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Simio, a developer of 3D object-oriented simulation software, has awarded a USD356,400 (GBP230,600) grant to the Logistics Institute at Hull University Business School.

Prof David Menachof, Peter Thompson Chair of Port Logistics at the business school, was awarded the grant and said he believes the software will greatly help to support teaching and research within the institute.

‘We intend to use this software with our operations-management modules of the MBA and MSc degrees and in the supply-chain modelling module for undergraduates in the logistics institute.

‘There will also be the opportunity for academic staff to use the software to further enhance their research, such as my own supply-chain risk and security projects,’ Prof Menachof added.

The University of Hull is now one of more than 140 universities worldwide to join Simio’s academic programme, which offers Simio’s 3D modelling software to schools at no charge.

Simio Academic Edition software has no model size limits and includes discrete and continuous modelling, object library development and 3D animation.

Students at the university will be able to model systems using intelligent objects and the software’s direct connection to Google’s 3D Warehouse – two features unique to Simio.

The intelligent objects are built by modellers and may then be reused in multiple modelling projects.

These objects can be stored in libraries and easily shared.

Simio’s connection to Google’s 3D Warehouse gives access to a free online library of thousands of graphic objects – providing students with the ability to solve real-world problems in visually rich environments.

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