HR Manager / Business Partner

HR Manager/Business Partner (16 – 24 uur/week)

InControl Enterprise Dynamics in Woerden zoekt voor 2 a 3 dagen per week een HR-manager.

InControl is een groep van gedreven professionals dat als missie heeft om de wereld duurzamer en veiliger te maken. Dit doen we door operationele processen efficiënter, slimmer en veiliger te maken middels software voor Digital Twins.

Dit ga je doen

Samen met de CEO ben je verantwoordelijk voor het operationele en strategische HR-beleid. Je bent het eerste laagdrempelige en vertrouwelijk aanspreekpunt voor collega’s.

Houd jij van organiseren, vooruitdenken en ontzorgen? Heb je oprechte interesse in mensen en de drive om organisaties beter te maken? Ben je een evenwichtige HR-professional en bruggenbouwer? Solliciteer dan direct naar deze functie!

Dit is wie wij zoeken

  • HBO+ werk- en denkniveau op het vakgebied HRM   
  • Een enthousiast HR-professional met enige jaren ervaring – liefst bij een kleine (technische) organisatie of start-up;
  • Ervaring met het aannemen van nieuwe collega’s. Schrijven van job profiles, doen van interviews, inzetten van effectieve wervingskanalen;
  • Ervaring in het opzetten en uitvoeren van jaarlijkse HR-cycli zoals: onboarding, beoordelingscycli, beloningen;
  • Goede communicatievaardigheden, zowel mondeling als schriftelijk, en je spreekt en schrijft uitstekend Nederlands en Engels;
  • Verantwoordelijk voor het uitdragen en managen van het Persoonlijk Ontwikkelings Plan (POP) programma;
  • Creëren van de belangrijke HR KPI(s) als onderdeel van rapportage aan CEO;
  • Verantwoordelijk voor communicatie en uitvoering van pensioenvoorziening;
  • Goed in het coachen van collega’s op soft skills en HR-gerelateerde zaken;
  • Ervaring met cultuur programma’s is een pré – geen must;
  • Iemand die de rol als vertrouwenspersoon goed en professioneel kan invullen;
  • Goede kennis van alle relevante wet- en regelgeving omtrent personeel, veiligheid;
  • Ervaring met aanvragen subsidies of kennis hiervan;
  • Contactpersoon met arbo dienst;
  • Ontwikkelen en updaten van personeelshandboek;
  • Het opstellen van de personeelsbegroting en personeelsplanning van de verschillende afdelingen, in lijn met de doelstelling van de onderneming;
  • Je toont als een onafhankelijke sparringpartner voor de directie, leidinggevenden en collega’s je expertise en visie op het gebied van HR;
  • Het verder proactief ontwikkelen en structureren van het HR-beleid;
  • Je kunt goed met mensen omgaan en bent een evenwichtig en benaderbaar persoon.

Dit is wat wij bieden

  • Een leuke, afwisselende baan van 16-24 uur per week;
  • Fijne collega’s, een open en collegiale sfeer;
  • Heel veel zelfstandigheid, met een vrije invulling van werktijden/werkdagen;
  • Een organisatie met korte lijnen en een open cultuur;
  • Volop groeikansen, zowel op inhoudelijk als persoonlijk vlak;
  • Uiteraard een prima beloning en secundaire arbeidsvoorwaarden, waaronder opleiding; pensioenregeling, 24 vakantie dagen, mogelijkheid om 1 dag in de week hybride te werken, reiskostenvergoeding;
  • Personeelsuitjes;
  • Een actieve personeelsvereniging die leuke activiteiten voor collega’s georganiseerd.

Hier ga je werken

InControl Enterprise Dynamics is al ruim 34 jaar een toonaangevende ontwikkelaar van simulatie software. Ons softwareplatform wordt wereldwijd gebruikt voor analyse en optimalisatie van infrastructuren, industriële processen en crowd management.

Onze klanten gebruiken onze software voor het testen, plannen en besturen van grootschalige systemen en infrastructuren, zoals bagagesystemen, containerterminals, treinstations, assemblagelijnen, sportstadions en grootschalige evenementen.

‘Our mission is to deliver software solutions that contribute to a safe and sustainable planet’

InControl is een bedrijf dat sterk gelooft in groei en biedt haar medewerkers ruimte voor ontwikkeling. Als medewerker maak je deel uit van een groeiend, internationaal bedrijf waar ruimte is voor eigen inbreng en ideeën.

Werken bij InControl doe je in een goed geoutilleerd, modern kantoor en in een prettige werksfeer met leuke collega’s waar persoonlijke groei hoog in het vaandel staat.

Meer weten en solliciteren?

Ben je toe aan een nieuwe stap in je carrière en spreekt de bovenstaande functie je aan? Dan nodigen we je graag uit om bij ons te solliciteren.

Stuur een compacte brief met CV naar Geert-Jan van Nunen: 
geert-jan.van.nunen@incontrolsim.com

ACQUISITIE NAAR AANLEIDING VAN DEZE VACATURE WORDT NIET OP PRIJS GESTELD.

Enhancing Customer Experience: A Collaborative Effort at Ski Dubai

Enhancing Customer Experience: A Collaborative Effort at Ski Dubai

For over 14 years, InControl and Mijksenaar have combined their expertise in wayfinding and simulation software, delivering cutting-edge solutions for venues of various sizes and purposes. One notable project resulting from this collaboration is enhancing the customer experience, optimizing the operational processes, and improving sales at Ski Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, with Majid Al Futtaim as our client.

Ski Dubai is part of the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, located in Dubai. The unique indoor ski facility was developed by the Majid Al Futtaim Group, which also owns and operates the Mall of the Emirates and all indoor ski facilities in MENA (Middle East and North Africa). The facility features an impressive indoor ski area of 22.500 square meters for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts and a snow park for additional recreational activities. The indoor facility features an 85-meter-high indoor mountain with 5 slopes of varying steepness and difficulty, including a 400-meter-long run; the world’s first indoor black diamond run. Ski Dubai is a unique attraction, and its strategic location within the mall makes it easily accessible to locals and tourists, contributing to its popularity. It has been ranked number one among the World’s Best Indoor Ski Resort for six years in a row!

The Project Goal

Ski Dubai’s primary goal is to provide visitors with a seamless, personal, immersive, and unique experience. However, challenges arose during peak seasons, with reports of extended queues in the Ski Dubai and adjacent areas in the shopping mall. In response, Ski Dubai enlisted the support of Mijksenaar and InControl for the ‘quick enhancements’ project. Mijksenaar developed a new wayfinding concept, while InControl collaborated to develop insights and implement improvements through a dynamic visitors and staff Digital Twin Simulation model.

The Project Approach

The Digital Twin Simulation Model

With over 35 years of expertise, InControl has been developing Digital Twin Simulation Software solutions. The software significantly contributes to the decision-making process, operational monitoring, control, and performance optimization. These solutions are integral throughout all project phases, from system design to implementation and operations.

In the context of Ski Dubai, InControl utilized its Crowd Management Simulation Software to create a Digital Twin, serving as a robust tool that utilized various types of data for making informed decisions about the entire venue. Using the digital twin model, Ski Dubai was able to identify bottlenecks and explore potential improvements, such as adjusting layouts of counters and kiosks, changing and relaxing areas, infrastructure, routing, staff capacity planning, and visitor flows. The goal was to optimize specific aspects of the layout or process, ultimately enhancing the overall performance.

The dynamic pedestrian digital twin covered various activities within the Ski Dubai complex, including arrival, orientation, e-ticketing purchases, ski- and snowboard equipment rental, changing rooms, and visits to the cold area. The model offered valuable insights into queue length, waiting times, total throughput time, high densities, area occupancy, user experiences, equipment sales in the shop, and more.

The insights derived from this dynamic model empowered Ski Dubai to create a more seamless and efficient customer experience in the warm area. This collaboration with InControl was a strategic approach to addressing specific challenges and elevating visitors’ satisfaction, particularly during peak seasons.

digital twin wayfinding simulation
digital twin wayfinding simulation

Figure 1: Digital Twin Simulation Model showcasing the Admission Area. On the left, is a 3D visualization of the area; on the right, is a density map highlighting the distribution within the admission area.

Creating a Journey through Wayfinding 

Mijksenaar’s multidisciplinary designers were brought in to ensure a stress-free, enjoyable, and consistent journey could be promised to every visitor. With 38 years of wayfinding experience, Mijksenaar assessed the location holistically, looking at the complete journey from the visitors leaving their homes, ordering tickets, arriving at the location, queuing, ticketing, changing, slopes, and dining to their return home. The wayfinding solutions are built on the Mijksenaar ‘ONE’ Principle: Orientation, Navigation, and Experience, and are tailored to each specific situation. 

At home
Getting there
In the Mall of the Emirates
Entering Ski Dubai
Orientation & Navigation
Tickets
Ski Gear & Clothing
Changing Area
Entrances

Figure 2: The user journey from a wayfinding perspective.

By combining Mijksenaar’s ONE Principle with insights from InControl’s Digital Twin model, Mijksenaar conducted the following analyses and implemented a complete wayfinding review:

  • Interior architectural updates to reorganize the lobby, changing and queueing areas for smoother flows 
  • Streamlining a complex journey to just 5 simple steps with the ‘5 Steps to the Snow!’ concept, managing visitor expectations and reducing queuing 
  • Analyzed cultural needs by changing the combination of choices and offers given
  • Reducing visual clutter and unnecessary choices with straightforward, clear, and intuitive wayfinding 
  • Creating tertiary spaces where people can gather to spend time with each other before or after the visit  
  • Website synchronization, ensuring all terminology, offers, branding, and navigation was consistent both online and in the physical space 
  • Bespoke wayfinding signage.

The Mijksenaar team utilized natural wayfinding principles to manipulate the orientation and navigation of the space, simplifying entrance, desk, and queue areas to cut down on time for visitors. UX design ensured all communication was visually compatible for every visitor at Ski Dubai, connecting and reaffirming the brand. These changes manifested into a complete update of the entire venue, vastly improving the guests’ experiences.

Figure 3: Renovated admission area.

The Results

The collaborative initiative addressed specific challenges and led to a comprehensive transformation, resulting in a future-proof, scalable, enriched, and more enjoyable experience for visitors at Ski Dubai.

The collaborative effort yielded highly positive results for Ski Dubai: 

  • Implementing the digital twin and new wayfinding concept significantly improved the customer experience, increasing Net Promoter Score (NPS) by 20%, surpassing Ski Dubai’s goal
  • A 17% increase in sales at shops and a 10% expansion of open space, enhancing spatial awareness and understanding. 
  • A significant decrease in peak and queuing times.
  • The ability to predict and proactively provide extra guest services.
  • An increased sense of community among visitors, increasing positive employee and visitor reviews 
  • Opportunities for rental spaces in the warm zone. 
  • More, and better interactions with visitors, focusing on experiences rather than operational questions.

The cooperation with the Ski Dubai Team and the recognized knowledge, experiences, and simulation software of both InControl and Mijksenaar guaranteed this project as well as the results, delivered within the committed scope, planning, and budget. We are looking forward to continuing the cooperation with Mijksenaar to the Majid Al Futtaim Group and other leading companies.

– Frank van Poeteren, CCO of InControl Enterprise Dynamics

This project shows that good wayfinding and spatial design adds significant, measurable value to a service. Visitor experience has skyrocketed, and the operational process has improved dramatically. This means not only bottom-line growth for a more efficient organization but especially top-line growth with new customers and better-fitting service. This has been made possible by the cooperation between Mijksenaar InControl, a partnership we are so proud of.

– Aad Kalkman, Managing Director, Mijksenaar

In conclusion, the collaborative efforts between InControl and Mijksenaar have not only transformed Ski Dubai into a seamless customer experience but also set a benchmark for future operations and improvement actions in enhancing visitor satisfaction. By combining cutting-edge simulation software with innovative wayfinding solutions, Ski Dubai has seen a remarkable leap forwards in customer flow, spatial awareness, and overall enjoyment. This success underscores the value of strategic partnerships and the application of advanced technologies in shaping exceptional experiences.

For inquiries about how our solutions can benefit your venue, please reach out to us:

Enhancing Safety and Security: InControl’s TruVenue Digital Twin Application for Sports & Entertainmen

Enhancing Safety and Security: InControl’s TruVenue Digital Twin Application for Sports & Entertainment

TruVenue Digital Twin Application logo

Crowd and traffic management, safety and security are “hot topics” for those who are involved in the event industry nowadays. Attacks on soft targets and crowded places represent a significant challenge. Marketing and revenue generation are also high on the list of challenges. Our Digital Twin Software Application for Sports and Entertainment,TruVenue’ is the solution for these challenges!

TruVenue is our NCS4 award-winning application enables users to simulate the entire fan journey, from purchasing their ticket to experiencing the event, and returning home. At InControl, we understand the importance of providing a non-technical, user-friendly interface for venue and event staff to use on a daily basis. As we learned that one-off simulation modeling is limited to specific events, particularly in terms of ingress/egress, circulation, or evacuation/sheltering.

TruVenue incorporates dynamic data such as ticketing, transit, parking, entry, movement, and sales, enriching each simulation of the digital twin.

“ TruVenue was developed as a powerful tool for venue and event managers to safely and efficiently operate successful events!”

TruVenue application at a live event

Key Features and Benefits

TruVenue is a tool for fan enhancement, risk prediction/mitigation, cost savings and revenue generation. It begins by creating a digital twin based on your venue’s CAD/BIM data, incorporating details like capacity, obstacles, and layout. The application is then tailored to suit your specific venue requirements.

The success of a sports/entertainment enterprise event/venue can be measured by fan engagement, team/entertainer performance, revenue generation and a level of optimization of the venue that hosts the events. The challenges that come with optimization of venues vary from the design of the building construction/management (infrastructure) to operational issues such as pedestrian, traffic, transportation and logistics flows in and around the venue.

Through simulation, TruVenue helps visualize the impact of venue and event activities, including the movement of people, equipment, and operational processes, aiding in identifying potential procedural failures.

InControl’s TruVenue application gives you the ability to model and simulate infrastructures at various levels of detail, allowing you to analyze the behavior of these infrastructures under both routine and hazardous conditions. This includes scenarios such as traffic congestion, evacuations/sheltering, bombing/bomb threats, active shooter, terrorism, vehicle ramming, adverse weather, congestion during ingress, and equipment/supply logistics.

Simulations aid in visualizing risks, threats and in designing procedures for all staff and first responders, making it an excellent training, preparation, and evaluation tool. Simulations also serve to satisfy fire marshals’ requirements for validating safe person capacities, evacuation/sheltering times and prevent crushing.

“TruVenue serves as a predictor, operational tool, training aid, and evaluation tool, applicable before, during, and after events.”

Capabilities of the Application

With TruVenue, you have the option to change floor seating and obstacles yourself (once built), especially for stage layouts. You can load any earlier used settings to prefill the input on the following screens or you can click ‘Next’ to guide you through all relevant settings for the chosen scenario. The orange box represents event types that depend on your specific venue, while the blue box illustrates different scenarios within your venue. The specifics, of course, depend on the characteristics of the venue.

Different standard outputs are easily accessible by pressing the corresponding buttons based on the following settings for ingress, circulation, egress or emergency egress or sheltering:

  • Spectator Demographics (with auto defaults)
  • Seats Sold & Locations (could auto load from ticket seller)
  • Arrival Patterns/Fill Rate & Screening Times (by section)
  • Internal Passageways/Portal (open/close or direction setting)
true venue digital twin application interface
Application Interface

Once the selections have been made and the simulation run various Outputs are available to pick:

TruVenue Digital Twin Application interface

2D & 3D Viewer

TruVenue Digital Twin Application interface

Density Maps

TruVenue Digital Twin Application interface

Travel time maps

TruVenue Digital Twin Application interface

Evacution & Shelter Times

TruVenue Digital Twin Application interface

Flow Counter

TruVenue Digital Twin Application interface

Level of Service

InControl’s TruVenue Application enables Sports & Entertainment Venues/Events to improve decision making processes and predictability through the following capabilities:

  • Pedestrian Ingress/Egress/Circulation/Routing
  • Evacuation/Sheltering
  • Queuing/Magnetometers/Ticket Scanners
  • Crowd Crush
  • Fire Marshal Capacity Testing
  • Issue Trend Analysis (Slip/Falls, medical, fights)
  • Safety Act Planning & Validation
  • E-Bomb Card (Bombing Impact Anticipation & Response Planning)
  • Active Shooter (Anticipation & Response Planning)
  • Vehicle Ramming (Anticipation & Response Planning)
  • New Venue or Renovation Planning
  • Commercialization (Concession/Activation/Sponsorships Placements)
  • Emergency Vehicle Placement
  • AED/First Aid Placement
  • Staff Planning/Placement
  • Item Placement (Fencing/Bike Rack/Bollards/Rope Line, etc)
  • Event Planning/Risk Assessment
  • Site/Venue/Event Planning
  • Traffic/Parking Control
  • Staff Training/Exercises (Realistic Visualization)
  • Automatic CAD/BIM import
  • Open API for Data Ingestion & Analysis
  • Video Camera Integration
  • Line of Sight (Camera placement)
  • Realtime Tracking (WiFi, Geo)(Staff, Spectators)

TruVenue empowers you to predict and manage a wide range of scenarios effectively. Whether you’re planning a new venue or optimizing an existing one, TruVenue provides the tools to safeguard stadiums, arenas, festivals, performing arts centers, transit hubs, and more.

Curious about how TruVenue can benefit your organization? Please contact us!

“With InControl TruVenue Digital Twin Application you can predict and control all kinds of scenarios, or as we say: It enables you to Experience the Future Today!

Financieel Administratief Medewerker (32 uur/week)

Financieel Administratief Medewerker (32 uur/week)

Voor onze Financiële Administratie, gevestigd op het hoofdkantoor in Woerden, zoeken wij op korte termijn een Financieel Administratief Medewerker met affiniteit voor Office Management voor 32-36 uur per week.

Dit ga je doen

Als onderdeel van de afdeling Financiële Administratie ben je verantwoordelijk voor het tijdig, juist en volledig verwerken van alle financiële en administratieve mutaties; voornamelijk in Exact Online. Je bent verantwoordelijk voor het voeren van de financiële administratie, het rapporteren hiervan en alle processen welke hierbij horen.

Houd jij van organiseren, vooruitdenken en ontzorgen? Omschrijf jij jezelf als een vlotte, servicegerichte doener met een enthousiaste instelling op de werkvloer? Solliciteer dan direct naar deze functie!

Dit is wie wij zoeken

  • Je bent enthousiast en op korte termijn beschikbaar;
  • Je hebt allround kennis op MBO+ niveau van financiële administratie;
  • Je hebt minimaal 4 jaar relevante werkervaring in de financiële adminstratie;
  • Je hebt kennis van en ervaring met crediteurenadministratie, bankboek en overige administratieve werkzaamheden;
  • Je hebt ervaring met debiteurenadministratie;
  • Je hebt ervaring met grootboekrekening te analyseren;
  • Kennis en ervaring met Exact Online;
  • Je hebt ervaring met of voldoende kennis om financiële maandrapportages en wekelijks korte operationele weekrapportages samen te stellen.
  • Je bent ook bereid overige administratieve werkzaamheden uit te voeren, denk hierbij aan het doen van btw-aangiften, het doorgeven van salarismutaties en de basis HR-administratie;
  • Je beschikt over goede beheersing van Microsoft Office met name Excel;
  • Je hebt aantoonbare affiniteit met ICT;
  • Je kan zowel in teamverband als zelfstandig werken;
  • Je hebt geen problemen met werken met deadlines en bent tevens stressbestendig;
  • Je beschikt over een goede beheersing van de Nederlandse en Engelse taal;
  • Je hebt een aanpakkers mentaliteit;
  • Je bent woonachtig in de regio Woerden.

 

Naast de financiële administratie omvat deze functie een aantal officewerkzaamheden:

  • Je bent contactpersoon voor het boeken van vliegtickets en hotels;
  • Je bent tussenpersoon voor alle zaken m.b.t. gebouw en organisatie;
  • Archivering, postverwerking is voor jou geen probleem;
  • Je bent verantwoordelijk voor voorraadbeheer en de aankoop van keuken- en kantoorbenodigdheden.

Dit is wat wij bieden

  • Volop groeikansen, zowel op inhoudelijk als persoonlijk vlak;
  • Uiteraard een prima beloning en secundaire arbeidsvoorwaarden, waaronder opleiding, pensioenregeling, 24 vakantie dagen, mogelijkheid om 1 dag in de week hybride te werken, reiskostenvergoeding;
  • Personeelsuitjes;
  • Een actieve personeelsvereniging die leuke activiteiten voor collega’s georganiseerd;

Hier ga je werken:

InControl Enterprise Dynamics is al ruim 34 jaar een toonaangevende ontwikkelaar van simulatie software. Ons softwareplatform wordt wereldwijd gebruikt voor analyse en optimalisatie van infrastructuren, industriële processen en crowd management.

Onze klanten gebruiken onze software voor het testen, plannen en besturen van grootschalige systemen en infrastructuren, zoals bagagesystemen, containerterminals, treinstations, assemblagelijnen, sportstadions en grootschalige evenementen.

‘Our mission is to deliver software solutions that contribute to a safe and sustainable planet’

InControl is een bedrijf dat sterk gelooft in groei en biedt haar medewerkers ruimte voor ontwikkeling. Als medewerker maak je deel uit van een groeiend, internationaal bedrijf waar ruimte is voor eigen inbreng en ideeën.

Werken bij InControl doe je in een goed geoutilleerd, modern kantoor en in een prettige werksfeer met leuke collega’s waar persoonlijke groei hoog in het vaandel staat.

Meer weten en solliciteren?

Ben je toe aan een nieuwe stap in je carrière en spreekt de bovenstaande functie je aan? Dan nodigen we je graag uit om bij ons te solliciteren.

Stuur een compacte brief met CV naar G.J. van Nunen: geert-jan.van.nunen@incontrolsim.com.

ACQUISITIE NAAR AANLEIDING VAN DEZE VACATURE WORDT NIET OP PRIJS GESTELD.

Pedestrian Dynamics® 4.3 released!

Pedestrian Dynamics® 4.3 released!

We are excited to announce the release of Pedestrian Dynamics® 4.3, the latest version of our crowd management simulation software application. Pedestrian Dynamics® is designed to create and execute large crowd simulation models used in (complex) infrastructures, enabling evaluation of the performance and safety of your operations in every phase of the life cycle – from design to operations.

The new features of Pedestrian Dynamics® 4.3 are focused on enhancing user-friendliness, data analysis, realism, and visualization.

The new features of Pedestrian Dynamics® 4.3 include:

  • Easy import and export data from Excel
  • New elements: Fence, Stanchion, Roadblock, and Staffing
  • Various user-friendliness improvements.

Easy Import and export data from Excel

Creating crowd scenarios often requires data that’s already available in Excel worksheets, and many users are familiar with analyzing data in Excel. With Pedestrian Dynamics®, all types of data can be stored in User Tables, including model inputs and various types of useful analysis outputs. The software now includes functionality that makes it easy to connect User Tables to Excel sheets for importing and exporting data. Simply set up the connection, and with a single click, you can import or export all the data you need.

Pedestrian Dynamics® now includes general import and export functions that enable more advanced import and export tasks. This Excel connection can speed up model building and especially scenario analyses. Testing different scenarios and comparisons between specific KPIs can be set up in an Excel that is fed with outputs from Pedestrian Dynamics®. This feature enhances the user experience and adds value to the model when simulating simple to complex infrastructures.

New elements: Fence, Stanchion, Roadblock, and Staffing

Crowd models play a critical role in analyzing and predicting the impact of crowd dynamics on events. They are used to inform and discuss crowd management strategies with stakeholders, and to train staff before and evaluate their performance after events.

To enhance the realism and visualization of Pedestrian Dynamics®, we have added new elements: Fence, Stanchion, Roadblock, and Staff. These elements are frequently used in large events and can significantly impact the flow of crowds. By incorporating them into the software, we improve the communication value of the software, making it easier to analyze, discuss, and train staff on the placement of these elements in and around the venue.

Moreover, the new tab “Events” has been added to the Model Layout window, which enables users to select and draw the new elements in their environment. The 3D visualization of these elements takes the powerful visualization and communication of your model to the next level, making it more accessible and understandable for all stakeholders.

User-friendliness improvements

Various other small improvements have been made:

  • The elevator has a new property offset time and the default location distribution has been adjusted.
  • Easily select a selection of height layers to draw an output map.
  • Disable the DrawInterior of an obstacle when a 3D model is attached to it.

Download our release highlights document to read more details about the new improvements in Pedestrian Dynamics® 4.3. 

Curious about what Pedestrian Dynamics® can do for you, your company, and your customers? Please contact us, or try our software free of charge.

InControl Enterprise Dynamics appoints new CEO for EMEA

InControl Enterprise Dynamics appoints new CEO for EMEA.

Woerden, January 31st 

Louis Schijve, the founder and owner of InControl Enterprise Dynamics, is stepping down as CEO of the company after a period of 34 years. The board of directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Geert-Jan van Nunen as the new CEO for the EMEA region. Geert-Jan is a seasoned manager with a proven track record of implementation and growth of software and platform technologies in the telecom and automotive industries.

Before joining InControl, Geert-Jan held various management positions. Understanding technology to accelerate business growth has been central to his career. Experienced with IoT, AI, platform technology, and integrated software systems. Previously he grew businesses from scratch to multimillion revenues. In his most recent role, he was responsible for the growth of a German AI technology scale-up.

geert-jan van nunen

Geert-Jan van Nunen. CEO InControl Enterprise Dynamics EMEA region.

His mission is growing InControl as a partner of choice for customers that use digital simulation and digital twins as tools to better plan and operate their core processes; and to establish InControl as the leading emulation and simulation software provider for large-scale and complex operations.

“We are happy to have Geert-Jan van Nunen as the new CEO for EMEA. He is a proven leader with the vision and experience to expand on the success that InControl has been building over the past 34 years and take the company into its next phase of growth and innovation.”

 –  Louis Schijve, Founder and Chairman of the board of directors  – 

About InControl Enterprise Dynamics

InControl Enterprise Dynamics is a global software company that provides simulation software and services for the safety and sustainability of critical infrastructures such as warehouses, manufacturing plants, logistics, airports, railroads, border control, public events, etc. By accurately simulating the flow of people and goods we enable our clients to better plan and optimize their core business processes making their business more efficient, robust, and safer. InControl’s Simulation Platform delivers customers essential insights to continuously improve and optimize complex infrastructures and physical business processes.

Find more information about our software here.

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InControl’s Dutch railway simulator application called “FRISO” is developed for ProRail, the Dutch infrastructure company. It allows users to simulate and visualize large networks on a microscopic level including tracks, switches, signals, etc. The application supports users by automatic generation of a complete simulation model based on several databases. The benefits are valid data and information provisioning in a short timeframe. Visualization of the (sub)systems, insights into conflicting planning of rolling stock and staff, and multi-organizational and discipline staff training are part of the application services.

ERTMS affects the entire rail sector, so collaboration is a must. How does that work in practice? Last month, Joris Steneker, Team Manager Public Transport at InControl, and Dick Middelkoop, Program Manager ProRail Innovation, were invited by ERTMS Flash to discuss the long-lasting relationship. The original interview is in Dutch, for the English version please click here.

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Het ideale samenwerkingsmodel (geen simulatie, maar realiteit)
ERTMS raakt de hele spoorsector, dus samenwerken is een must. Hoe gaat dat in de praktijk?

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Hoe kennen jullie elkaar?
Dick
: “Als programmamanager Modelontwikkeling houd ik me bezig met de ontwikkeling van simulatiemodellen en optimalisatievraagstukken. ProRail heeft een lange geschiedenis in simulaties, maar onze software was niet goed ingericht op de steeds complexere ontwikkelingen. Toen we jaren geleden op zoek gingen naar een flexibeler systeem met meer mogelijkheden, kwamen we terecht bij een platform dat is ontwikkeld door InControl.”

Joris: “Ik kwam er later bij, in 2006 geloof ik, toen ik als teammanager Public Transport verantwoordelijk werd voor simulatiemodellen voor onder andere het spoor.”


Aan welke simulatie(s) werken jullie op dit moment?
Joris
: “Actueel is een groot project waarin we de ERTMS-gebruikersprocessen hebben nagebouwd in een simulator. Doel is het valideren van die processen, en betere communicatie tussen machinist en treindienstleider. De simulator bootst de treindienst na in een soort 3D-omgeving van het spoor.”

Dick: “Het gaat dus om testen of we het goed hebben uitgedacht, nog niet om het trainen van de mensen die ermee gaan werken. Dat komt later.”


Kunnen jullie het doel van de samenwerking omschrijven?
Dick
: “Ons doel is dat we op een efficiënte manier de toekomst van het spoor in beeld brengen en zo kunnen beleven, en dat we inzicht krijgen in die complexiteit.”

Joris: “Ja, dus gezamenlijk dingen beproeven en ontwikkelen. Dat is ook de kracht van simulatie. Een mooi voorbeeld is dat we na zo’n sessie van machinisten en treindienstleiders terugkregen: ‘Nou, dat ga ik in de praktijk nooit zo doen.’”

Dick: “Of omgekeerd: ‘Dit scenario is niet goed, kunnen we dat nog aanpassen?’ Dat vond ik een mooie les. Het werkt dus twee kanten op. Zo verbeteren we de praktijk.”

Joris: “En daar worden we heel blij van!”

Kom je ook knelpunten tegen en zo ja: hoe lossen jullie dit op?
Dick
: “Ja, mijn werk is een leuke, maar uitdagende puzzel. Dat vraagt om chemie in de samenwerking en gebruik maken van elkaars kwaliteiten.”

Joris: “ProRail stelt ons soms uitdagende vragen. Bijvoorbeeld: ontwikkel een wiskundig optimalisatie-algoritme voor Automatic Train Operation. Dan is het best spannend of we dat ook kunnen leveren.”

Dick: “Meestal leidt het tot goede resultaten. Of het valt nu nog niet in goede aarde, maar later wel. Dan zijn we onze tijd vooruit.”

Wat is er volgens jullie nodig voor goede samenwerking? En zie je dat terug bij elkaar?
Dick
: “Eerlijkheid, duidelijkheid, een open houding, doen wat je zegt.”

Joris: “Ja, Dick is inderdaad open en duidelijk. Er is daarnaast ruimte voor creativiteit, dat vind ik ook belangrijk.”

Dick: “Joris doet wat hij belooft. En hij verrast mij niet alleen met zijn diepgaande inhoudelijke kennis, maar kan ook uitleggen dat niet alles wat ik wil als opdrachtgever relevant is.”

Joris: “Dick heeft ook veel kennis en stelt kritische vragen. En hij kan mensen overtuigen. Ik vind Dick wel een echte ambassadeur. Het leukste is als we samen aan anderen enthousiast vertellen wat we doen!”

Tot slot: kunnen jullie samen door 1 deur? Waarom?
Dick
: “Zeker. Omdat we niet bang zijn een beetje in te schikken als die deur, laten we zeggen, wat smal zou zijn.”

Joris: “Dan proberen we die deur breder te maken.”

Dick: “Zodat er nog meer mensen mee kunnen lopen.”

English version:

The ideal collaboration model (not simulation, but reality)
ERTMS affects the entire rail sector, so collaboration is a must. How does that work in practice?

Source: Fokke Eenhoorn

How do you know each other?
Dick
: “As a Model Development program manager, I am involved in the development of simulation models and optimization issues. ProRail has a long history in simulations, but our software was not well equipped for the increasingly complex developments. Years ago, when we were looking for a more flexible system with more options, we ended up with a platform developed by InControl.”

Joris: “I joined later, in 2006 I believe, when I became responsible for simulation models for rail, among other things, as team manager Public Transport.”

Which simulation(s) are you currently working on?
Joris: “Currently we are involved in a major project in which we have recreated the ERTMS user processes in a simulator. The aim is to validate those processes and improve communication between the train driver and train traffic controller. The simulator simulates the train service in a kind of 3D environment in which the railway system is modelled.”

Dick: “It is therefore about testing whether we have thought it through properly, not yet about training the people who will work with it. That will come later.”

Can you describe the purpose of the collaboration?
Dick
: “Our goal is to visualize and experience the future of rail in an efficient way, and to gain insight into that complexity.”

Joris: “Yes, so testing and developing things together. That is also the power of simulation. A good example is that after such a session we received feedback from drivers and train controllers: ‘Well, I will never do that in practice.'”

Dick: “Or vice versa: ‘This scenario is not good; can we still adjust it?’ I thought that was a good lesson. So, it works both ways. This is how we improve practice.”

Joris: “And that makes us very happy!”

Do you also encounter bottlenecks and if so: how do you solve them?
Dick: “Yes, my work is a fun, but challenging puzzle. That requires chemistry in the collaboration and making use of each other’s qualities.”

Joris: “ProRail sometimes asks us challenging questions. For example: develop a mathematical optimization algorithm for Automatic Train Operation. Then it is quite exciting whether we can also deliver that.”

Dick: “It usually leads to good results. Or it may not be well received now, but it will later. Then we are ahead of our time.”

What do you think is necessary for good cooperation? And do you see that back together?
Dick
: “Honesty, clarity, an open attitude, do what you say.”

Joris: “Yes, Dick is indeed open and clear. There is also room for creativity, which is also important to me.”

Dick: “Joris does what he promises. And he not only surprises me with his in-depth substantive knowledge but can also explain that not everything I want as a client is relevant.”

Joris: “Dick also has a lot of knowledge and asks critical questions. And he can convince people. I think Dick is a real ambassador. The best part is when we enthusiastically tell others about what we do!”

Finally: Are you both on good terms with each other? Why?
Dick
: “Certainly, because neither of us is afraid to compromise a little if necessary.”

Joris: “Then we try to create more space for each other.”

Dick: “So that in the end more people can join us and benefit from our efforts.”

Abbreviations:
* ERTMS: European Rail Traffic Management System
* ATO: Automatic Train Operation
* TMS: Traffic Management System

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Simulation Software contributes to the warehouse of the future

Warehouses and distribution centers are facing major challenges. During the pandemic, consumer demands increased exponentially, consumers expected short lead times, high product availability, flexibility, and variation in delivery and return options. Companies started to build up more stocks to meet those expectations during this period. Now there are large stocks, but demand is falling as a result of the high inflation.

The global supply chain has been forced to adapt quickly to changes in demand, automation can help to build safer, more productive operations and boost the ability to respond to rapid changes in demand. Warehouses turned out as crucial breaking points in the supply chain. Therefore, optimization and efficiency in this industry are very important.

To meet these expectations, warehouses need to become smarter, faster, and more flexible, but how to prepare your warehouse for the future? Promises of superfast fulfillment are leading organizations with warehouses to explore digital twin technology, enabling them to mirror the operational setting and run experiments to experience and understand how it can be optimized, and how new technologies can be rolled into play.

By 2025, 50% of the work activities could be replaced by next-level process optimization and visualization. Applications will be impacted by e.g., Robotization: Robots, Cobots (collaborative robots) and RPA (Robotic Process Automation), and Process Virtualization by Digital Twins and AI (McKinsey & Company report: Top Trends in Tech, 2020). We see simulation as an inseparable part of AI, combining visions, (historical)data, algorithms, and assumptions to get insight and therefore grip on supply chain processes.

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Simulation modeling is a powerful method for designing, planning, and optimizing warehouse operations. By creating a digital twin of a warehouse, companies can design, simulate, and test within current and new warehouse operations, including (semi) automatic order picking, batching algorithms, stock allocation, (empty) tote management, tracking and tracing temporary storage, and shelving virtually.

The challenge is to achieve the most efficient warehouse operation. Simulation modeling can contribute to the selection of the best order-picking module, conveyor and sorting systems, or automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS). Using simulation software, warehouse managers can easily plan during peak days and determine when these peak moments are. By integrating the Warehouse Management System (WMS) with the simulation model, data from the inventory can be used for accurate simulation studies.

Questions that can be easily answered using Simulation Software are:

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  • What do you do if a part of your system breaks down (contingency)?
  • What are the lead times and are they short and stable enough to ensure product safety in case of, e.g., chilled foods?
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  • How to optimize your and 3rd Party equipment, staff and logistics?

From an emulation perspective, managers can get insight into the operation. How is the performance on a peak day/period? What extra dynamics do peak days provide? For example, during special offers on black Friday, there might be flows that would normally never be seen. How to cope with these challenges?

Enterprise Dynamics® is a powerful and robust simulation platform that provides a digital environment where you can safely explore a solution without impacting day-to-day operations. By using a virtual model to validate and visualize current and future operations, optimizations and innovations will demand less costs, risks, effort and time. So, supporting maximal operational performance.

Simulation software can give insight in:

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  • Steering optimization, innovation and control
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  • The impact of failures on the warehouse
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  • Stock allocation
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  • Required and right seize capacities.

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For all leading construction companies, architects, engineers, and consultants using crowd risk analysis. We are happy to announce the release of our crowd simulation software Pedestrian Dynamics® 4.2!

With Pedestrian Dynamics® you can increase customer experiences, decrease costs, and contribute to your innovation programs to contribute to more safe, secure, and sustainable infrastructures and events.

Pedestrian Dynamics® 4.2 gives the crowd modelers more tools to help them in the model building process and to present the results to the end user.

The new features of Pedestrian Dynamics® 4.2 are:

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Show the location in your 2D/3D model layout directly from the location reported in the Error monitor

New functionality has been added to the error monitor and tracer window. In the context menu you can find a new function Go to location. Use this for example to easily find the location of an error that is reported in the error monitor in your 2D/3D model layout.

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