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What is SIMUL8?

Decision making happens every day, at every level, in every business.

Make your best decisions, every time - and deliver serious impact fast - with Simul8.

Base decisions on truth, not hunches. Understand and maximize flow. Reveal and inspire new ways to operate. Forecast and plan with confidence. Challenge the status quo. It's all possible with Simul8.

From decisions that save millions, to saving lives, organizations in every industry are driving transformative changes with Simul8.

Who Uses SIMUL8?

Simul8 is the most intuitive and fastest simulation engine on the market. Before Simul8, simulation software was costly, resource-hungry and time-intensive, Simul8 makes simulation accessible to all.

Where can SIMUL8 be deployed?

Cloud, SaaS, Web-based, Windows (Desktop), Windows (On-Premise)

About the vendor

  • SIMUL8
  • Located in Glasgow, UK
  • Founded in 1994
  • Phone Support
  • Chat

Countries available

United Kingdom, United States

Languages

Japanese

SIMUL8 pricing

Starting Price:

US$395.00/month
  • Yes, has free trial
  • Yes, has free version

SIMUL8 has a free version and offers a free trial. SIMUL8 paid version starts at US$395.00/month.

Pricing plans

About the vendor

  • SIMUL8
  • Located in Glasgow, UK
  • Founded in 1994
  • Phone Support
  • Chat

Countries available

United Kingdom, United States

Languages

Japanese

SIMUL8 videos and images

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Features of SIMUL8

  • 3D Imaging
  • Agent-Based Modeling
  • Continuous Modeling
  • Direct Manipulation
  • Discrete Event Modeling
  • Dynamic Modeling
  • Graphical Data Presentation
  • Mathematical Modeling
  • Motion Modeling
  • Presentation Tools
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Stochastic Modeling

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Reviews of SIMUL8

Average score

Overall
4.6
Ease of Use
4.3
Customer Service
4.9
Features
4.5
Value for Money
4.6

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001

Find reviews by score

5
63%
4
33%
3
5%
Kristina N.
Kristina N.
Industrial Engineer II in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Mechanical or Industrial Engineering, 1,001-5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Ease of use and WONDERFUL customer experience

5 3 years ago

Comments: 10/10 - I would purchase again. I also took the training with customer service rep and that unlocked my use of the tool more than if I were to just buy and use without going.Both the reps are the two employees I interface with most and I can't say enough positive things about my experience as a customer and user. They already had the sale, they didn't need to keep helping me but I feel their attitude is for the product to truly help my decision making.

Pros:

Product is easy to use but the absolute BEST feature is the support. I can shoot an email with a question and get a very helpful response in under a day or, even better, I have emailed them my file and had support respond with where my error was. I wish I could give them 6/5 stars in this category.

Cons:

In today's world we are spoiled with things like the iPhone "just working" and there are a few features that require some extra clicks when trying to make changes. Also could have more "flashy" charts/features but I just export the data to excel when needed to make these.

Alternatives Considered: FlexSim, Arena, Visual Components, Teamcenter and Simio

Reasons for Switching to SIMUL8: When our team was evaluating multiple software, Simlu8 was the only one that had their price displayed on their website. There were others slightly cheaper through a quoting system but the Simul8 product in addition to the culture of transparency was plain better. Depending on which we were comparing it against, Simul8 had a better UX and/or better features for what we needed.

Thomas L.
Project Manager in US
Hospital & Health Care, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
Reviewer Source

World Class Simulation Software and Customer Support

5 5 months ago

Comments: An additional note on the consultant we worked with, not only is he thoroughly competent and knowledgeable about the Simul8 software features and functionalities, he was quite fun to work with and a great conversationalist. Simul8 clearly recruits great talent, both on a personal and professional level. Overall - Simul8 has been great to do business with and well worth the investment!

Pros:

The software is very user friendly and the Simul8 consulting team is one of a kind. Our team had the majority of the model set up and ready configure within the first 2-3 weeks. We ran some test to see if the model was working properly before engaging with the internal consulting team, and we were able to do so with minimal effort - the software is quite intuitive. The configuration of the model did take some time, as our process is quite complex, but the consultant we worked with was a great resource and helped us get our model running accounting for all of our process specifics. An additional note on the consultant we worked with, not only is he thoroughly competent and knowledgeable about the Simul8 software features and functionalities, he was quite fun to work with and a great conversationalist. Simul8 clearly recruits great talent, both on a personal and professional level. Overall - Simul8 has been great to do business with and well worth the investment!

Cons:

There are no cons about the software that we wish to report at this time.

Alternatives Considered: AnyLogic

Reasons for Switching to SIMUL8: It's user friendliness and reasonable cost. AnyLogic was much more expensive and much less user friendly so Simul8 was a no brainer.

Iris O.
Analyst in UK
Government Administration, 5,001-10,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
Reviewer Source

Great support staff. But poor documentation.

3 2 years ago

Pros:

I value the availability of the support chat function. The support staff are very forthcoming and helpful.

Cons:

I need to use the visual logic functionality for most of my modelling. But the documentation for this is lacking. Comprehensive documentation, tutorials and documented examples would improve the experience significantly. The VL interface is also quite frustrating as compared to normal programming languages. Finding commands is difficult, and the use of the interface is not intuitive.

SIMUL8 Response

last year

Hi Iris, Thanks for your valuable feedback! We'd really appreciate your input to help us make improvements in these areas. One of our support team will be in touch shortly to check in. Thanks again, The Simul8 team

Ron M.
Quality Specialist in Canada
Hospital & Health Care, 5,001-10,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
Reviewer Source

SIMUL8 Initial Review

5 3 months ago

Comments: Overall, using SIMUL8 to build trial simulations has been great and very easy to use. Learning the basics is easy, especially if you have previous knowledge of the foundations of discrete event simulations. Although I shared criticisms of the 'availability' of information for more complex modelling, I would like to comment that this is addressed by the level of responsiveness and support provided by SIMUL8 after purchase.
When I had 'what if' questions with SIMUL8 or if I was looking to see if a particular modelling characteristic is possible, their help email is responsive (usually less than a day to respond) and detailed. They will work with you on recommendations on specific aspects of your simulations that you may have a question on. There are also forums that they provide for their users such as drop-in sessions where examples are shared by their consultants, which usually includes a question and answer period. Of course, their support team isn't going to build your simulations for you, but having a post-purchase support team that is able to answer complex questions through multiple forums (emails, drop in sessions) is extremely valuable.

Pros:

Although SIMUL8 has not been used in a formal project, I will comment on the positives of the solution in the context of building trial simulations of areas in a healthcare setting. Previously, I built basic queuing model through spreadsheets. This was time consuming and limited to the basic pathways. In addition, it was difficult to build pathways which required resources or loops. It was night and day going from so much manual work to SIMUL8. From my experience, SIMUL8 has made building straight forward simulations, assigning resources and timing very easy. I would estimate multi stage queuing models now take me an hour to build, whereas formulation on a spreadsheet would have taken multiple days. Most of the software for simple modelling is quite intuitive - especially the basic building blocks. The other aspect that I enjoy with SIMUL8 is the built in statistical distribution tests through STAT:FIT. A major component of discrete event simulation is data availability and identification of the best distributions. Having built it into SIMUL8 makes it seamless to import data, test for best distribution, and enter the information into SIMUL8. The last aspect I would like to comment on as it relates to SIMUL8 isn't actually related to the software itself; rather the post-purchase support provided by the SIMUL8 team. As someone fairly new to using discrete event simulation software, I appreciate the responsiveness and detail provided by the help team to my questions.

Cons:

Most of the 'downsides' of the software I found isn't with the software itself, but the availability of information for new users. It would be helpful if the software came with a formal user manual or document. Although new users have access to SIMUL8 academy, the courseware does not cover all basic topics, so one would have to actively look for the information online on the SIMUL8 website. There is also minimal information or examples that is readily available around modelling more complex scenarios when one is more comfortable with SIMUL8. This information may or may not be on the SIMUL8 website. An example is the use of job matrix when resources aren't limited to one work stations or activity. This is a common occurrence in healthcare so having this taught as part of SIMUL8 academy would have been helpful.

Ben V.
Continuous Improvement Leader Sr. in US
Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, 10,000+ Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Easy, fast, and powerful simulations.

5 3 years ago

Comments: Overall experience has been great. I have shared this tool with many other sites in Plexus as well as other non-competitive companies as a great asset.

Pros:

The best part about Simul8 is how easy it is to pick up. I have easily trained many people how to become powerful users in a short time period to where they can create customer level simulations.

Cons:

There are very few minor flaws in the software that are very industry specific. None that are worth mentioning due to insignificance.

Alternatives Considered: Simio

Reasons for Switching to SIMUL8: The price, ease to learn, and quickness to build were unmatched. Other simulations focused too much on aesthetics.

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