Department of Energy selects AIMMS for NEMS Modeling

We are pleased to announce that AIMMS has been selected by the US Energy Information Administration as part of the National Energy Modeling system (NEMS). Paragon’s US office is delighted to work with the US Energy Information Administration modeling team on this opportunity to bring the benefits of optimization and decision support science to our society. The results of this work are published annually in the Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) and are used to analyze the effects of government laws and regulations related to energy production and use; the potential impact of new and advanced energy production, conversion, and consumption technologies; the impact and cost of greenhouse gas control; the impact of increased use of renewable energy sources; and the potential savings from increased efficiency of energy use. For more information, access the EIA’s website.

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AIMMS for Business

Americas News: MOPTA student submissions available online

We are making available the projects, presentations, and report submissions done by the finalists of the 3rd AIMMS/MOPTA Optimization Modeling Competition.  The winners were announced at the MOPTA 2011 Conference banquet with Team RANDOM (University of Twente, The Netherlands) taking first place for their heuristic approach to solving this year’s second order cone problem (quadratic nonconvex). Team RANDOM includes team members Arturo E. Perez Rivera and Rick van Urk, along with their advisor, Bodo Manthey.

Americas Events: 2011 INFORMS Conference
Please join us November 12-16, 2011 at the INFORMS 2011 Annual Meeting at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. You can find us at Booth #109 on the exhibition floor or at the following workshops and presentations:

  • Saturday, November 12th, 12 noon, Room 219B – AIMMS WorkshopWe will take you through the exciting world of Constraint Programming at our pre-conference workshop entitled, “Constraint Programming in AIMMS – 101 and Beyond”,
  • Monday, November 14th, 1:30 p.m. – AIMMS DemonstrationThis demonstration will present real-life examples of AIMMS’ new Constraint Programming functionalities,
  • Tuesday, November 15th, 3:10 p.m., Ballroom A – Keynote PresentationOur Senior Specialist, and Edelman Laureate Peter Nieuwesteeg, will participate in Midwest ISO’s Keynote presentation: “Franz Edelman Award-Reprise”,
  • Tuesday, November 15th , 4:30 p.m. – AIMMS SessionWe will share some practical examples of AIMMS’ visualization capabilities and advanced integrated solving techniques – made possible by the new extension of Constraint Programming in AIMMS – during the session titled, “Constraint Programming to Solve Business Problems”,
  • Wednesday, November 16th, 2:45 p.m. – AIMMS SessionWe will present examples of advanced algorithms, including multi-start and the Quesada-Grossmann algorithm for convex MINILP, during his session, “Implementing Advanced Algorithms in AIMMS”.

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EMEA News: Production Planning at Rijk Zwaan
AIMMS partner Outperform has been selected to provide a system for the planning of global seed production at Rijk Zwaan. Deciding factors were the quality of the Outperform software products, a demonstration of how these can be applied to the seed production challenge and commitment to meet the requirements in full. Read more.

EMEA Events: The Golden Age of Gas

On October 14th, Paragon was invited to participate at an event of the Future Energy Networks Initiative at The Dutch Embassy in Berlin, Germany. This event was organized by the Dutch (3TU) and German (Matheon) Technical Universities. Open Grid Europe GmbH and Gas Transport Services B.V. – Germany’s and Holland’s leading natural gas transmission companies – clearly indicated in their presentations the need for smart optimization solutions for the national and European gas networks. While today both companies mainly simulate their operations, there is an urgent need for optimization in the near future because of changing market conditions (decoupled entry/exit gas system) and the anticipated growth in demand (the Golden Age of Gas).

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AP News: Philippines Visit
During November 10-11, we will be visiting companies and universities in the Philippines. Please contact us if you would like to arrange for an in-company demonstration of the benefits of optimization and AIMMS for your organization.

AP Events: AIMMS 2-Day Workshop
We are pleased to announce that our next 2-day AIMMS Workshop will be held November 16-17 in Singapore. If you would like to register for this workshop, please contact us at Seating is limited.

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AIMMS Product News

Spotlight: Units of Measurement

Although we are continuously developing and improving features, it is good to highlight existing features that make AIMMS unique and provide value to our customers. During a visit of BP last month, we were complimented on our incorporated Units of Measurement functionality. It has saved BP days of development, helps them to assure models and data are properly scaled and defined, and allows end-users to select between different units of measure (such as English or Metric) for data display and entry. As BP states, these are important ingredients to capture the full benefits of optimization. For the complete quote: click here.

If you want to learn how to improve your models, please check out the Units of Measurement chapter in the Language Reference or contact us at

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