Villon is a software simulation tool for creation and application of universal and detailed simulation models of transportation logistic terminals and their technological processes. Villon supports microscopic modelling of various types of transportation logistic terminals containing railway and road infrastructures (e.g. marshalling yards, railway passenger stations, factories, container terminals, depots, airports, etc.).
Villon is the primary tool we use for our consultancy services - using Villon, users (our employees who are professionals in the field of logistics) are able to create detailed simulation models of terminal operation, define simulation scenarios, make experiments with the model and evaluate results of simulation runs in one integrated user-friendly environment. Villon aids tactical (middle-term) and strategic (long-term) planning related usually to infrastructural or operational proposals, which are supposed to guarantee optimal (or at least effective) behaviour of modelled terminal.Villon’s features like its flexibility, detailed microscopic modelling of operation of various types of terminals, flowchart driven definition of operational procedures, user interaction, selection of decision strategies, 3D animation output, extensive result evaluation possibilities underscore its uniqueness throughout the world.
Villon is based on state of the art methods and techniques of computer simulation (agent based simulation) and visualisation (3D accelerated utilising MS DirectX). While designing this software, we made use of our long-time research and rich experience in simulation software programming. Main focus was put on creating a virtual environment and conditions that would be comparable with real ones. Although the tool has been in development since 1994 (the development of the tool, formerly known as VirtuOS, has started at the University of Žilina and was taken over by the Simcon company in 1997), we are still working hard on various improvements and extensions in order to broaden its application fields and features.
A special Villon Viewer version of the tool is delivered to our customers as an integral part of our consultancy services. This read-only version allows our customers to replay prepared simulation scenarios (no data changes are allowed), record simulation protocols and examine simulation results the same way we do. This enables our customers to always stay in touch with the simulation study and helps them better understand the model and its outcomes.