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Recent highlights

  • New AIMMS Service Partner in Germany: GTS Systems & Consulting
  • AIMMS LinkedIn group established
  • Preview of new AIMMS features
  • Move of Dutch office
  • New people at Paragon

AIMMS reference cases

  • Offshore gas planning at Petrobras
  • SCM optimization tool for pet food company Provimi
  • Modified outer approximation algorithm for distillation column synthesis
  • Send in your AIMMS reference case

OR in the spotlight

  • INFORMS launches 2nd issue of Analytics
  • NEOS Wiki launched to replace NEOS Guide

Calendar

  • AIMMS User Meetings
  • AIMMS at upcoming conferences
  • Workshop calendar
  • Register to stay up-to date

Recent highlights

New AIMMS Service Partner in Germany: GTS Systems & Consulting

On August 1st, 2008, GTS Systems & Consulting GmbH became an AIMMS Service Partner. GTS is based near Aachen and has close links with the famous RWTH University there. GTS has extensive experience in delivering optimization solutions to customers in logistics & transportation. As partner in the network of AIMMS Service Partners, GTS develops and delivers AIMMS-based solutions to German customers.

Further information about GTS is available on the GTS website.

AIMMS LinkedIn group established

We have created the AIMMS Professionals Group within LinkedIn, one of the leading business network services. The group is open to all active users of AIMMS. By joining the group, you can link to other AIMMS professionals and become part of a community that is passionate about enabling Operations Research with AIMMS.

Join the AIMMS LinkedIn Group now.

Preview of new AIMMS features

As always, our R&D team is working hard on new features to be included in upcoming versions of AIMMS. New and enhanced features that are under development include:

  • Nonlinear Math Program Inspector
  • New version of the MOSEK solver
  • New CPLEX and AOA options
  • Enhanced pivot table functionality
  • Various other GUI enhancements
  • Additional database functionality
  • New and improved AIMMS application examples

Please note that this list is provisional and may be revised.

Move of Dutch office

In April, the Dutch office of Paragon Decision Technology moved to a new location in Haarlem: Schipholweg 1, 2034 LS Haarlem, The Netherlands. The telephone and fax numbers remain unchanged, but the PO Box address is discontinued. The new office provides the extra space needed for our expanding team to support our continuous developments of AIMMS and expanding customer base.

Visit our website for complete address details of all our offices.

New people at Paragon

New people have joined the AIMMS Research & Development team: Floor, Marcel, and Michael. Floor has a Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence (University of Amsterdam) and experience developing software solutions for healthcare institutions. Marcel has a Master’s degree in Computer Science (University of Amsterdam) and has a special interest in human-computer interaction, and graphical user interfaces in particular. Michael has a degree in Computer Science from the University of Amsterdam and 14 years’ experience as a software developer for the financial and petrochemical industries.

We also have two new people joining our Professional Services team: Guido in our Dutch office and Deanne in our US office. Guido will defend his PhD thesis at the faculty of Information & Computing Sciences (University of Utrecht) on “Column generation algorithms for machine scheduling and integrated airport planning”. Deanne is joining us from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she recently received her MSc in Industrial Engineering with a focus on Computational Optimization.

AIMMS reference cases

Offshore gas planning at Petrobras

AIMMS is the core of a new application called MOVIGAS, a decision support tool for multi-annual offshore gas planning that helps Petrobras to maximize oil & gas exploitation at Campos Basin, on Brazil’s southeast coast. The application is connected to several company databases, providing the user up-to-date information. With the intuitive graphical interface, planners can navigate through the gas network, identify bottlenecks, and generate an optimal plan.

Read more about this Petrobras case study.

SCM optimization tool for pet food company Provimi

Optasoft, our Hungarian AIMMS Service Partner, has developed a Supply Chain Management tool for Provimi in less than four months. The tool is based on AIMMS’ robust and flexible platform and optimizes the transport between production lines, packaging lines and customers for more than 800 products across 17 countries.

Provimi’s manager said: “Optasoft provided us an optimal solution by tailoring AIMMS to the problem of our company.”

Download a PDF of this reference case from Optasoft’s partner page.

Modified outer approximation algorithm for distillation column synthesis

A research team from Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) has developed a new MINLP formulation for optimizing a complex multicomponent separation system consisting of several distillation columns. To solve this complex system with a huge number of nonlinear equations, the team has developed a modified AIMMS outer approximation algorithm to provide good initial values for the NLP subproblems. This illustrates how AIMMS’ GMP library can be used to implement advanced solution approaches.

The full paper is available from the webpage about the AIMMS Outer Approximation Algorithm.

Send in your AIMMS reference case

On our website you can find more reference cases describing the benefits achieved with AIMMS applications in different industries and business processes. If you are also willing to share your AIMMS Reference Case with us and with others, we look forward to hearing from you via info@aimms.com.

OR in the spotlight

INFORMS launches 2nd issue of Analytics

Analytics is a new digital magazine that looks at how data, modeling, and mathematical analysis is used to drive better business decisions and provide concrete competitive advantages. The second issue of Analytics is now available on-line.

NEOS Wiki launched to replace NEOS Guide

The NEOS (Network Enabled Optimization System) software guide has been upgraded to a wiki to allow quicker and easier access to the software pages. The old NEOS software guide will be phased out over the next year.

Visit the new NEOS Wiki to explore this online source for optimization information.

Calendar

AIMMS User Meetings

September 4, Academic AIMMS User Meeting, Augsburg, Germany

On Thursday, September 4 from 17:00 to 18:30 we will host an AIMMS Academic User Meeting at the GOR conference in Augsburg, Germany. We will briefly present the teaching tools available with AIMMS and the newest algorithmic capabilities, and you can exchange experiences with other AIMMS Users.

Read on about the AIMMS User Meeting in Germany.

November 14, Dutch AIMMS User Meeting, Haarlem, Netherlands

On Friday afternoon, November 14, we will host a Dutch AIMMS User Meeting in Haarlem. There will be short presentations by a few customers about their AIMMS applications, and ample time to exchange experiences and provide us your input for the development of AIMMS. This meeting is also an ideal opportunity to see our new office and to meet the people behind AIMMS!

Read more about the Dutch AIMMS User Meeting. Please register for this meeting by sending an e-mail to info@aimms.com.

AIMMS at upcoming conferences

Sept 3-5, OR 2008 conference, Augsburg, Germany

Of course you can meet us again at our exhibit at the annual conference of the GOR. We will contribute a presentation about the use of AIMMS in teaching OR, and a presentation about the use of AIMMS’ nonlinear programming features to optimize production processes. And don’t forget to come to the AIMMS User Meeting at the conference, on Thursday afternoon!

September 9-11, OR 50 conference, York, UK

At the annual conference organized by the OR Society in the UK, you can find out more about AIMMS during the software presentation and at the AIMMS exhibition booth.

October 12-15, INFORMS Annual Meeting, Washington DC, USA

During the annual INFORMS meeting, you can visit the AIMMS exhibition booth and attend various focused AIMMS presentations. In addition, we offer a free pre-conference workshop on October 11 to enable you to experience the benefits of working with AIMMS yourself.

Read more about these and other OR conferences on our website.

Workshop calendar

We regularly offer 2-day AIMMS workshops where you learn how to use and enjoy AIMMS, in small groups and with hands-on exercises. To serve customers around the world, we have scheduled workshops at our three office locations:

  • September 17-18 in Haarlem (Netherlands),
  • October 9-10 in Singapore,
  • November 4-5 in Kirkland, WA (USA),
  • December 10-11 in Haarlem (Netherlands).

To sign up, please use the registration from our AIMMS Workshops page.

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