Analyst Level Documentation for the Search and Rescue Simulation (SARSIM).
COAST GUARD RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER GROTON CT
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The Search and Rescue Simulation SARSIM is a management tool that has been developed to aid Coast Guard decision-makers in developing long-range strategic plans to carry out the SAR mission. SARSIM is a discrete event digital computer simulation program programmed in SIMSCRIPT II.5. It is a highly flexible user-oriented model that simulates Coast Guard response to futuristic caseloads. SARSIM is comprised of three major modules. The first major module is the PREPROCESSOR. The PREPROCESSOR is used to generate expected caseloads based on the historical SAR Data Base. In other words, it supplies a scenario, or futuristic caseload which may, if desired, be used for many different simulation runs. The heart of SARSIM, the SIMULATOR, is essentially a bookkeeping system which logs in cases, registers their needs, investigates the availability of service facilities, assigns resources for servicing, and generally keeps track of simulated time spent in the several possible activities represented within the model and maintains statistics for output. The POSTPROCESSOR is a data retrieval package, which operates on data files from the SIMULATOR to permit a more detailed analysis of simulation runs as a supplement to the printed report from the SIMULATOR. Author
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