SALT LAKE CITY, Utah—The Salt Lake Organizing Committee has selected ProModel, a global leader in the simulation industry, as the provider of computer-generated simulation for the Olympic venues. ProModel will provide simulation tools and consulting services that will allow the Organizing Committee to evaluate a variety of areas, including spectator flow, emergency planning, and transportation systems.
ProModel offers simulation as a method for SLOC to validate its plans and preparations for the 2002 Games. Founded in 1988 and based in Orem, Utah, ProModel will initially provide modeling for the venues in the Park City area, E Center, downtown Salt Lake City and the Snowbasin Ski Area.
For example, the Snowbasin Interactive Transit Simulation model tested a variety of scenarios involving different numbers of buses, numbers of spectators, travel distance from park and ride lots, weather conditions and security checks. The study showed how the optimal number of buses, managed and scheduled appropriately, can reduce spectator waiting times at parking areas and security entrances, resulting in quicker venue access for increased capacity.
"ProModel’s technology allows the Organizing Committee to view the impact of real-life changes in a risk-free environment by testing and evaluating new ideas in our logistical plans," said Grant Thomas, SLOC senior vice president of venues. "The animation gives us an insightful look and valuable feedback before we go into a live, operational mode at the venues. We sincerely thank ProModel for providing this cutting-edge service."
"ProModel is proud to have the opportunity to apply its own cutting-edge technology to visualize the logistics of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games," said Peter Kalish, president of ProModel Corporation. "Through ProModel’s software, SLOC will test different operating scenarios so that the best logistical decisions can be made, well before the event begins. We are thrilled to be a contributor to the success of our hometown Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games."
ProModel products specialize in process improvement through dynamic modeling and are used extensively throughout manufacturing, healthcare and service sectors. Customers have included Delta Air Lines, United Parcel Service (UPS), and many other Fortune 500 companies.