- The communication of messages, the demonstration of processes and abstracts, the building of hypotheses, the acquisition of knowledge and cognition, the expression of music, the conceptualization and presentation of products – all are enhanced by the application of visualization techniques.
- Visualization is enhanced by modeling. Simulation applies an interactive environment to reveal changes in the behavior of an object; either through changes in the environment, interaction with other objects or changes within the object itself.
- Communicating mission-critical data in a visual manner can help to enhance comprehension, collaboration and productivity.
- Simulation, modeling and visualization are used as alternative leaning technologies to enhance learning outcomes.
- A simulation is an imitation of real thing, state of affairs, or process. The act of simulating something generally entails representing certain key characteristics or behaviors of a selected physical or abstract system.
- Simulation is used in many contexts, including the modeling of natural systems or human systems in order to gain insight into their functioning. Other contexts include simulation of technology for performance optimization, safety engineering, testing, prototyping, training and education. Simulation can be used to show the eventual real effects of alternative conditions and courses of action.
- Key issues in simulation include acquisition of valid source information about the referent, selection of key characteristics and behaviours, the use of simplifying approximations and assumptions within the simulation, and fidelity and validity of the simulation outcomes.