We would like to present an informal update of activities of the Australasian Chapter of the System Dynamics Society, since John Barton_s report at the Annual Conference of the SD Society in Bergen in July 2000.
Australia New Zealand Systems (ANZSYS) Conference _ November 2000.
_ Tim Haslett's (Monash University) graduate class in SD held an impressive evening at which teams presented reports on seven industry-based modelling exercises. About 50 people attended and for the first time, some modest sponsorship was provided to pay for catering and some student prizes.
_ Presentations were made on topics including managing a golf course, transport logistics, managing a brand, university administrative processes and managing supply chains.
_ The evening provided an interesting learning exercise in noting the range of issues that were raised by attempts to introduce SD modelling into organisations and the importance of using a range of communication and graphical skills in support of the actual simulation modelling.
_ Currently there are about 33 members in the Chapter, including 22 from Australia (16 full members and 5 associate members) and 10 from New Zealand (5 full members and 5 associate members). The geographical spread of membership is: Victoria _ mostly Melboune (6), New South Wales (7), Canberra (6), Queensland (3), Auckland (5), and Wellington/Palmerston North (5).
_ The main problem faced by the branch at this stage is that persistent efforts to build a biographical data base of the membership had attracted only about a 30% response from members. This could be partly due to the thin spread of members over wide geographical areas in Australasia.
_ What are other chapters_ experiences in this respect?
_ System Dynamics activity is also a lot healthier in New Zealand now, both at universities and in the public and private sectors. However, we have not yet set up systems to report on SD activities in NZ but we hope to do that in the future!
_ Finally we would like to thank Peter Galbraith for his work on developing the Chapter membership data base and for recording the notes from our Chapter meeting at the November ANZSYS conference.
John Barton Bob Cavana
President, Australasian Chapter Policy Council Rep, Australasian Chapter