Computer Simulation


A computer simulation[1] (or computer/computational model[2]) is a virtual realisation of an outcome[5], process or system[6], used for conceptual design[3] and modelling[4], to represent, communicate and assess physical and functional attributes.

Terms definitions
1. computer simulation. A computer-generated way to visualise something especially something quite complex – like a complicated process or a system « Back to Glossary Index
2. computational model. A computer-generated virtual realisation of an outcome, process, or system used for conceptual design and modelling to represent, communicate, and assess physical and functional attributes. « Back to Glossary Index
3. conceptual design. A way to describe a proposed technological outcome using a visual method – for example a to-scale plan or drawing « Back to Glossary Index
4. modelling. Technological modelling is the testing of design ideas to see if they can contribute to a fit-for-purpose technological outcome. There are two types of technological modelling: Functional modelling is the ongoing testing of design concepts Prototyping is the realisation of a fully functioning model Taken together, the two types of modelling provide evidence of factors […]
5. outcome. Products and systems developed through Technological Practice for a specific purpose. A technological outcome is evaluated in terms of its fitness for purpose, and can be described by their physical and functional nature. « Back to Glossary Index