Warehouse and Distribution Science, <http://www.warehouse-science.com>
- J Bartholdi, S. Hackman
Advances in computer technology have enabled greater use of computational learning activities in the industrial engineering curriculum. In this paper, we describe development and use of such learning activities at Georgia Tech. The goal is to create a “virtual industrial system” (VIS) with which students interact in an active learning environment to perform web-based lab assignments. In these assignments, students are given realistic case study data to explore, manipulate and analyze. An object model of manufacturing and warehousing provides a common database structure for the VIS across different lab assignments, which address concepts such as warehouse design, production planning and forecasting. After describing the object model and VIS architecture, we focus on a particular lab assignment in warehouse design, and discuss experiences to date in developing and deploying VIS lab assignments in the undergraduate IE curriculum.