader community to further funding, research, development and up-take.

Via Nicole Jones de Rooy
Nicole Jones de Rooy's curator insight, April 30, 2015 11:26 PM

I encourage everyone to consider writing down what they do in their industry with modelling and simulation.  


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