CAST, the scalable and modular aviation software solution, provides modules for airport simulation, capacity planning, resource allocation and real-time prediction based airport management.

 

The usage of CAST reduces cost for investments and operations, speeds up decision making and planning processes and sup­ports smooth, safe and punctual operations. CAST solutions seamless cover strategic and tactical planning as well as operational and real-time optimisation.

 

CAST comprises different modules, which can be used stand alone or in a tailored combination in order to meet the individual objectives and requirements:

CAST Simulation

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Logistic, traffic and process fast time simulation software

  • Aircraft traffic and process simulation
  • Terminal passenger flow and process simulation
  • Ground handling traffic and process simulation
  • Curbside and parking traffic simulation

CAST Express

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High speed simulation technology for real time prediction

  • Resource and staff demand calculation
  • Real-time predection system
  • Passenger flow management and planning
  • Multi scenario analysis (what-if)

CAST Allocation

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Resource allocation software

  • Aircraft stand allocation / gate allocation
  • One day to full season
  • Strategic, tactical and operational
  • Automated optimisation and performance analysis

CAST is designed exactly to the needs of the industry and is a product of cooperation with several partners, as BAA (London Heathrow), Fraport, Zurich Airport, Eurocontrol, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Madrid Barajas, Dubai Airports or Airbus/Ariane.

 

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CAST Simulation Software

 

Based on a modular simulation platform, CAST Simulation applications for the terminal, the aircraft traffic and the ground handling / vehicle traffic are available. All these applications can be utilised as stand-alone or combined (integrated) into one simulation environment (Total Airport Simulation). Starting up with a basic simulation system, CAST can be extended and adapted.

 

CAST is based on multi-agent technology. Every passenger, vehicle or aircraft is an individual agent (actor) and able to react to the given situation according its individual goals, intentions and characteristics. As in reality all agents pass through optional or obligatory processes and services. The microscopic behavior includes an individual wayfinding / routing as well as ‘collision avoidance’ and ‚conflict resolution‘ considering priority rules, processes and restrictions.

 

In addition to the 3D simulation environment, comprehensive modules for realistic traffic generation, allocation, communication, and analysis have been integrated into CAST:

  • Pax-Load-Generator (schedule based generation of passenger load)
  • Aircraft Load / Traffic Generator (schedule based generation of aircraft load and ground handling traffic)
  • Aircraft Stand Allocation (including Gantt-Chart visualisation)
  • Log-Analyser (automated evaluation and presentation of results)
  • Dashboard (online analysis and KPI visualisation)
  • Airport visualisation / Virtual Airport (3D visualisation of static and dynamic airport data)

 

CAST simulations to the highest degree are flexible and fully scalable, offering very quick modelling with small and/or simple models as well as not limits regarding model scope and degree of detail.

The powerful integrated, automated analysis and meaningful dashboards for the presentation of results are leading to clear and quick decisions and highest working efficiency.

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CAST Terminal - Passenger Flow and Process Simulation

CAST Terminal – Passenger Terminal Simulation

 

CAST Terminal is a multi-agent airport terminal simulator, which offers a three-dimensional simulation environment combined with realistic passenger flow behaviour and all related processes. It provides scalable and realistic models of airport terminals and other passenger facilities to enable decision support, planning, design, capacity analysis and optimisation of terminal infrastructure and operational processes. Entire airport terminals can be examined, or its individual parts can be considered in detail in order to cost-effectively conduct analyses aimed at:

 

  • Planning of optimal future airport infrastructure developments
  • Identifying bottlenecks and solutions to complex operational problems and planning tasks
  • Improving terminal capacity without reduction of operational quality
  • Identifying the most efficient and cost-effective options
  • Optimising retail facilities and ensuring highest passenger convenience
  • Supporting tactical and strategic decision-making in airport operations and management

 

CAST Terminal significantly improves the planning process, offers highest reliability and helps achieve quicker results and better cost efficiencies.

 

Key features

 

  • Analysis of various terminal layouts and operational strategies
  • Identification of potentials in capacity
  • Simple and straightforward modeling with predefined modules
  • Realistic passenger behaviour and highly detailed personal properties
  • Comprehensive analysis options
  • Additional modules for the allocation of terminal resources including check-in counters and baggage reclaim

 

The major advantes and benefits of CAST Terminal are:

 

  • Fast, simple and straightforward terminal modelling
  • Building a set structure with base components of all service facilities (e.g. check-in counter, security control, etc.)
  • Accurate presentation of facilities and processes
  • Target-oriented investigation of particular process quality-criteria (e.g. level of service)
  • Unlimited options of passenger type differentiation
  • Time efficient modelling through simulation in three different levels of detail
  • Powerful reporting features, even analysis during simulation (charts, statistics)
  • Appealing presentation of terminal environment and processes through import options for DXF and 3DS data

 

CAST Terminal provides top-quality visualisation of all activities and processes within airport terminals. This essentially facilitates a detailed analysis of the utilisation of stopover and movement areas as well as waiting queue development.

 

The CAST fast-time simulation tool is maintained and exploited by the EUROCONTROL Experimental Centre (EEC) [EEC Fast Time Simulation Tools]

 

References / Customers:

 

CAST Terminal has been developed by users for users with partners like BAA, Frankfurt Airport, Zurich Airport, Eurocontrol and Airbus. CAST has a steady / rapid growing worldwide user community of airports, authorities, planners and consultants.

 

CAST Aircraft - Aircraft Flow and Process Simulation

CAST Aircraft

 

CAST Aircraft simulates the aircraft traffic at and around an airport considering all relevant components like infrastructure, rules, restrictions, and operational strategies. With CAST Aircraft new concepts and strategies can be rapidly evaluated in scalable levels of detail, for example to identify bottlenecks, plan resources or assess a system‘s capacity.

 

Key features

 

  • Multi-agent fast time simulation of aircraft traffic
  • High class 3D model („the virtual airport“)
  • Schedule-based traffic generation
  • Dynamic aircraft stand allocation*
  • ATM – runway and traffic management
  • Sophisticated routing and taxiing behaviour features
  • Powerful analysis features and 3D animation

 

Technical facts

 

  • Runs on a standard PC or Laptop with Microsoft Windows
  • Flexible licence models according individual requirements

 

Overview

 

Central part of an CAST Aircraft model is the 3D infrastructure and environment including all relevant physical and logical elements. Using a 3D/2D environment for modeling and simulation speeds up the work, helps to analyse and understand, and eases communication. Various import and editing functions guarantee a flexible and quick modeling. A high detailed 3D model is not only mandatory to get highest attention from customers and decision makers, but is also used for a general presentation of an airport.

 

Like in reality the CAST Aircraft traffic generation is based on a central flight schedule handling system. All flight data is stored  in an integrated AODB and include all time stamps of a turn around (scheduled, estimated, targeted, actual). Following the chronological course of the schedule, flights are performed. Delays and schedule deviations can be considered based on probabilities. Several functions enable the user to consider specific conditions and quickly generate scenarios.

 

A dynamic stand allocation* receives all flight information and individually allocates aircraft stands. Several rules, restrictions and priorities may be defined in order to get the real life stand utilisation. Starting quickly with basic rules the CAST Stand Allocation allows to model complex allocation concepts considering even very detailed user defined properties and dependencies.

 

Operational concepts define how aircraft are taxiing and which runway configuration is used. It is possible to define detailed rules or use default settings for the utilisation of runways, SIDs, STARs and airspace.

 

An comprehensive routing module determines the routing for each aircraft while considering restrictions and preferences. The runway sequencing is based on ATC rules and calculates the minimum required separations considering wake vortices, radar separations, runway occupancy times, departure separations on SIDs and the individual properties of an aircraft.

 

Origins and destinations can be connected by a route network including other airports or can be represented by airspace interfaces.

 

 

Additional technical features of CAST Aircraft

 

  • Set-up of runway and taxiway network by predefined modules
  • Import of runway and taxiway network from CAD
  • Schedule based generation of flights
  • Dynamic stand allocation* and aircraft routing
  • Runway utilisation according to specific rules and restrictions
  • Accurate calculation of delays, taxi-times and other process parameters
  • Use of stochastic distributions

 

 

CAST Aircraft is based on state-of-the-art multi-agent technology and can be used stand-alone or as an integral part of the CAST product family. The video recording function allows a fast and easy preparation of high quality videos, which can be used in presentations or demonstrations.

 

Tasks and Benefits

 

The main goal of using CAST Aircraft is to reduce cost for investments and operations, to speed up the decision making process and to guarantee smooth, safe and punctual operations. Please find some example applications and questions below:

 

How CAST Aircraft supports planning

 

  • Planning of infrastructure
  • Layout Comparison
  • Planning of construction measures
  • Identify potential future bottlenecks
  • Speed up planning and decision processes
  • Planning stand allocation
  • Enhance capacity

 

How CAST Aircraft supports operations

 

  • Planning operations
  • Test new procedures
  • Calculate cost of operations
  • Optimise taxi times
  • Verify stand allocation
  • Analyse de-icing strategies
  • Enhance punctuality

 

How CAST Aircraft supports capacity questions

 

  • Determine runway capacity
  • Determine maximum / ultimate runway capacity
  • Determine practical capacity
  • Determine coordinated capacity
  • Reveal hidden capacities

 

Example questions

 

  • Which layout alternatives reduce delay?
  • What is the demand for aircraft stands in x years?
  • How does the optimal stand allocation concept for the next season look like?
  • What is the capacity effect of an additional runway exit?
  • What is the optimal position of a new runway exit?
  • Which taxi routing concept leads to a maximum in punctuality?
  • When are additional taxiways required?
  • What is the most efficient taxi routing during construction?
  • Are there bottle necks due to future traffic growth?
  • At which point in time is an extension of the infrastructure needed (stands, taxi ways, runway)?
  • What benefits do we gain in case of investment?
  • What is the most environmentally friendly operational concept?
  • What is the most efficient de-icing strategy?

 

These are only some examples of the various tasks solved by customers or ARC with the help of CAST. Please do not hesitate to contact us in order to discuss your individual tasks and questions.

 

References / Customers

CAST has been developed by users for users with partners like BAA, Frankfurt Airport, Zurich Airport, Eurocontrol and Airbus. CAST has a steady / rapid growing world-wide user community of airports, authorities, universities, planners and consultants.

 

For more information please see the corresponding projects page.

 

Purchase CAST or book ARC’s Consulting Services

 

To ensure the highest efficiency ARC does not only provide the CAST software, but on demand also offers consulting services and support in the application of CAST. ARC strives for a long term cooperation and sustainable product maintenance.

 

CAST Vehicle - Ground Handling Traffic and Process Simulation

CAST Vehicle

 

CAST Vehicle is the world-wide leading fast time simulation tool for modeling and evaluating airside ground traffic. The super ordinate aim is to constantly reduce the cost of infrastructure and operations, guarantee safe operations, and reduce negative environmental impacts. Developed for airports, airlines, ground handlers and consultants with a unique scope of functionalities, it takes the quality of strategic, tactical and operational optimisation to a new level. It shortens the planning phase significantly and provides the highest possible confidence for operational planning and co-ordination. Working within the CAST 3D multi-agent environment guarantees most efficient application and highest usability.

 

CAST Vehicle has been developed in cooperation with Fraport AG and Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics. CAST Vehicle is a module of the CAST-Family and may be used as a stand-alone application or together with other CAST modules.

 

Key features

 

  • Multi-agent fast time simulation of airside ground traffic
  • 3D model of airside infrastructure
  • Traffic generation based on flight schedule and flight-specific load information
  • Vehicle allocation according to individual dispatching strategies
  • Sophisticated routing and driving behaviour features
  • Powerful analysis features and 3D animation

 

Technical facts

 

  • Runs on a standard PC
  • Microsoft Windows required

 

Overview

 

With CAST Vehicle new concepts and strategies can be rapidly evaluated in scalable levels of detail, for example to identify bottlenecks, plan resources or assess a system‘s capacity. Various performance indicators can be logged for extensive analysis and can even be assessed during the simulation run via simulation-synchronous animation and online analysis functionalities such as graphs or colour-coding.

 

CAST Vehicle incorporates a sophisticated schedule-based dynamic traffic generation that takes into account flight load information (e.g. PAX baggage and cargo) as well as individual ground handler responsibilities and their dispatching strategies.

 

A powerful routing module provides automated and realistic routing. Vehicles find their routes considering e.g. blockings by taxiing aircraft and the actual traffic situation on potential route segments.

 

CAST Vehicle provides an accurate model of microscopic driving behaviour: vehicles accelerate, turn, change lanes and overtake according to their kinematic and dynamic properties and give way at road junctions obeying the respective traffic rules.

 

CAST Vehicle is based on state-of-the-art multi-agent technology and can be used stand-alone or as an integral part of the CAST product family. The program provides an user-friendly interface.

 

Further features of CAST Vehicle

 

  • Quick and easy modeling of airport airside traffic systems
  • Integral environment: modeling, editing, simulating and evaluating of scenarios is performed in a single 3D virtual environment
  • Powerful analysis features for in-run feedback (graphs, color coding, labelling) and detailed postprocessing
  • Powerful import and editing functionalities for a rapid scenario set-up
  • Flexible road network concept that allows easy modeling of network layouts with multiple lanes and complex junctions with automatically preconfigured right-of-way rules
  • Generation of traffic based on a flight plan or stochastic distributions
  • Dynamic dispatching according to individual strategies.
  • Accurate model of microscopic driving behaviour including lane changing, overtaking and conflict resolution at junctions

 

CAST Vehicle offers a visual representation of every scenario element and provides intuitive access to its parameters:

  • Ground vehicles and aircraft
  • Road elements and taxiways
  • Controllers and dispatchers
  • Stand positions, vehicle depots and storage areas

 

With the batch run manager of CAST Vehicle it is easy to do multiple simulation runs with stochastical variations of relevant parameters and the integrated, powerful post processing tool CAST Log Analyser allows to perform extensive analyses of the simulation results efficiently.

 

How CAST Vehicle can help airports

 

  • Planning of infrastructure
  • Layout comparison
  • Planning of construction measures
  • Predict possible future bottlenecks (next year, next week)
  • Speed up planning and decision process

 

How CAST Vehicle can help airlines / ground handling companies

 

  • Plan operations
  • Ascertain new procedures
  • Calculate cost of operations
  • Determine required equipment
  • Determine and evaluate staff planning
  • Predict future resource demand


Example questions

 

  • Does the infrastructure provide enough capacity?
  • Are there bottlenecks (highly stressed routes, intersections)?
  • Is there enough parking space available?
  • What are the best locations for parking and preparation?
  • How will construction measures influence operations?
  • How should an optimal traffic guidance concept look like?
  • Which driving times are to be expected?
  • How many resources (staff, equipment) are required?
  • Which vehicle allocation strategies are beneficial? (trade-off between punctuality and resource requirements)
  • How does the optimal operational concept look like?
  • Is the layout of the infrastructure stable, i.e. insusceptible against failures and changes?

 

These are only some examples of the various tasks solved by customers or ARC with the help of CAST. Please do not hesitate to contact us in order to discuss your individual tasks and questions.

 

References customers

 

CAST has been developed by users for users with partners like BAA, Frankfurt Airport, Zurich Airport, Eurocontrol and Airbus. CAST has a steady / rapid growing worldwide user community of airports, authorities, planners and consultants.

For more information please see the corresponding projects page.

 

Purchase CAST or book ARC’s Consulting Services

 

To ensure the highest efficiency ARC does not only provide the CAST software, but on demand also offers consulting services and support in the application of CAST. ARC strives for a long term cooperation and sustainable product maintenance.

CAST Express – Terminal Operation and Planning

 

CAST Express provides fast-time predictive analysis of airport terminal processes. Integrated to the Airport’s operation systems CAST Express supports the best possible view on the next hours of operations. Thus, airport operators can more efficiently operate, use and staff resources.

 

  • Realistic prediction of day of operations
  • Demand-based capacity planning and operations
  • Improved passenger flow management
  • Resource optimisation
  • Supports strategic and tactical planning

 

CAST Express is designed especially for the needs of airport planners and operators to support the fast and throughout capacity assessment of terminal processes and facilities. CAST Express offers facility requirement analyses as well the assessment of Level of Service quality performance.

 

CAST Express can be used for strategic and tactical terminal capacity planning as well as for real-time prediction of terminal processes in an operational environment.

To optimize passenger flows and process planning on the day of operation and to give the airport operator the most precise real-time forecast on the passenger flows and processes, CAST Express can be integrated to the airport’s IT environment.

 

Dashboard views on the results give a predictive insight and common understanding of the expected terminal operation to all relevant stakeholders.

 

Key features of CAST Express include

 

  • Multi Scenario Manager
  • Dashboard
  • Facility Requirement Analysis
  • Integration to airports operational systems

 

CAST Stand Allocation – Aircraft Stand and Gate Allocation

CAST Stand Allocation supports airports, airlines as well as engineering and consulting companies in long, medium and short term stand planning tasks and provides answers to questions like:

 

  • What is the stand demand and buffer for a given schedule?
  • What is the best stand allocation strategy?
  • Will the stand concept meet the airlines‘ preferences?
  • How to adapt the stand configuration to meet the future fleet mix?

 

CAST Stand Allocation provides a quick analysis of stand demand and a detailed allocation scheme. Besides others, it considers the available or planned stands, the current or future schedules and specific stand allocation rules. The comprehensive allocation rules can easily be adapted in order to:

 

  • Meet mandatory restrictions like aircraft size/type, flight origin/destination, airline and terminal preference
  • Consider usage parameters as above or in general by stand number/group
  • Optimise the use of pier served stands
  • Model MARS stands, e.g. used to park one widebody or two small aircrafts
  • Consider adjacency restrictions, e.g. boarding a flight from one stand can block arrivals from using other stands
  • User defined allocation priorities, e.g. prioritise home carrier
  • Rule based split of turnarounds

 

Usability features

 

  • Powerful visualisation of allocation charts
  • Dynamic fast time animation of stand utilisation
  • Quick and easy set-up of scenarios
  • Training and user support by the ARC expert team

 

CAST Stand Allocation is an off-the-shelf product and can be used stand alone or as an integral part of the CAST product family.

 

Purchase CAST or book ARC’s Consulting Services

 

To ensure a quick start and highest efficiency ARC does not only provide the CAST software, but on demand also offers consulting services and coaching of the CAST application. ARC strives for a long term partnership and sustainable product maintenance.

Purchase and Services

CAST – Purchase, Leasing, Consulting and Modelling Service

In order to provide an optimal solution for each customer and task CAST provides different options:

1. Purchase or lease a license, get a training and become a CAST User

2. Book a consulting service

3. Use the Continuous Modelling Service (CMS)

All options include individual support and will consider your specific requirements and tasks. Many customers appreciate a tailored combination of the options and e.g. start with a consulting project and later purchase a licence for long-term use. This facilitates a quick start, sustainable quality and an optimised Return on Investment (ROI). Please contact the ARC team to compose the most suitable package for you.

Purchasing the Software

You like to be become a CAST user and get your own CAST Software Package? ARC will give you a tailored proposal including all details e.g. training, installation, documentation and long term support.

  • Contact ARC to discuss your requirements and/or get more information by phone or e-mail.
  • Get a comprehensive presentation of CAST on-site, web-based and see how easy and quick CAST works. Feel free to invite everybody who is interested. It will also be a pleasure to meet you at ARC’s Headquarter in Aachen.
  • Based on your requirements, ARC will provide a tailored offer. Due to the modular structure, you will only pay for the functions you need.
  • Evaluate all the options, get your CAST version – and start to benefit from CAST.
  • Get the highly rated support and regular software updates. Become a member of the CAST user community and benefit from exchange of experience and yearly, international user group meetings with users and experts of other companies.
  • Become a member of the CAST user community and benefit from exchangeof experience and yearly, international user group meetings with users and experts of other companies.

CAST Leasing

If you like to use CAST only on a project base, ARC provides a leasing model considering the objectives of your projects. Several options allow to provide full CAST benefits to your customers and guarantee a short term ROI.

  • Contact ARC to discuss your requirements and/or get more information by phone or e-mail.
  • ARC provides comprehensive advice how to use CAST for your intentions.
  • Get an offer tailored to your requirements.
  • Get your CAST version within days and start your project.
  • Get the highly rated support and regular software updates.
  • Become a member of the CAST user community and benefit from exchange of experience and yearly, international user group meetings with users and experts of other companies.

Option: After a leasing phase you can decide to get a full licence of CAST.

Consulting services

ARC’s consulting services include the provision of the CAST environment and more. Based on more than 20 years of airport planning and simulation experience, ARC offers a package considering all aspects of operations, planning and optimisation.

 

If you like to use CAST only on a project base, ARC provides a leasing model considering the objectives of your projects. Several options allow to provide full CAST benefits to your customers and guarantee a short term ROI.

  • Contact ARC and request more information by phone or e-mail.
  • ARC can give you a comprehensive presentation on-site to demonstrate CAST and discuss your project. Please invite everybody who is interested.
  • Based on your requirements ARC will provide a tailored offer.
  • Evaluate all the options and get your results: presentations, videos and reports.
  • ARC will keep the model for further projects on short-term request.

Continuous Modelling Service (CMS)

In order to meet the demands from the aviation industry, ARC to several customers provides a Continuous Modelling Service (CMS). This service does not only include the set-up of a 3D-CAST model of the airport but also a predefined simulation service on a regular base in order to check of defined airport parts or to test next season’s schedule. This helps to anticipate critical situations and to react in time. A standardized and agreed set of KPI (Key performance indicators) ensures quick communication and highest internal acceptance.

 

ARC’s consulting services include the provision of the CAST environment and more. Based on more than 20 years of airport planning and simulation experience, ARC offers a package considering all aspects of operations, planning and optimisation.

 

Your advantages:

  • Continuous enhancement of quality
  • Efficient project coordination due to a predefined communication process
  • Highest simulation quality

For this service no CAST license is required and ARC will maintain and update the model for the customer.

  • Contact ARC and request more information by phone or e-mail.
  • ARC provides a tailored suggestion defining scope and frequency of the Continuous Modelling Service based on your specific situation.
  • Discuss the options and start the service.
  • Extend the service as needed.

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