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Kinder Morgan / Riskcore Ltd.
Product: @RISK
Application: Modelling project cost contingency and escalation
Industry: Energy
Federal Home Loan Bank of Indiana
Product: @RISK
Application: Portfolio Credit Risk
Industry: Finance
Red Leaf Resources
Product: @RISK
Application: Developing new oil shale technologies
Industry: Energy & Utilities
Sinopec Engineering (Group) Co., Ltd (SEG)
Product: @RISK
Application: Evaluate petroleum and petrochemical projects valued over US$100m
Industry: Energy
Tesla Consultants
Product: @RISK
Application: Assessing Needs for Equipment Upgrades
Industry: Utilities
University of Adelaide
Product: @RISK
Application: Prediction of metal corrosion in salt water
Industry: Academic
University of Tasmania
Product: @RISK
Application: Evaluating production strategies for salmon farming
Industry: Agriculture/Aquaculture
National Grid UK
Product: @RISK
Application: Modeling electricity network restoration performance
Industry: Energy & Utilities
Solis Financial Forensics LLC
Product: @RISK
Application: Projecting Economic Damages for Attorneys Involved in Complex Lawsuits
Industry: Financial Forensics
CONTI-Group
Product: @RISK
Application: Financial Planning for Shipping Investment Funds
Industry: Shipping/Transport
Major Utility in Eastern US
Product: The DecisionTools Suite
Application: Load Forecasting
Industry: Utilities
Amway
Product: Custom Development
Application: Long-Range Capacity Planning
Industry: Manufacturing
L.E. Peabody & Associates
Product: @RISK
Application: Real Option Valuations of Power Plants
Industry: Energy & Utilities
Louisiana Department of Health
Product: Custom Development
Application: Large-scale Hospital Evacuation Planning
Industry: Government
Pellegrino & Associates
Product: @RISK
Application: Intellectual Property Valuation
Industry: Finance
Integral Consulting
Product: @RISK
Application: Mine Remediation
Industry: Environmental
University Of Victoria
Product: @RISK
Application: Lifetime Excess Cancer Risk
Industry: Academic
Rusnano
Product: The DecisionTools Suite
Application: Private equity investment in nanotechnology
Industry: Finance
MRAG Asia Pacific
Product: @RISK
Application: Quantifying Illegal Fishing
Industry: Environment
Netconomy
Product: @RISK
Application: Budget Forecasting
Industry: Finance
Department of Energy and Climate Change
Product: @RISK
Application: Carbon emission forecasts
Industry: Government
Academic
Brazilian Petroleum Institute
Product: @RISK
Application: Oil Exploration
Bucknell University
Product: PrecisionTree
Application: Technology Implementation
Cambridge University
Product: @RISK
Application: Climate Change
Columbia University
Product: @RISK
Application: Energy and Public Policy
Cornell University
Product: @RISK
Application: Financial Management
Curtin University of Technology
Product: @RISK
Application: Statistical analysis
DePaul University/Advanced Analytics LLC
Product: DecisionTools Suite
Application: Sports Wagering
Illinois State University
Product: @RISK
Application: Pharmaceutical R&D, Net Present Value, Internal Rate of Return
Illinois State University
Product: @RISK
Application: Real Options and Finance
INCAE Business School
Product: @RISK
Application: Finance and Capital Markets
Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University
Product: @RISK
Application: Election Forecasting
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Product: @RISK
Application: Mining Engineering
Pace University
Product: StatTools, DecisionTools Suite
Application: Operations Research
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Product: DecisionTools Suite
Application: Engineering system design and optimization
Swinburne University of Technology
Product: @RISK
Application: Venture Capital Management
Technical University of Denmark
Product: @RISK
Application: Transportation research
Tulane University
Product: @RISK
Application: Food Safety
University of Adelaide
Product: @RISK
Application: Prediction of metal corrosion in salt water
University of Houston
Product: DecisionTools Suite
Application: Managerial Decision Making
University of London Royal Veterinary College / EpiX Analytics
Product: @RISK
Application: Health and food safety
University Melbourne
Product: @RISK
Application: Forecasting Dairy Operating Profits
University of New Brunswick
Product: @RISK
Application: Reducing Environmental Impact of Commercial Aquaculture
University of Pennsylvania
Product: DecisionTools Suite
Application: Organizational Dynamics
University of Pretoria
Product: DecisionTools Suite, @RISK, TopRank
Application: Viral Exposure
University of Toronto
Product: DecisionTools Suite
Application: Financial Management
University Of Victoria
Product: @RISK
Application: Lifetime Excess Cancer Risk
University of Witwatersrand
Product: @RISK
Application: Mining Engineering
Virginia Commonwealth University
Product: @RISK
Application: Value at Risk Analysis

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In Agriculture:
Cornell University / Purdue University
Product: @RISK
Application: Agriculture Policy Assessment
University of Buenos Aires
Product: @RISK
Application: Agricultural Investment
University of Tokyo
Product: @RISK
Application: Agriculture
In Environment:
Cornell University /
Lower Colorado River Authority

Product: @RISK
Application: Natural Resource Mgmt
In Energy:
Cranfield University
Product: @RISK
Application: Equipment Reliability
In Finance:
London Business School /
Novartis Pharmaceutical

Product: @RISK, PrecisionTree, RISKOptimizer, DecisionTools Suite
Application: Portfolio Management
In Medical:
Royal Veterinary College
Product: @RISK
Application: Disease Prevention
Energy & Utilities
Abu Dhabi Water &
Electricity Company

Product: @RISK
Application: Demand Forecasting
Águas do Douro e Paiva
Product: @RISK
Application: Cost Reduction
Alesco Risk Management
Services Limited

Product: @RISK
Application: Risk modelling to determine optimum risk financing and insurance strategies
BC Hydro
Product: @RISK
Application: Project Analysis
Bigen Africa
Product: @RISK
Application: Demand and Cost Forecasting
Blade Energy
Product: @RISK
Application: Drilling Productivity
Carnegie Mellon University / Pittsburgh Technical
Product: @RISK
Application: Mitigating project schedule and cost overrun risk
Cinergy
Product: @RISK
Application: Acquisitions Analysis
Cranfield University
Product: @RISK
Application: Equipment Reliability
Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
Product: @RISK
Application: ROI of Different Projects
ECN
Product: @RISK
Application: Financial analysis of offshore wind farms
Enex
Product: DecisionTools Suite
Application: Project Planning
Fitness First
Product: @RISK, RISKOptimizer
Application: Energy Budget Resilience Optimization
Fluor Corporation
Product: @RISK
Application: Oil and Gas Estimating
Futuremetrics
Product: @RISK
Application: Price Hedging
Grupo ISA
Product: @RISK
Application: Investment Analysis
Hydroelectric Power in Colombia
Product: @RISK
Application: Cost estimation
IHS Energy Group
Product: @RISK Developer Kit
Application: Exploration, Drilling, and Production Analysis
Integrating Renewables with Electricity Storage
Product: @RISK
Application: Energy supply and Electricity Demand
Kinder Morgan / Riskcore Ltd.
Product: @RISK
Application: Modelling project cost contingency and escalation
L.E. Peabody & Associates
Product: @RISK
Application: Real Option Valuations of Power Plants
Major Utility in Eastern US
Product: The DecisionTools Suite
Application: Load Forecasting
Metaproject
Product: @RISK, PrecisionTree
Application: Rescue Operations
National Grid UK
Product: @RISK
Application: Modeling electricity network restoration
Northern Indiana
Public Service Company

Product: @RISK, Evolver, RISKOptimizer
Application: Pricing, Production Allocation for Regulation Compliance
Petrobras
Product: @RISK
Application: Exploration & Production
Red Leaf Resources
Product: @RISK
Application: Developing new oil shale technologies
RiskAdvisory
Product: @RISK Developer Kit
Application: Energy Production and Pricing
Rudd Asset Management (RAM)
Product: @RISK
Application: Waste disposal and renewable energy
Sark7
Product: Decision Tools Suite (@RISK, Precision Tree and Evolver)
Application: Optimising the business case for sustainable energy projects
Sinopec Engineering (Group) Co., Ltd (SEG)
Product: @RISK
Application: Evaluate petroleum and petrochemical projects valued over US$100m
Tesla Consultants
Product: @RISK
Application: Assessing Needs for Equipment Upgrades
Tioga Energy
Product: @RISK
Application: Solar energy savings
Transelectrica
Product: @RISK
Application: Measuring and Mitigating Open Market Risk
WEnergy Global
Product: @RISK
Application: Return on Investment

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Halcrow
Product: @RISK
Application: Flood Protection

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» Energy Models

Environment
Air and Waste Management Association
Product: @RISK
Application: Estimating vehicles on congested roads
Aspinall & Associates
Product: @RISK, PrecisionTree, DecisionTools Suite
Application: Disaster Planning
AECOM
Product: @RISK
Application: Climate Change and Flooding Risk Assessment
Bristol’s Environmental Risk Research Centre (BRISK)
Product: DecisionTools Suite
Application: Disaster Planning
Cornell University /
Lower Colorado River Authority

Product: @RISK
Application: Natural Resource Management
Greenup Locks and Dam
Product: @RISK
Application: Dam maintenance and repair
Halcrow
Product: @RISK
Application: Flood Protection
Halcrow Group Ltd /
UK Environment Agency

Product: @RISK
Application: Flood Management
Integral Consulting
Product: @RISK
Application: Mine Remediation
Kennecott Utah Copper
Product: @RISK
Application: Pollution Cleanup
MRAG Asia Pacific
Industry: Environment
Application: Quantifying Illegal Fishing
NOAA Fisheries
Product: @RISK
Application: Estimating effects of dams on Atlantic salmon population dynamics
Purdue University
Product: @RISK
Application: Cost-benefit analysis of biofuel production under two government policies
Triangle Economic Research
Product: @RISK, PrecisionTree
Application: Pollution Cleanup
University of California, Berkeley
Product: @RISK
Application: Modeling extinction risk for Endangered Species
World Conservation Union
Product: @RISK, PrecisionTree, DecisionTools Suite
Application: Endangered Species Protection

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In Academic:
Cambridge University
Product: @RISK
Application: Climate Change
Sark7
Product: Decision Tools Suite (@RISK, Precision Tree and Evolver)
Application: Optimising the business case for sustainable energy projects
In Agriculture:
World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (WAVMA)
Product: @RISK
Application: Helping aquatic farmers to make informed choices that reduce risk of disease in their animals without extensive and costly testing
Finance
Albert Fensterstock Associates
Product: NeuralTools
Application: Credit and debt risk analysis
Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla
Product: @RISK
Application: Derivatives Pricing
Cynametrix
Product: DecisionTools Suite
Application: Portfolio Optimization including IDB
Federal Home Loan Bank of Indiana
Product: @RISK
Application: Portfolio Credit Risk
FiduciaryVest
Product: @RISK
Application: Asset Allocation, Value-at-Risk
George Washington University
Product: @RISK & RISKOptimizer
Application: Debt Portfolios, Capital Investments
London Business School /
Novartis Pharmaceutical

Product: @RISK, PrecisionTree, RISKOptimizer, DecisionTools Suite
Application: Portfolio Management
LStar Capital
Product: @RISK
Application: Risk Quantification in Film Financing
Merck
Product: @RISK
Application: Value-at-Risk Exchange Rate
Netconomy
Product: @RISK
Application: Budget Forecasting
Nighthawk Intelligence
Product: DecisionTools Suite
Application: Private label credit card (PLCC) accounts for major electronics retailer
Pellegrino & Associates
Product: @RISK
Application: Intellectual Property Valuation
Performance Thinking & Technologies
Product: @RISK & RISKOptimizer
Application: Hedge Fund management
Procter & Gamble
Product: @RISK, PrecisionTree, DecisionTools Suite
Application: Production Siting, New Product Analysis, Exchange Rate Analysis, Real Options
Risqworx
Product: @RISK
Application: Calculating investment risk and ROI
Rusnano
Industry: Finance/Banking
Application: Private equity investment in nanotechnology
RoseCap Investment Advisors
Product: @RISK
Application: Valuation of Direct Investment
Solis Financial Forensics LLC
Product: @RISK
Application: Projecting Economic Damages for Attorneys Involved in Complex Lawsuits

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In Academic:
Swinburne University of Technology
Product: @RISK
Application: Venture Capital Management
In Energy:
Cinergy
Product: @RISK
Application: Acquisitions Analysis
Grupo ISA
Product: @RISK
Application: Investment Analysis
In Government:
Her Majesty's Prison Service
Product: @RISK
Application: Cash Flow Analysis
In Insurance/Reinsurance:
Society of Actuaries /
Casualty Actuary Society

Product: @RISK
Application: Pension and Insurance Planning

SEE ALSO: INDUSTRY MODELS
» Finance/Banking Models
Recently Added
Kinder Morgan / Riskcore Ltd.
Product: @RISK
Application: Modelling project cost contingency and escalation
Industry: Energy
Federal Home Loan Bank of Indiana
Product: @RISK
Application: Portfolio Credit Risk
Industry: Finance
Red Leaf Resources
Product: @RISK
Application: Developing new oil shale technologies
Industry: Energy & Utilities
Sinopec Engineering (Group) Co., Ltd (SEG)
Product: @RISK
Application: Evaluate petroleum and petrochemical projects valued over US$100m
Industry: Energy
Tesla Consultants
Product: @RISK
Application: Assessing Needs for Equipment Upgrades
Industry: Utilities
University of Adelaide
Product: @RISK
Application: Prediction of metal corrosion in salt water
Industry: Academic
University of Tasmania
Product: @RISK
Application: Evaluating production strategies for salmon farming
Industry: Agriculture/Aquaculture
National Grid UK
Product: @RISK
Application: Modeling electricity network restoration performance
Industry: Energy & Utilities
Solis Financial Forensics LLC
Product: @RISK
Application: Projecting Economic Damages for Attorneys Involved in Complex Lawsuits
Industry: Financial Forensics
CONTI-Group
Product: @RISK
Application: Financial Planning for Shipping Investment Funds
Industry: Shipping/Transport
Major Utility in Eastern US
Product: The DecisionTools Suite
Application: Load Forecasting
Industry: Utilities
Amway
Product: Custom Development
Application: Long-Range Capacity Planning
Industry: Manufacturing
L.E. Peabody & Associates
Product: @RISK
Application: Real Option Valuations of Power Plants
Industry: Energy & Utilities
Louisiana Department of Health
Product: Custom Development
Application: Large-scale Hospital Evacuation Planning
Industry: Government
Pellegrino & Associates
Product: @RISK
Application: Intellectual Property Valuation
Industry: Finance
Integral Consulting
Product: @RISK
Application: Mine Remediation
Industry: Environmental
University Of Victoria
Product: @RISK
Application: Lifetime Excess Cancer Risk
Industry: Academic
Rusnano
Product: The DecisionTools Suite
Application: Private equity investment in nanotechnology
Industry: Finance
MRAG Asia Pacific
Product: @RISK
Application: Quantifying Illegal Fishing
Industry: Environment
Netconomy
Product: @RISK
Application: Budget Forecasting
Industry: Finance
Department of Energy and Climate Change
Product: @RISK
Application: Carbon emission forecasts
Industry: Government
DecisionTools Suite Cases
Aspinall & Associates
Industry: Environment
Application: Disaster Planning
Bristol’s Environmental Risk Research Centre (BRISK)
Industry: Environment
Application: Disaster Planning
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Industry: Agriculture
Application: Financial Risk Management in Agriculture
Captum Capital
Industry: Healthcare/Pharmaceutical
Application: rNPV of New Companies and Technologies
Cynametrix
Industry: Finance
Application: Portfolio Optimization including IDB
DePaul University/Advanced Analytics LLC
Industry: Academia
Application: Sports Wagering
DNV GL SE
Industry: Shipping
Application: Risk and cost-benefit analysis to enhance the safety of ships and ship systems
Enex
Industry: Energy
Application: Geothermal Power Plant Equipment Procurement
Linksbridge SPC
Industry: Non-Profit
Application: Evaluating Efficacy of Public Health Initiatives
Logion BV
Industry: Transportation
Application: Transportation, Distribution, and Inventory Management
London Business School /
Novartis Pharmaceutical

Industry: Financing/Banking
Application: Portfolio Management
Major Utility in Eastern US
Industry: Utilities
Application: Load Forecasting
MegaFon
Industry: Telecommunications
Application: Enterprise Risk Management
Met-Mex Peñoles
Industry: Six Sigma
Application: Six Sigma Design of Experiments
Nighthawk Intelligence
Industry: Finance
Application: Private label credit card (PLCC) accounts for major electronics retailer
Novelis
Industry: Manufacturing
Application: Project Evaluation
PragmaRisk
Industry: Engineering, Construction
Application: Project cost and schedule risk analysis
Procter & Gamble
Industry: Academic
Application: Production Siting, New Product Analysis, Exchange Rate Analysis, Real Options
Rusnano
Industry: Finance/Banking
Application: Private equity investment in nanotechnology
Sark7
Industry: Sustainable energy (project consulting)
Application: Optimising the business case for sustainable energy projects
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Industry: Finance
Application: Engineering system design and optimization
Triangle Economic Research
Industry: Environment
Application: Pollution Cleanup
Unilever
Industry: Manufacturing
Application: Product launch, capex, and many others
University of California San Diego School of Medicine
Industry: Healthcare / Pharmaceutical
Application: Public Health screening
University of Houston
Industry: Energy, Finance, Medical, and more
Application: Managerial Decision Making
University of Toronto
Industry: Academic
Application: Financial Management
University of Pretoria
Industry: Sciences
Application: Viral Exposure
World Conservation Union
Industry: Environment
Application: Endangered Species Protection

SEE ALSO
In StatTools:
Pace University
Industry: Academic
Application: Operations Research

In @RISK:
Northern Indiana
Public Service Company

Industry: Energy
Application: Pricing, Production Allocation for Regulation Compliance


@RISK Cases
Abu Dhabi Water &
Electricity Company

Industry: Energy and Utilities
Application: Demand Forecasting
African Risk Capacity (ARC)
Industry: Insurance/Reinsurance
Application: Assessing Catastrophic Drought Risk
Air and Waste Management Association
Industry: Environment
Application: Estimating vehicles on congested roads
Alesco Risk Management
Services Limited

Industry: Energy
Application: Risk modelling to determine optimum risk financing and insurance strategies
Amway
Services Limited

Industry: Manufacturing
Application: Long-Range Capacity Planning
Analytics
Industry: Academic
Application: Health and food safety
Águas do Douro e Paiva
Industry: Energy
Application: Cost Reduction
AgustaWestland
Industry: Aerospace
Application: New product development, feasibility studies, business initiatives
Antea Group
Industry: Environment
Application: Cost Justification of Water Recycling Systems
ARC of Yates
Industry: Non-Profit
Application: Budget Forecasting
AECOM
Industry: Environment
Application: Climate Change and Flooding Risk Assessment
BC Hydro
Industry: Energy
Application: Project Analysis
Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla
Industry: Finance
Application: Derivatives Pricing
Bigen Africa
Industry: Energy & Utilities
Application: Demand and Cost Forecasting
Blade Energy
Industry: Energy
Application: Drilling Productivity
Brazilian Petroleum Institute
Industry: Academic
Application: Oil Exploration
Broadleaf Capital International
Industry: Mining
Application: Schedule and Cost Risk, Project Management
Cambridge University
Industry: Academic
Application: Climate Change
Carnegie Mellon University / Pittsburgh Technical
Industry: Nuclear Energy / Energy Infrastructure
Application: Mitigating project schedule and cost overrun risk
Centre for Traffic
& Transport, Denmark

Industry: Transportation
Application: Transportation Planning
Cinergy
Industry: Energy
Application: Acquisitions Analysis
City of Edmonton / SMA Consulting
Industry: Transportation / Government
Application: Project management
Columbia University
Industry: Academic
Application: Energy and Public Policy
CONTI-Group
Industry: Shipping/Transport
Application: Financial Planning for Shipping Investment Funds
Cornell University
Industry: Academic
Application: Financial Management
CP Risk Solutions/
Illinois State University

Industry: Insurance
Application: Reinsurance Strategy
CP Risk Solutions/Illinois State University
Industry: Manufacturing
Application: Factory Shutdown
Cranfield University
Industry: Energy
Application: Equipment Reliability
Cornell University/
Lower Colorado River Authority

Industry: Environment
Application: Natural Resource Mgmt
Cornell University
Industry: Agriculture
Application: Agriculture Policy Assessment
Cummins Inc.
Industry: Six Sigma
Application: Six Sigma Quality Analysis
Curtin University of Technology
Industry: Academic
Application: Statistical analysis
Department of Energy and Climate Change
Industry: Government
Application: Carbon emission forecasts
Deloitte
Industry: Insurance/Reinsurance
Application: Cell Captive Insurance
Deloitte AIS
Industry: Insurance/Reinsurance
Application: Financial Planning for Environmental Rehabilitation
Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
Industry: Energy
Application: ROI of Different Projects
DNV GL
Industry: Energy
Application: Project Risk Management, Enterprise Risk Management, SHE Risk Management, Operational Risk Management
ECN
Industry: Energy research organisation
Application: Financial analysis of offshore wind farms
ENGCOMP
Industry: Government/Defense
Application: Budgeting
Federal Highway Adminstration
Industry: Transportation
Application: Pavement Cost Analysis
Federal Home Loan Bank of Indiana
Industry: Finance
Application: Portfolio Credit Risk
FiduciaryVest
Industry: Finance
Application: Asset Allocation, Value-at-Risk
Fitness First
Industry: Energy / Utilities
Application: Energy Budget Resilience Optimization
Fluor Corporation
Industry: Energy
Application: Oil and Gas Estimating
Fort McMurray Airport Authority (FMAA) / Revay and Associates Ltd.
Industry:Transportation
Application: Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)
Futuremetrics
Industry: Energy
Application: Price Hedging
Gemeente Hoorn
Industry: Government
Application: Urban Planning
Graphic Era University - Dehradun
Industry: Manufacturing
Application: Supply Chain Management
George Washington University
Industry: Finance
Application: Debt Portfolios, Capital Investments
Greenup Locks and Dam
Industry: Energy
Application: Dam maintenance and repair
Grupo ISA
Industry: Energy
Application: Investment Analysis
Halcrow
Industry: Energy & Utilities
Application: Flood Protection
Halcrow Group Ltd /
UK Environment Agency

Industry: Environment
Application: Flood Management
Her Majesty's Prison Service
Industry: Government
Application: Cash Flow Analysis
Hospital Clinic Barcelona
Industry: Medical
Application: Blood Screening
Hydroelectric Power in Colombia
Industry: Energy
Application: Cost estimation
Illinois State University
Industry: Academic / Pharmaceutical
Application: Pharmaceutical R&D, Net Present Value, Internal Rate of Return
Illinois State University
Industry: Academic
Application: Real Options and Finance
INCAE Business School
Industry: Academic
Application: Finance and Capital Markets
Integral Consulting
Industry: Environment
Application: Mine Remediation
Integrating Renewables with Electricity Storage
Industry: Energy & Utilities
Application: Energy Supply and Electricity Demand
JB Scherer Consulting Group LLC
Industry: Manufacturing
Application: Future Net Income Forecasting
Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University
Industry: Academic / Politics
Application: Election Forecasting
Kewpie Corporation and University of Tokyo
Industry: Agriculture
Application: Food Safety
Katrina Disaster Response Center
Industry: Government
Application: Disaster Response Planning
Kennecott Utah Copper
Industry: Environment
Application: Pollution Cleanup
Kinder Morgan / Riskcore Ltd.
Industry: Energy & Utilities
Application: Modelling project cost contingency and escalation
KSU College of Veterinary Medicine
Industry: Agriculture
Application: Biosecurity to Avoid Disease Introduction
Kuwait Environment Public Authority
Industry: Government
Application: Air Quality
Larsen & Toubro Institute of
Project Management

Industry: Manufacturing
Application: Project Management
L.E. Peabody & Associates
Industry: Energy & Utilities
Application: Real Option Valuations of Power Plants
Lockheed Martin / NASA
Industry: Aerospace
Application: Schedule risk assessment
Louisiana Department of Health
Industry: Government
Application: Large-scale Hospital Evacuation Planning
LStar Capital
Industry: Finance
Application: Risk Quantification in Film Financing
Merck
Industry: Finance/Banking
Application: Value-at-Risk Exchange Rate
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Industry: Academic
Application: Mining Engineering
MRAG Asia Pacific
Industry: Environment
Application: Quantifying Illegal Fishing
Murray & Roberts
Industry: Construction
Application: Evaluating enterprise risks using risk modelling for a cash flow based approach
National Grid UK
Industry: Energy & Utilities
Application: Modeling electricity network restoration performance
Netconomy
Industry: Finance
Application: Budget Forecasting
New York City Department
of Health and Mental Hygiene

Industry: Medical
Application: Future Pandemic Planning
Northern Indiana
Public Service Company

Industry: Energy
Application: Pricing, Production Allocation for Regulation Compliance
NOAA Fisheries
Industry: Environment
Application: Estimating effects of dams on Atlantic salmon population dynamics
Pantektor AB
Industry: Construction
Application: Fire Risk Mitigation
Pareto Solutions
Industry: Government
Application: Budget Projection
Patrick Engineering / MBTA
Industry: Construction
Application: Cost and Schedule Risk Analysis
RD&I Consulting
Industry: Construction
Application: Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link
Pellegrino & Associates
Industry: Finance
Application: Intellectual Property Valuation
Petrobras
Industry: Energy
Application: Exploration & Production
Preformed Line Products
Industry: Manufacturing
Application: Tolerance Stacking
ProjectPMO
Industry: Aerospace
Application: Schedule and Cost Risk, Project Management
Post Danmark / PricewaterhouseCoopers
Industry: Government
Application: Insurance Premium Reduction
Purdue University
Industry: Environment, Government
Application: Cost-benefit analysis of biofuel production under two government policies
Red Leaf Resources
Industry: Energy & Utilities
Application: Developing new oil shale technologies
RisqWorx
Industry: Property
Application: Calculating investment risk and ROI
Royal Veterinary College
Industry: Medical
Application: Disease Prevention
RoseCap
Industry: Finance/Banking
Application: Valuation of Direct Investment
Rudd Asset Management (RAM)
Industry: Energy
Application: Waste disposal and renewable energy
Scottsdale Insurance Company
Industry: Insurance
Application: Comparing commercial properties; RAROC
Shanghai Food and Drug Administration
Industry: Government
Application: Food safety, monitoring contaminants
Sinopec Engineering (Group) Co., Ltd (SEG)
Industry: Energy
Application: Evaluate petroleum and petrochemical projects valued over US$100m
Slovak Rail Company
Industry: Transportation
Application: Capital Investment
Society of Actuaries/
Casualty Actuary Society

Industry: Insurance/Reinsurance
Application: Pension and Insurance Planning
Solis Financial Forensics LLC
Industry: Financial Forensics
Application: Projecting Economic Damages for Attorneys Involved in Complex Lawsuits.
Solvĕre
Industry: Transportation
Application: Transportation Infrastructure
Swinburne University of Technology
Industry: Academic
Application: Venture Capital Management
SzigmaSzervíz Ltd
Industry: Manufacturing
Application: Project Management
Technical University of Denmark
Industry: Academic
Application: Transportation research
Tesla Consultants, Delta Utilities
Industry: Utilities
Application: Assessing Needs for Equipment Upgrades
Thales Group
Industry: Manufacturing
Application: Market Feasibility
Tioga Energy
Industry: Energy
Application: Solar energy savings
Transelectrica
Industry: Power
Application: Measuring and Mitigating Open Market Risk
Transae/Réseau Ferré de France
Industry: Transportation
Application: PPP rail project financing
Transnet
Industry: Transportation
Application: Freight Transport
Tulane University
Industry: Academic
Application: Food Safety
UK Ministry of Defence
Industry: Defence
Application: Project Management
University of Adelaide
Industry: Academic
Application: Prediction of metal corrosion in salt water
University of Arkansas
Industry: Agriculture
Application: Analyzing Hybrid Varieties of Rice Crops
University of Buenos Aires
Industry: Agriculture
Application: Agricultural Investment
University of California, Berkeley
Industry: Environment
Application: Modeling extinction risk for Endangered Species
University Melbourne
Industry: Academic / Agriculture
Application: Forecasting Dairy Operating Profits
University of New Brunswick
Industry: Academic / Agriculture
Application: Reducing Environmental Impact of Commercial Aquaculture
University of Pennsylvania
Industry: Academic
Application: Organizational Dynamics
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Industry: Health
Application: Evaluating kidney function for organ transplant
University of Tasmania
Industry: Agriculture/Aquaculture
Application: Evaluating production strategies for salmon farming
University of Tokyo
Industry: Agriculture
Application: Food safety, detection of BSE
University Of Victoria
Industry: Academic
Application: Lifetime Excess Cancer Risk
University of Witwatersrand
Industry: Academic
Application: Mining Engineering
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Missile Milestones undergo Monte Carlo Simulation—Making for a More Accurate Schedule

Summary
Jim Aksel, Principal at ProjectPMO in Anaheim, California, has consulted for several major aerospace companies in project and schedule management. In this case study, he discusses how he helped a major aerospace company deal with schedule risk analysis for the development of defensive missiles. Their end-buyer, the US Navy, required the company to use a more quantitative and rigorous method for evaluating the credibility of their Schedule Model and to use the model as a predictive tool in program management. Thanks to using @RISK in conjunction with Microsoft Project, Aksel was able to provide the company a rock-solid model proving that their schedule estimation was reliable.

Background
Meeting schedule milestones in a timely manner is paramount in any industry, but particularly important in those working with the Department of Defense, where deliverables can be a matter of national safety, and, where program delays can become very expensive due to large, highly compensated staffs. A major aerospace company was contracted by the Navy to build defensive missiles designed to ward off missile attacks from hostile nations such as North Korea, and was required to provide accurate estimations of their timeline and deliverables, including conceptual and detail designs, manufacturing, test, integration, and delivery.

To do this, the company previously used an out-dated schedule risk analysis method, and was informed by the Navy that they had to adopt a more quantifiably rigorous approach. To solve this dilemma, the firm brought on Jim Aksel from ProjectPMO of Anaheim, California, as a consultant to help adopt a more accurate method for evaluating their timeline.

“They didn’t have a Monte Carlo simulation tool,” says Aksel. “They were adding duration margins to many tasks without knowing if that amount of time was correct or to the correct tasks. It was simply a guesstimation.”

Lack of Critical Path in Aerospace Firm’s Missile Development Schedule
When Aksel first came on to the project, he and his team took a hard look at the company’s existing schedule for the missile development. “After examining the schedule, cutting up and taking out the ‘junk,’ we realized they didn’t have a credible critical path.” A critical path is the sequence of activities which result in the longest path through the project; this sequence is the key factor in determining how long the project will take. A delay to any task on the critical path extends the entire project duration.

Aksel was able to separate the tasks in the timeline, remove unnecessary logic and date constraints, and determine a critical path, thus enabling the next step in the schedule risk analysis process—Monte Carlo simulation.

Determining Durations in a Project Schedule using @RISK’s Monte Carlo Simulation
Monte Carlo simulation performs risk analysis by building models of possible results by substituting a range of values—a probability distribution—for any factor that has inherent uncertainty. In the case of a schedule risk analysis, the variable containing uncertainty is the unfinished tasks’ remaining durations. Monte Carlo Simulation then calculates results over and over, each time using a different set of random values from the probability functions. Aksel chose Palisade’s @RISK software to conduct these calculations for the aerospace firm.

Before these calculations could be done, Aksel needed inputs for the schedule model –specifically, a range of estimated durations of each task. To get the inputs, Aksel interviewed the engineers and other key players involved in the project for their best guesses on each task’s duration. “We needed to give them some information about what exactly we needed,” says Aksel. To help them understand, Aksel used the analogy of your morning commute. “I want to know, on a typical day with typical traffic, what’s the earliest you’d get to work—not how long the drive would take on a Sunday morning at 4 AM,” he explains. Staying with the simile, he also wanted the latest time to work on a typical day – not the day when there is a truck turned over blocking the freeway. For the missile program, Aksel essentially wanted a range of what the typical duration would be, without the rare extremes. The @RISK software has the capability to process both types of distributions as part of its setup. Each task then contains three estimates of remaining duration: optimistic, most likely, and pessimistic. The values need not be symmetrical.

The aerospace engineers provided their educated estimations on each task in the critical path, and had quantifiable backup data (such as prior history of similar tasks or incremental bottoms up estimates). Aksel plugged these inputs into @RISK’s schedule model via Microsoft Project. Tasks not laying directly on a critical path were “banded” using percentages such as Most Likely Duration ±20% (again, the window does not have to be symmetrical). After running the simulation, they got a distribution of durations for tasks identified by @RISK, including estimated windows of dates for contractual program milestones such as System Requirements Review, Preliminary and Critical Design Reviews, and First Flight. From this information, the team was able to estimate (with numeric certainty) the probability of contractual milestones occurring no later than specific dates. These dates can then be used as a basis for performance incentive payments. This changed the timeline for deliverables.

Shorter, More Accurate Schedules for the Engineering Team
“Previously, the engineering team had just added 22 days of margin to a task to ensure enough buffer time to complete things,” reports Aksel. “But after running the Monte Carlo simulation, we found that 95% of the time, you would only need 10-14 days of margin time for that milestone.”

By cutting out the ‘junk’ tasks in the project schedule, and using @RISK to more accurately determine the durations between milestones, Aksel and his team were able to shorten some estimates by six to eight weeks!

Aksel says that the @RISK model outputs can sometimes surprise the experts. However, since the experts provided the data for the inputs, “you don’t squabble about the output” says Aksel. Instead “you get to process it.” He adds that one common question asked is, ‘Have we performed a sufficient number of iterations?’ Given the output of the model, and the desired level of precision, this becomes a simple mathematical calculation. “If there are not enough iterations, you can run the model again, or, determine the precision that exists in the current model and decide if it is sufficient,” he says.

Best Success: “True Belief in our Logic”

For this particular project, Aksel explains, the model matched fairly closely to the engineering team’s original estimates with only a few exceptions. “It helped solidify that we had true belief in our logic,” says Aksel. “That’s the best success we could ask for.” The program manager then has the unenviable task of making sure the team has the resources necessary to perform the tasks as scheduled without resource overloading—a.k.a., overburdening certain team members or groups. Clearing and avoiding resource overloads is a necessity in performing a credible analysis.

Aksel goes on to describe his favorite feature of @RISK: formulas, data, and models are all accessible and viewable in one place. “It lets me see what’s going on where,” he says. “I’m able to see everything in one place, so there’s less mystery. I showed the team the inputs and made sure there was consensus from everyone on all the inputs. It is important to include all stake holders in this process. When two stake holders, with different interests, can intelligently discuss the probability distributions, and the triple point estimates in play, then you know people are going to take the outputs of @RISK seriously.”

In conclusion, Aksel falls back on an axiom presented in his college statistics textbook: “You need to use statistics like a street light – for illumination – not like a drunkard who uses the streetlight for support.”

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