News of Airport Research Center GmbH

SESAR members and partners recently came together at London Heathrow Airport to demonstrate the benefits offered by SESAR’s airport operations centre (APOC) through gaming techniques. Using a 3D CAST simulation of the airport, the APOC gaming exercise mimicked the airside and landside processes at Heathrow, allowing APOC stakeholders to test responses to new working procedures and disruptive operational events.

Feedback on this gaming exercise showed how effective this solution is for sharing a common situational awareness, making decisions collaboratively, thus improving the overall airport performance:

“The APOC gaming exercise exceeded my expectations in terms of the overwhelmingly positive response from representatives across the Heathrow stakeholder community, including operational front-line staff who took part in the exercise – colleagues from the APOC, NATS, British Airways and UK Border Force" said Andy Knight, ATM & Airside Development Manager. "It was clear that the gaming approach to validation provides an immense benefit in allowing each stakeholder to understand the impact of their decisions on other operational units. The powerful visualisation provided by the gaming platform provides an immediate and greatly enhanced situational awareness for stakeholders.”

Mark Burgess, Head of ATM & ATC, said: “At Heathrow we see many opportunities to deploy this technology to improve operations, to support training and to manage disruption. We want to do everything we can to encourage further development and bring these operational solutions to the market place.”

For more information, watch this video.

You can also read the full article at the SESAR website.

If you are interested in this topic, you may also read about the CAST APOC Simulation at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport or watch the video.

Airport Research Center takes great pleasure in inviting its CAST customers to this year's CAST User Conference. The 2016 user conference will be hosted by ARC's project partner IATA in Montreal from 20th - 21st October 2016.

As recurring participants know, the CAST User Conferenceis a great opportunity to get in touch with other users, share experience and get insights into the latest developments of CAST. We are also looking forward to sharing and discussing planned new CAST features with you.

ARC and our host IATA have collaborated in various client projects but also work together on several other topics like the integration of IATA's Level of Service framework in CAST Terminal or the update of IATA's Airport Development Reference Manual.

For the first time, participants can also combine the user conference with a CAST Terminal Advanced Training, which will be held before the meeting on 18th - 19th October 2016.

Stakeholders from across air traffic and airport management recently came together at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to validate the SESAR’s* Airport Operations Centre (APOC*).

They made use of the portable virtual airport 'gaming' platform developed by ARC (CAST as a total airport simulation tool) and Airbus (stakeholder interface) in cooperation with EUROCONTROL in order to confirm how different stakeholders can collaboratively manage airport operations in both normal operations and adverse conditions.

This exercise was a great success and also tested for the first time the CAST interactive performance dashboard, which allows airport operational experts to pilot the platform in real-time.

Gérald Bastistella, Director Single European Sky (groupe adp): 'The performance improvements assessed during the exercise will be very useful in the future to improve passenger experience whilst benefiting airlines'.

Read more information or see the video. ARC will inform you about further 'gaming' simulation sessions, which will be held in London (LHR), Madrid (MAD), Alicante (ALC) and Toulouse (TLS) this year.

* SESAR: Single European Sky ATM Research Programme
* APOC: Airport Operations Centre

CAST and Airport Research Center were chosen by EUROCONTROL to perform a simulation study on the impact of the European Football Championship 2016 at Bordeaux Airport.

This study prepared Bordeaux Airport for the increased demand during the EURO 2016 and enabled the airport to identify potential bottlenecks in advance.

Various scenarios supported Bordeaux Airport to sharpen their focus on the essential parameters in terms of fan handling and to find an optimized concept for this exceptional situation.

IATA in collaboration with Airport Research Center will hold a Level of Service (LoS) workshop on 18 July 2016 in IATA’s Singapore office.

Mr. Jurgen Renner, IATA’s airport development and LoS expert, will explain the principles of IATA’s revised LoS concept. Participants will also be provided with useful recommendations and practical guidance on how to apply this new framework. Afterwards, Ms. Uta Kohse, Managing Partner of Airport Research Center (ARC), will demonstrate how a terminal simulation tool can effectively support LoS assessments and help to optimize investments and reduce operational costs. Uta and Jurgen will also elaborate on two LoS project case studies, which IATA and ARC have carried out recently.

This LoS workshop will also serve as a platform to have a lively exchange of experience with other participants. The workshop is open for all interested airport and airline employees. There is no registration fee involved and confirmation of participation is at the discretion of IATA.

testimonials advanced TrainingARC has run its first CAST Terminal advanced training course and received great feedback from its participants.

The use of CAST on numerous international consulting projects demonstrated that CAST offers significantly more capability for modelling complex situations than can be included in the basic CAST training. Therefore in order to share this continuing experience, ARC has organized a CAST Terminal advanced training course which was joined by experienced CAST users from several major intenational airports.

The training gave deeper insight and advanced capabilities for use in simulation studies. This included methodology and best practice advice for the collection of input data, validation and cross-checks, model calibration, evaluation and interpretation of simulation results and much more. New CAST features were also explained in detail, including the integrated PaxGen, allocation modules and detailed security modelling capavilities.Additionally, participants got the opportunity to have user-driven workshops, where ARC's experts could give tailored advice and answer questions regarding client specific simulation tasks.

All participants appreciated the cooperative atmosphere, which allowed lively exchange of ideas and know-how with other participants.

Following the positive feedback, ARC will now offer this training in a regular base. The next CAST Terminal advanced training is planned to be held in ARC's headquarters in Aachen, Germany in October 2016.


 

ARC is pleased to announce the release of the new CAST 2016 version. In addition to general performance gains and numerous improvements, it includes noteworthy features such as:

  • a Level-of-Service analysis framework conformal to previous and new IATA definitions for CAST Terminal
  • additional aircraft shapes and enhanced routing features for CAST Aircraft and Vehicle
  • considerable improvements to the stand, baggage and check-in allocation modules

Airport Research Center is happy to announce that this year’s CAST User Group Meeting will be hosted by Munich Airport from Thursday 15th to Friday 16th of October 2015.

The yearly user group meeting is a good opportunity to get insights into the latest developments of CAST, to get in touch with other CAST users, to share experiences and ideas and to discuss planned new features as well as clients’ wishes for the development roadmap of CAST.

Our host Munich Airport is the second largest airport in Germany and the first five-star airport in Europe. As a very active CAST user, Munich Airport hast applied CAST Terminal for numerous projects to analyse and optimise the existing terminals and plan new terminal infrastructure.

The final agenda will be available soon.

Many CAST users are expanding their simulation teams. To respond to the increasing demand for training, ARC is happy to announce regular CAST Trainings for all CAST modules at our headquarters in Aachen, Germany.

This CAST Training will not only be a good opportunity to learn CAST from the beginning, users can also get insight in the latest features of CAST and get in touch with other users to share experiences.

The first training sessions will be held in November and December 2015.

If you are interested in joining a CAST training, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Airport Research Center is contributing to the new edition of IATA's Airport Development Reference Manual (ADRM) and writing a chapter regarding airport simulation. We want to share our experience and present the potential and benefits of simulation as decision support tool to the ADRM reader community.

The ADRM is a valuable tool for airport planners, airlines, airports, government authorities, architects and engineering consultants involved in airport development and planning, capacity planning, terminal planning, apron, etc.

More information about the ADRM and purchase options are available at IATA.

Airport Research Center is exhibiting at Inter Airport Europe 2015 in Munich from 6-9 October 2015.

Visitors can learn about our CAST Airport Simulation Suite and how it takes the quality of strategic, tactical and operational optimisation to a new level. As part of the continous improvements we present the most comprehensive CAST-Suite ever with its latest enhancements CAST Curbside, CAST Stand Allocation and CAST+ (provided in cooperation with Airbus Defense and Space).

We are looking forward to seeing you at our joint stand with Transoft Solutions (1556, hall B5)!

The civil aviation technical centre of the French Civil Aviation Authority (Service technique de l´Aviation civile – STAC) decided to use the Apps CAST Survey and CAST Capture and the computer application CAST Toolbox developed by Airport Research Center (ARC) for data capture and evaluation.

STAC plans to use the software in several kinds of aspects to optimize terminal operations and gather data on specific processes within the terminal. Check-In, Boarding Pass Control or Emigration are only a few examples for locations CAST Survey and CAST Capture can be used in. Especially detailed process times at the security control are of great interest to STAC.

Since STAC already is part of the CAST Community and uses CAST Aircraft and CAST Terminal for simulations, the data captured with CAST Survey and CAST Capture is perfectly suited for convenient use as input data for their simulations.

The Apps for all devices with the Android operating system and the computer application CAST Toolbox constitute a future proof data capture solution. With CAST Survey/CAST Capture providing convenient data capture and CAST Toolbox offering a wide range of preparation and evaluation tools designed for the CAST Apps, STAC choose a comprehensive package for preparation, data capture and evaluation of the data.

CAST builds the core of the Eurocontrol Airport Operations and Gaming Platform

The CAST Airport Simulation software, developed and provided by Airport Research Center GmbH in cooperation with Airbus Defence and Space has been extended to build the simulation core of an airport gaming simulation platform, which recently has been selected for the SESAR APOC (Airport Operational Control Center) simulation task by EUROCONTROL.

The SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) programme is one of the most ambitious research and development projects ever launched by the European Community. The programme is the technological and operational dimension of the Single European Sky (SES) initiative to meet future capacity and air safety needs.

Within SESAR, A-CDM based concepts, permitting predictability while maintaining flexibility and maximising the use of available capacity, are developed and validated by simulating respective 'Use Cases' with an airport gaming platform. For this purpose the CAST simulation software is coupled with user interfaces provided by the Athos System of Airbus and used for different gaming exercises. For these gaming sessions a CAST model including all relevant infrastructure of terminal, airside and airspace represents the airport. All relevant processes, as runway management, stand allocation or check-in and security are simulated considering the boundary conditions of several use cases and operational situations. While running in real time like in an actual Airport Operational Control Center (APOC), several processes can be controlled via the Athos interface by different stakeholders like airport operator, airline or ATC. During the gaming sessions, each stakeholder can see the "live" 3D view of the actual situation and is getting several data, warnings and alarms in order to perform management decisions like amending departure times, changing gates or open and close security lanes.

The participants in preceding gaming activities conducted in 2013 were from FlyBe, Swiss and Regional airlines as well as from the airport operations centre at Zurich. Their feedback was highly positive both in terms of the investigated concepts but also in the value of this kind of gaming activity for the development of an operational concept. The fact that the system is highly realistic, visual and dynamic means that participants are easily able to ‘imagine’ that they are working in their own operational environment and therefore provide highly valuable feedback.

These activities show, that CAST can provide packages tailored to the requirements of a wide range of clients. These can range from small and simple tasks such as simulation support for operational planning of dedicated areas, to an integrated view of the whole airport to support major, wide-ranging decisions. The user can start quickly and simply but is not limited if the tasks are more complex.

Please find some more information here:

Article in Passenger Terminal World

Airport Gaming Videos by EUROCONTROL

Airport Research Center is exhibiting at the ACI Airport Exchange 2014 in Paris, France, 03-05 November 2014.

Clients can expect case studies and sample projects solved by the worldwide leading airport simulation software CAST, including terminal and airside development validation, capacity investigations, facility requirement analyses, resource allocation and much more.

ACI Airport Exchange is one of the most most important events in the air transport industry calendar, with an expected attendance of more than 2,500 aviation business executives from Europe, Asia Pacific and around the world. ACI Airport Exchange 2014 is taking place at the Cnit Paris La Défense.

For more information about the exhibition and conference please visit www.airport-exchange.com

Looking forward to meeting you in Paris at booth C16!

Airport Research Center is happy to announce that this year’s CAST User Group Meeting will be hosted by Ricondo & Associates in Washington D.C. from Thursday 30th to Friday 31st of October.

The yearly user group meeting is a good opportunity to get insights into the latest developments of CAST, to get in touch with other CAST users, to share experiences and ideas and to discuss planned new features as well as clients’ wishes for the development roadmap of CAST.

Our host Ricondo is a full service aviation consulting firm that provides a wide range of services required by airport owners and operators, airlines, and federal and state agencies. Ricondo is also one of the most active CAST users and has applied CAST Terminal for numerous airports in the United States and beyond. Ricondo and Airport Research Center have been cooperating in various projects for several years.

Further information on the agenda of the meeting will be provided soon.

The multinational consultancy firm ARUP has bought CAST Aircraft and CAST Terminal.

After having leased the CAST software since 2012, ARUP was so much convinced of the CAST simulation platform that they decided to buy an unlimited license of CAST.

Airport Research Center wants to thank ARUP for this trustful cooperation.

After an extensive selection process Turkish Airlines decided for CAST Terminal to analyse and optimise the terminal processes of Istanbul Ataturk Airport and beyond.

Airport Research Center is proud to welcome the new member of the CAST user community.

On behalf of Eurocontrol and in cooperation with EADS, Airport Research Center GmbH built a Simulation and Gaming Platform based on CAST in order to simulate and validate the processes of airport performance management, performance monitoring and post operations control. These activities build the core for proactive decision making and optimised airport management. Eurocontrol released a video on the CAST Gaming Application as it was used at EADS Astrium within the SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research Programme) validation process.

A video of this project can be watched here.

A presentation of the CAST Airport Gaming Capabilities will be given on Eurocontrol’s stand at the World ATM Congress – Madrid 4-6 March 2014. For more information about the event visit www.worldatmcongress.org.

 

 

Once again, Airport Research Center GmbH will exhibit at Passenger Terminal Expo, taking place at Fira Barcelona, Spain, 25th – 27th March 2014.

Exhibitions highlights include the latest developments and features of the multi agent airport simulation software CAST as well as ARC’s consultancy in all areas of airport planning and operations. Visit us at booth 1458!

For more information see http://www.passengerterminal-expo.com.

 

 

 

Airport Research Center GmbH will present its large portfolio of airport planning and consulting services at National Airport Infrastructure Show & Civil Aviation at Crocus Expo IEC Hall, Moscow, Russia, 4th – 6th March 2014.

NAIS & CA is the only exhibition in Russia and CIS dedicated to the infrastructure development of airports, aerodromes, and civil aviation in general. Visitors can find more information and register for a visitor batch at http://www.nais-russia.com.

Looking forward to seeing you at booth A115!

 

 

 

In the 2014 showcase of the magazine Passenger Terminal World, one of Airport Research Center’s consulting services is explained in detail: Terminal Safety Audits.

Several airports have already trusted in ARC to perform audits of their passenger terminals regarding latent hazards. Airports have also benefited from simulation studies of extraordinary situations like evacuations or overcrowding analysis, generating reliable key-performance indicators like person count in area or evacuation times as well as impressive visualizations.

The article can be read here.

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After the successful CAST User Group Meetings 2011 in Dubai and 2012 in Frankfurt, STAC will host this year's CAST User Goup Meeting in Paris, France in 7th-8th November 2013.

For Airport Reserach Center and it’s customers worldwide, a close cooperation is one of the most important key factors to ensure the best possible outcome. Consequently, the user meeting is a great opportunity to share users’ experience and projects, inform all users about the latest CAST developments, introduce new features and modules, and of course discuss the roadmap of the future CAST development.

The Service technique de l'Aviation civile (STAC) belongs to the French civil aviation authority and provides its technical expertise and support for airport and aeronautical matters on the whole national territory. The STAC is involved in the fields of airport infrastructure and equipment, air navigation, environment, air transport safety, and transport security.

The STAC and Airport Research Center have been cooperating for several years in various project. The STAC is an active CAST Terminal and CAST Aircraft user. Together with Eurocontrol the STAC is applying CAST Aircraft for the developments of the European airtraffic and airport system.

Further information on the agenda can be downloaded here.

For many years, fast-time simulation has been an essential and proven methodology for optimising airport planning and reducing operational costs. Some big steps in system improvement could only be reached by applying simulations, which consider the interaction of several processes and actors.

One recent example of a comprehensive project with simulation support is the Single European Sky initiative, SESAR. One of SESAR's goals is to enhance the quality of airport and network opearation through the sharing of accurate information. The SESAR concept for airport operation is based on a single, unique, rolling source of information available to all parties. This information source is referred to as the airport operations plan (AOP).

In order to further study the concept behind the AOP, Eurocontrol and the SESAR European Airports Consortium have provided specification requirements to extend the well-established CAST airport simulation system, developed by Airport Research Center.
Then, a CAST simulation model was used to validate and rate the new concepts, delivered on paper, in a cost-efficient way.

An article in the september 2013 issue of the magazine Passenger Terminal World also featured this project. The article can be read at the Passenger Terminal World homepage or downloaded here.

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Airport Research Center is exhibiting at the ACI Airport Exchange 2013 in Doha, Qatar, 11-13 November 2013.

This year's exhibition highlights include:

  • The latest software developments of CAST Terminal, CAST Aircraft and CAST Vehicle
  • Case studies and sample projects on CAST: terminal and airside development validation, security process design, capacity investigations, resource allocation, equipment planning...

In addition, Mrs. Uta Kohse, managing partner at Airport Research Center, will give two presentation:

Utilising simulation modeling to optimise terminal design and operation
Exhibition Seminar Theatre - Airport Development Workshop
Wednesday, 13th November, 11:00 - 12:20h

Lifting liquid regulations - How to avoid capacity crash at security checkpoints
Security and Border Control Summit - 4th Working Session
Wednesday, 13th November, 13:30 - 15:00h

Looking forward to meeting you in Doha at booth no. 67!

For more information about the exhibition and conference please visit airport-exchange.com

 

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Due to the proven expertise of Airport Research Center in the implementation of LAG screening processes at airports, Mrs. Uta Kohse was interviewed by the magazine Passenger Terminal World in its latest issue September 2013.

She explained how to mitigate the existing uncertainities of the lifting of LAGs restrictions by using scenarios and sensitivity analysis. With applying a highly calibrated CAST Terminal simulation model, the potential impact and consequences of LAGs screening processes can be anticipated. Thus airports can react in time, choose the most efficient lane layout as well as optimize their staffing.

ARC's approach and CAST Simulation will support airports during their LAGs decision making process to find the optimum solution.

The full interview can be read at Passenger Terminal Today or downloaded here.

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On the Passenger Terminal Expo in Geneva Alan Marsden from Eurocontrol gave a presentation on "THE DEVELOPMENT OF FUTURE BUILDING BLOCKS FOR A-CDM" including a video using CAST Simulation to validate the SESAR concepts.

The video can be watched here.

In cooperation with Klaus Heindrichs from Cologne/Bonn Airport Uta Kohse of Airport Research Center gave a presentation on "CHANGED LIQUIDS REGULATIONS - How to avoid capacity crash at security checkpoints"

The presentation can be downloaded here.

Airport Research Center (ARC) is a global provider of professional airport planning and decision support services as well as of the CAST airport simulation software offering a wide range of consulting and software products to the aviation industry.

To support the company’s expansion, ARC is looking for dynamic and experienced persons, who strive for new challenges. We are pleased to offer the following vacancies:

Full Time

Student Assistants


It is required that all employees speak German fluently. Therefore the job advertisements are in German.

Airport Research Center exhibits at the ACI Airport Exchange 2012 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 26-28 November 2012.

We will present our planning and consulting services and also demonstrate the latest developments and features of our multi agent airport simulation software CAST:

With CAST, customers are able to use a 3D copy of their individual airport ready to answer questions about the future. This allows prediction of performance in order to act in time and not just to react! Tomorrow, next week, next month, next season and later – for each planning horizon CAST offers the information required for informed decision making. Through a stepwise approach first benefits can be generated in short term, without huge initial investments, and a short term ROI is guaranteed.

Looking forward to meeting you in Amsterdam at booth no. 68!

For more information about the exhibition and conference please visit airport-exchange.com

Airport Research Center is exhibiting at the Passenger Terminal Expo 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland, 09-11 April 2013.

We will present our planning and consulting services and also demonstrate the latest developments and features of our multi agent airport simulation software CAST:

With CAST, customers are able to use a 3D copy of their individual airport ready to answer questions about the future. This allows prediction of performance in order to act in time and not just to react! Tomorrow, next week, next month, next season and later – for each planning horizon CAST offers the information required for informed decision making. Through a stepwise approach first benefits can be generated in short term, without huge initial investments, and a short term ROI is guaranteed.

Looking forward to meeting you in Geneva at booth no. 3170!

For more information about the exhibition and conference please visit passengerterminal-expo.com

After the sucessful CAST User Group Meeting 2011 in Dubai, Frankfurt Airport will host this year's CAST User Goup Meeting from Tuesday November 13th to Wednesday 14th 2012.

For Airport Reserach Center and it’s customers worldwide, a close cooperation is one of the most important key factors to ensure the best possible outcome. Consequently, the user meeting is a great opportunity to share users’ experience and projects, inform all users about the latest CAST developments, introduce new features and modules, and of course discuss the roadmap of the future CAST development.

As part of the meeting, our host Marcel Plaum of Fraport will give a guided tour on the new Pier A Plus at Frankfurt Airport, which went into operation this October. The pier is used to operate flights to non-Schengen destinations and will be used exclusively by Lufthansa. It will be compatible with Airbus A380 operations and should increase the passenger capacity by six million.

For more information please see the Agenda.

Airport Research Center was choosen to conduct a simulation study for Bergen Airport, Norway.

Bergen Airport is undergoing a comprehensive expansion program where a major focus is on the upgrade of existing terminal facilities as well as the construction of the new terminal 3.

As the masterplan and design concepts have been finalized, airport operator Avinor chose Airport Research Center GmbH to conduct a passenger simulation study for the validation of “proof-of-concept”,  including both the layout and the development stages. The simulation shall test the terminal facilities under the peak situation and conditions of a typical busy day in the future representing the target capacities of 6.5, 7.5 and 10 MPPA of the airport terminal.

Airport Research Center GmbH has completed a simulation study of the check-in area at Copenhagen Airport.

Copenhagen Airport is planning modifications to the international check-in area within the next years. These modifications aim to improve the passenger flow for passengers arriving by train and all passengers leaving the baggage reclaim area. Furthermore the area connecting Terminal 3 and Terminal 2 shall be expanded to offer more flow space and some more check-in capacity using automated bag drop machines.

Airport Reserach Center set up a detailed CAST Terminal Model and simulated different layout alternatives in combination with different check-in allocation scenarios.

Possible bottlenecks as well as possible ‘dead areas’ were identified and the drawbacks and advantages of the different solutions could be shown to find the most suitable and future proof one. Comparing the results of the scenario simulations with the results from the baseline simulation the effect of the terminal modification could be described. This description was a significant contributor to the decision on final layout and timing of the individual elements.

For more information please see the project report.

Due to the planned modernisation and partly reconstruction of the terminal building at Hannover Airport, parts of the terminal need to be temporary closed for operations. As consequence all flights have to be handled in the remaining terminal area.

Airport Research Center was asked to conduct a feasibility study including a new allocation of remaining check-in facilities, stands and gate lounges for this situation as well as a CAST Terminal simulation to verify the level of service.

At the AIRDEV Conference Dr. Miguel Mujica Mota from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona gave a presentation on Fast Time Simulation with CAST. The AIRDEV Conference Series gathered academics and professionals from the air transport sector. The conference was held in Lisbon, Portugal, 19-20 April, 2012.

The organizers welcomed 60 participants from 11 countries to a memorable conference. At University of Barcelona CAST Airport Simulation is used within courses at the Bachelor and Masters level for the program in Aeronautical Management.

More information on AIRDEV on: http://www.airdev.info

The Airport Research Center GmbH (ARC) exhibits at this year's Passenger Terminal EXPO in Vienna, Austria, 18-20 April 2012, Stand 5050.

Here we will present our planning and consulting services and also demonstrate the latest developments and features of our multi agent airport simulation software CAST.

Furthermore, our airport planning&design department will present our new innovative concept in respect to modular architecture for airport terminals: Low Cost, High Quality Terminal, which already was implemented for the new terminal building in Charkov.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Vienna at our booth no. 5050.

In the scope of a series of expension at Trondheim Airport Vaernes, Airport Reserach Center has been contracted to perform a simulation study of the new check-in hall layout including a newly designed security screening area.

The planned layout provides different check-in facilities, including dedicated and Common Use Self Service (CUSS) Check-In Kiosks, common use Self Service Bag Drops (SSBD), and different dedicated manned check-in counters.

The simulation study shall validate the intended re-design and identify any possible bottlenecks. In addition, the project shall give recommendations for potential layout improvements and thus support the optimisation of the layout before the construction has started.

For more information please see the detailed project report.

In the framework of the Master Plan of Oslo Airport one important issue are the de-icing operations. Due to the climate conditions at OSL de-icing operations play an important role on many days of the year. To guarantee a defined quality of the de-icing operations therefore is of major relevance for the overall operational quality of the airport.

In order to provide a general quality assessment of the planned configuration a CAST Aircraft simulation study focussing on the de-icing operations has been made.

Starting  with an baseline model approved by OSL-experts several future scenarios have been simulated and evaluated. An important part of the success is based on the powerful and flexible traffic management and control functionalities of CAST, which allowed a detailed and correct simulation of the processes at OSL. Besides detailed quantitative results the visualisation has been highly appreciated.

For more information please see the project report.

 

The Airport Research Center (ARC) exhibits at the Airport Exchange 2011 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 26-28 November 2011.

This years exhibition highlights are:

  • The latest software developments of CAST Terminal, CAST Aircraft and CAST Vehicle
  • Case studies and sample projects on CAST terminal and airside simulation: terminal and airside development validation, de-icing scenarios, security process design, capacity investigations, resource allocation, equipment planning...
  • Concept of the Low Cost High Quality Terminal (presented based on the successfully realised terminal project of Kharkov Airport)


We are looking forward to meeting you in Abu Dhabi at our stand no. 46.

Find more information about the exhibition and conference at  airport-exchange.com

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Due to the increased demand on traffic, Prague Airport intents to build a third runway within the next years.

In order to get a reliable baseline for several decisions in this context Airport Research Center GmbH was contracted to do an extensive evaluation of safety, capacity and operational efficiency. For the investigation ARC's own 3D CAST simulation software is used. The simulation includes analysises of all possible runway operating modes considering multiple parameters reflecting e.g. low visibility procedures.

After an extensive evaluation phase of different airport simulation tools, available on the market, INFRAERO selected ARC’s high-performance 3D fast time simulation software system CAST for all airport processes.

INFRAERO operates Brazil's main commercial airports, e.g. Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo. Looking towards the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games 2016, the Brazilian airports have to anticipate an immense increase in passenger numbers. To be able to handle this increase, INFRAERO wisely selected CAST Terminal, CAST Vehicle and CAST Aircraft to aid and support them in accomplishing their goals.

ARC also provided INFRAEROs simulation staff with a two week in-depth training course to guarantee a smooth integration of CAST.

The new terminal for the existing Charkov International Airport, which was opened for operations in November 2010, was developed from an Airport Research Center’s modular pallet capable to offer clients a cost efficient Low Cost High Quality Terminal.

The terminal was designed to cope with a passenger peak volume of 600 Pax/h, consisting of 400 international and 200 domestic passengers. A second terminal, which shall be build at a later stage, will be added through a similar construction, accommodating a further combined passenger volume peak of up to 1200 Pax/h, consisting of 800 international and 400 domestic passengers.

Modular terminal development is not only attractive for small to medium size airports due to its cost efficient terminal, but also due to the effortless understanding of the modular assembly of all relevant terminal components, which constantly presents the client with an up-to-date investment costs estimate for a specific terminal. Here the client may vary between modules up to the point of applying for a construction permit.

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Airport Research Center’s modular pallet is not only used to optimise the functional aspects and planning phases of any proposed terminal, but offers a terminal that is sustainable in its design and in its functional layout. The client is able to choose a terminal module or combination of modules to create a Low Cost High Quality Terminal whilst taking into consideration all relevant design and financial issues which might be important.

Construction of the new terminal in Charkov was accomplish whilst employing local companies and products, and realised in close conjunction with qualified local engineers and architects. Optimising the terminal layout throughout all design phases via Airport Research Center’s CAST-Terminal simulation software, which was applied to validate any functional layouts of the terminal, offering the city of Charkov a Low Cost High Quality Terminal.

For more information please see the corresponding project.

 

Dubai International Airport, the largest and busiest hub in Middle East, is the next major customer relying on the innovative passenger simulation system CAST Terminal.

news_dubai_240pxIn the course of a further extension to the terminal areas and departure concourses at Dubai International Airport, the Airport Research Center has been awarded to support the airport with the passenger and pedestrian simulation CAST Terminal. The baseline simulation model was set up and calibrated by the simulation experts of the Airport Research Center to guarantee a realistic representation of Dubai's Terminal 1, 2 and 3. On this basis further terminal plannings will be evaluated by Dubai's own simulation experts.

Michael Laubrock is invited as speaker at the Trafficday 2011 of the University of Applied Sciences Munster on March 1st, 2011.

The Trafficday of the University of Applied Sciences Munster offers several lectures and workshops regarding up-to-date traffic topics. It focuses on the combination of theory and practical experience. The discussion of current traffic topics among all participants is fundamental for the exchange of experiences, opinions and future visions. The trafficday is also a favorable opportunity to get in touch with the traffic engineering students.

Michael Laubrock of ARC will give a lecture on Pedestrian and Traffic Simulation with the help of ARC´s powerful fast time simulation system CAST. His speech will deal with the support of the planning process and the optimisation of operations for complex traffic systems. Based on an introduction to simulation the theory will be enriched by example projects including their results and recommendations, that are possible by using simulation software.

The Airport Research Center GmbH has been commissioned in a pilot project for simulating and evaluating the future Skylink Terminal of Vienna International Airport.

The new Skylink Terminal is the largest project in the history of Vienna International Airport to date. This expansion is necessary in order provide sufficient capacity to handle the constantly growing passenger volume and ensure continued compliance with international quality standards and the regulatory provisions regarding the separation of Schengen and Non-Schengen operations as well as arriving and departing passengers. Offering three levels with various vertical transitions short distances and quick transfers are possible. This will ensure minimum connecting times of only about 25 minutes.

Together with Heiko Roßnagel and Jan Zibuschka from Fraunhofer IAO, Olaf Junker from Airport Research Center wrote a paper about agent-based simulation for evaluation of a mobile emergency management system.

cologne_main_station_smallJan Zibuschka will present the paper at 16th Americas Conference on Information Systems, August 12-15 in Lima, Peru.

Title:
Roßnagel, H., Zibuschka, J. and Junker, O. (2010), Agent-Based Simulation for Evaluation of a Mobile Emergency Management System.

Abstract:
Large public events such as sporting events, concerts, fairs and street festivals are quite common in metropolitan areas. Because of the high frequency of such events and the increasing number of involved parties, the stakeholders responsible for the organization and execution have to cope with increasing complexity and shortening time frames for planning and preparation. Especially in public transportation, unplanned incidents that occur during these events can have devastating effects because of the high concentration of passengers. Emergency management systems that utilize mobile communication infrastructures can provide prompt information delivery to save human lives. In this contribution we propose a system design for mobile emergency management. We also present an evaluating approach for this system design using a multi-agent based simulation, based on empirical data for a particular large event as well as for normal rush hour traffic. We also consider characteristics of the mobile communication infrastructure.

Please find the paper here

Find more information at www.amcis2010.org

Within the scope of the master program Civil Engineering, Michael Laubrock, Managing Partner at the Airport Research Center GmbH, will lecture at Muenster University of Applied Sciences.
The lecture's topic is "CAST - simulationbased optimization of airport processes and planning" and is hold on May 6 and May 20, 2010.

Mr. Laubrock will talk about the applications CAST Vehicle and CAST Terminal.

The main focus lies on:

  • process optimization airport
  • vehicle simulation and ground handling simulation
  • passenger simulation/ pedestrian simulation
  • pedestrian flow management
  • queueing theory
  • logistic on airports  
  • simulation software in general

Olaf Junker from Airport Research Center is giving a speech at the ISCRAM (Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management) 2010 at Crown Plaza Hotel, Seattle WA , May 2-5.

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Evaluation of a Mobile Emergency Management System – A Simulation Approach
Heiko Roßnagel, Olaf Junker

Abstract:
Large public events such as sporting events, concerts, fairs and street festivals are quite common in metropolitan areas. Because of the high frequency of such events and the increasing number of involved parties, those being responsible for the organization and execution have to cope with increasing complexity and shortening time frames for planning and preperation. Because of the high concentration of passengers, unplanned incidents that occur during these public events can have devastating effects and can lead to crises and disasters. Emergency management systems that utilize mobile communication infrastructures can provide prompt information delivery to save human lives. In this paper we propose a system design for mobile emergency management and outline our approach of evaluating this system design using multi-agent based simulation. To make our simulation of passenger movements as realistic as possible we gathered empirical data for a large event as well as for normal rush hour traffic.

Find more information at: www.iscram.org

After several years of planning and construction we compliment Berlin Brandenburg International Airport BBI on the topping-out ceremony for the Central Terminal Building.

As one of the planning partners we are happy to attend this event on May 7th, 2010.

The Airport Research Center GmbH (ARC) exhibits at this year's Passenger Terminal EXPO in Brussels, Belgium, 23-25 March 2010.

ARC will show the latest developments of the airport simulation CAST. Besides the established module CAST Terminal (Simulation of passenger terminals) the modules CAST Vehicle and CAST Aircraft complete the software package to become a total airport simulation.

At the conference of the Passenger Terminal EXPO Uta Kohse will give a presentation on Enhanced security process design supported by simulation on 25 March 2010 at 12:15- 12:40. For an example of a CAST simulation project you should attend the presentation of Fraport and Delhi International Airport on Capacity simulation for Delhi Airport’s new Terminal 3 on 24 March 2010 at 16:30-17:00.

 

We are looking forward to meeting you in Brussels at our booth no. 3070.

Find more information at: www.passengerterminal-expo.com

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Together with Ralph Majer from Vitracom AG, Olaf Junker from Airport Research Center participates and presents at the Fifth International Conference on Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics (PED 2010), March 8-10, 2010 at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD, USA. He gives a presentation about real-time video analysis of pedestrians to support agent simulation of people behavior.

Presentation title:
Real-time video analysis of pedestrians to support agent simulation of people behavior
Olaf Junker, Verena Strauss, Ralph Majer, and Norbert Link

Abstract:
Online simulation coupled with real-time measurements of pedestrians in public buildings is a novel application which can be used to increase the security and safety of pedestrians within those buildings. To receive realistic forecasts it is necessary to update the simulation constantly against reality. The real-time video analysis can thereby support the simulation with the necessary data. This proposed system is largely supported by the state observer of the control theory. Within a laboratory one room model pedestrian behavior is monitored and analyzed by video cameras. Evolving data is subsequently provided for the simulation where flow rates are additionally recorded. Thus, two resulting passenger flow rates are available which can be compared by the simulation controller. The actuators, receiving information from the controller, can afterwards trigger an appropriate action. Two different actuators have been realized in the model in order to bring the simulation passenger flow closer to the observed passenger rates: the velocity controller adjusts the walking speed of the passengers and the flow generator actuator has the ability to match the passenger generation rate.
Results show that the simulation passenger flow curve converges to the real passenger flow. As expected, the simulation curve follows the real passenger rate with a certain delay. Nevertheless, the simulation model appears to reflect the behavior of the persons in an appropriate way. Further investigations will show which additional instruments can be used to refine the simulation actor behavior.

Find more information at: www.bfrl.nist.gov/info/PED2010 

Due to the amendment of aircraft noise act in 2008, new noise protection areas need to be evaluated at most airports in Germany. To calculate those, airports had to provide the necessary data to the respective State Governments of Germany. news_02_10_zqw_prognosis_smallIn this context the Airport Research Center GmbH (ARC) was assigned by Zweibruecken (ZQW) and Salzburg (SZG) Airport to get a picture of the current flight movement status (ordered by aircraft AzB classes) and to derive a forecast for the year 2020 in the background of economic and socio-demographic as well as airport specific parameters. (Even though Salzburg airport is not part of Germany it needs to follow the new noise act since the Austrian Government signed a treaty with the German Government in 1974 due to the closeness of the airport to the German-Austrian border.) By using its highly sophisticated Airport Choice Model ARC provided the necessary data about the flight movements within the airports’ six most congested months and a flight plan with additional information about certain airline segments and the flight time for the year 2020. From this data a Datenerfassungssystem (DES) (Data Acquisition System) will be derived whereof the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development will be able to calculate noise curves and noise protection zones.

 

china-airport2ARC has been invited to participate on the 1st China Airport Check-In Summit 2009 held at Pullman Guangzhou Baiyun Airport, on October 22-23, 2009.

Uta Kohse will give a presentation about the benefits using simulation to test and optimise innovative check-in concepts with the CAST Terminal simulation system. The presentation deals with two case studies which demonstrate how the simulation supports the decision making process for reorganisation of the layout and the check-in processes.

The event is supported by the Civil Aviation Administration of China, the China Civil Airports Association and the China Air Transport Association.

Download the presentation in English or Chinese.


Read more about the event

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In the framework of the research project VeRSiert the pedestrian simulation CAST is used to analyse the impact of major events on existing infrastructure buildings. With the help of the multi agent simulation each person's interaction with other persons and building geometries can be simulated.

The simulation is used to analyse different strategies how to optimise the passenger flows and evacuation times.

The internet tv channel "Ideen zünden TV" of the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung presented the VeRSiert project in one of the latest shows. The video shows the simulation of the pedestrian flows at Cologne main station.

Follow this link to see the video.

 

VeRSiert is a research and development project financed by the BMBF for a working period of three years with the purpose to increase safety for the civil population within transportation infrastructure. Consortium managers are Nahverkehr Rheinland GmbH (NVR GmbH) in close cooperation with Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg GmbH (VRS GmbH). The VDI Technologiezentrum acts as body responsible for the project.

Airport Research Center is part of the research consortium to simulate the cologne railway station and the metro station at cologne football stadium (Rhein Energie Stadion) within predefined risk scenarios. The R&D project will generate new communication channels, in order to enhance safety strategies in case of emergencies. These will be evaluated by the Airport Research Center with the help of its simulation tool CAST.

To receive further information about the project, please visit the following web site:
http://www.versiert.info/aktuelles/start.htm

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The study about the Impact of the Directive 96/67/EC carried out by the Airport Research Center GmbH was published last week by the European Commission. It can be found under the following link:


http://ec.europa.eu/transport/air/airports/ground_handling_market_en.htm

(direct link: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/air/studies/doc/airports/2009_02_ground_handling.pdf)

In cooperation with MVV Consult the Airport Research Center was dedicated by the European Commission to evaluate the impacts of the Directive 96/67/EC on access to ground handling markets at Community airports.

 

news_04-09_pmi_1_smallTogether with several European airports, Eurocontrol Experimental Centre (EEC) works on the concept, development and implementation of Airport Operation Plan (AOP) and Collaborative Decision Making (CDM). Within this framework, the Airport Research Center (ARC) has been involved to prove and quantify the benefits for ATC, airports, airlines, ground handling service providers, passengers and the environment. More punctuality, better utilisation of resources and improved overall efficiency can be reached through mutual sharing of information. Based on an integrated simulation (Total Airport Simulation) of all processes and information flows at an airport, the potential gain for different concepts will be determined.

This approach has been applied to the project airport Palma de Mallorca (PMI). PMI/LEPA, managed by AENA, which is with about 22 million passengers / 200.000 movements per year the third busiest airport of Spain.

In order to provide the required simulation technology, EEC and ARC have extended the CAST terminal and airside simulation system to a fully integrated airport simulator (Total Airport Simulation). For the first time all terminal processes, aircraft traffic and ground handling procedures are linked dynamically. Not only the movement of passengers, aircraft, and ground handling equipment is simulated, but also the flow of information between all actors is considered.

In addition to providing a full model of the airport infrastructure, allocation modules were also an essential part of the project. Various resource allocations, e.g. for taxi routing, stands, gates, ground-handling, check-in or baggage belts, build the backbone of the control of the airport and have to cope with the highly dynamic demand.

Results:

After the CAST airport model of PMI was set up, test scenarios were investigated and the results were discussed and validated by an expert group from PMI. Key performance parameters (KPI), representing the efficiency of operations, the economic performance and the general quality were defined considering the individual goals of different stakeholders.

Several scenarios e.g. for reallocation of late or early aircraft with different behaviour and quality of communication of the airport’s stakeholders were set up and the impact on landside and airside as well as on passengers were shown as a result.

news_04-09_pmi_2_smallWithin the project the CAST Simulation Software has been used as a Total Airport Simulator and has reached a new level of possibilities to support aviation industry in its endeavour to develop concepts for improving punctuality and to achieve better efficiency. In addition to extensive evaluation capabilities, the 3D virtual airport environment animation enabled the stakeholders to understand the system and give meaningful presentations of the results.

Besides the application on the strategic level the software can be used on a tactical and operational level in order to provide essential information for an improved airport management and support the control of the system.

CAST Vehicle Traffic Simulation - Practical application of 3D modelling technology

Airport Research Center's latest simulation tool CAST Vehicle Traffic will be presented in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) at this year's MATHMOD in Vienna, Austria from 11th to 13th February 2009.

The Airport Research Center (ARC) will be part of the "Workgroup Passenger Flow Simulation" at 23-24 October 2008 in Zurich. ARC will held a presentation at the convention about the latest development of "CASTTotal Airport Simulation".

The Airport Research Center (ARC) exhibits at the Airport Exchange 2008 in Berlin, Germany, 27-29 October 2008. This years exhibition highlights are:

  • the latest software release CAST Vehicle (Simulation of Ground Handling Traffic)
  • comprehensive simulation of all airport processes (terminal and airside)
  • airport masterplanning (BBI, DUS, AER, HRK)
  • latest developments and enhancements of the state of the art airport terminal and pedestrian simulation CAST Terminal

We are looking forward to meeting you in Berlin at our stand no.105.

Find more information about the exhibition and conference at  airport-exchange.com

 

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research nominated the joint research project ALOHA as "Project of the Month". ALOHA (Aircraft Design for Low Cost Ground Handling) analyses the possibilities to reduce the costs of aircraft ground handling.

The project is conducted by Prof. Dr. Dieter Scholz and completed by the project partner Airbus, Hamburg Airport and Airport Research Center.

Find more information here.

 

In mid of July 2008 ARC finalised the CAST Vehicle development on behalf of Fraport AG and Fraunhofer IML (Institute for material flow and logistics).

The software is another module of the CAST fast time simulation family and provides the full scope for vehicle and ground handling simulation. As for all other CAST modules the development was based on the user requirements and easy and efficient use was a guideline for the development. A world wide unique scope of functionalities takes the quality of planning and optimisation to a new level.  

cast-airsidetr-ag-logos Fields of application
Airports:
- Plan Infrastructure
- Compare layouts
- Plan construction measures
- Predict future bottle necks (next year, next week)
- Speed up planning and decision process  

CAST Vehicle

Airlines / Ground handling companies
- Plan operations
- Check new procedures
- Calculate costs of operations
- Determine required equipment
- Detemine and evaluate staff planning
- Predict future resource demand

CAST Vehicle may be used as a stand alone tool or in combination with other CAST modules (Terminal / Aircraft / Tower / Pedestrian).     

CAST Vehicle description:

CAST Vehicle is a simulation of vehicle based traffic and logistic processes and provides special functions for modelling and evaluating airside ground handling traffic.  

CAST Vehicle enables the rapid evaluation of layout concepts and operational strategies, for example: 

CAST Vehicle

·    Identify demand of new infrastructure
·    Compare layout alternatives
·    Identify bottlenecks
·    Analyse the effect of construction sites
·    Assess a system's capacity
·    Plan resources and optimise operational concepts
·    Develop, test, and set-up operational systems

The superordinate aim is to constantly reduce the cost of infrastructure and operations, guarantee safe operations, and reduce negative environmental impact. Baseline for the vehicle simulation is a 3D model of the airside infrastructure including: 

·    Aircraft stands
·    Apron areas
·    Vehicle roads
·    Depot and parking areas
·    Aircraft taxiways and their intersections with vehicle roads
·    Push back areas 

CAST Vehicle

Furthermore, representations of components providing data and control systems such as an airport database and dispatching centres of the individual ground handlers are included. CAST Vehicle incorporates a sophisticated schedule-based dynamic traffic generation that takes into account flight load information (e.g. passenger baggage and cargo), as well as individual ground handler responsibilities and their dispatching strategies. A detailed 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

The software 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 while obeying the respective traffic rules. CAST Vehicle considers ground handling traffic between different stands and depots. Aircraft traffic provides the basic traffic load and is included by using on-block and off-block times that mainly trigger the ground handling process. 

CAST Vehicle

Different performance indicators can be logged for extensive analysis and - via simulation-synchronic animation and in-run analysis functionalities such as graphs or colour coding - can already be assessed during the simulation run.

In summary, CAST Vehicle is characterised by:

·    Quick and easy modelling of airport airside traffic systems
·    Integral environment: modelling, editing, simulating, and evaluating of scenarios is performed in the same virtual environment
·    Several analysis features for in-run feedback (graphs, color coding, labelling) and detailed post-processing
·    Import and editing functionalities for rapid scenario set-up
·    Flexible road network concept that allows easy modelling of network layouts with multiple lanes and complex junctions
·    Generation of traffic based on 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

 

 

 

In cooperation with MVV Consult the Airport Research Center is dedicated by the European Commission to evaluate the impacts of the Directive 96/67/EC on access to ground handling markets at Community airports.

The aim is to update the previous study on this topic completed in 2002 and additionally focus on the new member states, which came under the Directive in 2004 and have seen major changes since then. The study will therefore analyse the impact on airports, airlines and ground handling companies and their employees.

Methodically the study is based on surveys (internet questionnaire and on-site interviews) of the involved stakeholders in the European ground handling market. To analyse the impacts of the Directive 96/67/EC since its introduction in 1996 the study covers the time between 1996 and 2007. In respect to the ground handling markets in the new member states of the EU, the period between 2004 and 2007 is considered.

The Airport Research Center GmbH (ARC)exhibits at this years Passenger Terminal EXPO in Amsterdam, Netherlands, 15-17 April 2008. It is the fifth time ARC is part of this yearly exhibition.

ARC will demonstrate how to supplement the leading airport simulation software "CAST Terminal" with new modules for aircraft traffic, ground handling and vehicle traffic. Integrating the new modules with an automated resource allocation enables CAST to become a total airport simulation.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Amsterdam at our booth no. 0630. 

In mid of October ARC finalised the third work package of the joint CAST development in the frame of the CDM activities of Eurocontrol Experimental Centre.

The aim is to provide an integrated Airport Simulation Environment, covering all parts and processes of an airport - terminal as well as airside. In order to reach this the CAST modules for the simulation of passenger, ground handling vehicles and aircraft are connected (Total airport simulation).

Besides providing a full model of the airport infrastructure especially allocation modules were an essential part of the development. Various resource allocations, e.g. for taxi routing, stands, gates, check-in or baggage belts build the backbone of the control of every airport and have to cope with the highly dynamic demand.

A dynamic communication layer has been integrated into CAST in order to investigate the influence of standardised CDM messages. This component offers a complete new range of applications and will help to identify the most cost reducing investments.

All developments will be available for the CAST customer community and may be requested according to the specific requirements. Especially the application of resource allocation can speed up simulation work significantly and has a short return of investment.

In short:

  • Joint CAST development of Eurocontrol and ARC
  • Connection of modules: passenger simulation, airside vehicle simulation, aircraft process simulation.
  • Full dynamic simulation, dynamic gate allocation, dynamic routing of aircraft, ground handling and passenger operations.
  • New CAST layer for simulation of communication: Events trigger information – information triggers actions.
  • Modules available to CAST customers.

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Keywords: Pedestrian simulation, airport simulation, vehicle simulation, traffic simulation , apron simulation, aircraft simulation, process simulation, CDM, collaborative decision making, gate allocation, routing, airport, process optimisation

Airport Research Center GmbH (ARC)has been invited to present CAST on the Modsim Conference and Exhibition in Virginia Beach, USA. Michael Laubrock (Managing Partner, ARC) gave a presentation of ARC's  joint activities with EUROCONTROL on integrated simulation of the whole airport system (Total Airport Simulation) including all passenger, vehicle and aircraft operations. One part was the unique integration of allocation, disposition and communication functionalities into a fast time simulation in order to provide dynamic interaction between all components. Besides the technical scope of the CAST Total Airport Simulation  the application on airports as important part of the intermodal transport chains in Europe was presented. 

In the following podium discussion with chairman Dr. Lee Beech (Executive Director of Hampton Roads Research Partnership),  Prof. Dr. Antoine Hobeika (Virginia Tech) and Dr.Mary Lynn Tischer, (Director of Commonwealth's Multimodal Transportation Planning Office) the differences and specialties of the European and American strategies on long term development of the transportation system were discussed. It was stated that simulation is an important methodology to support the understanding of  the interdependencies of complex traffic systems.
Please find more information on the MODSIM World Conference and Expo 2007 on the internet:
http://ww.modsimworld.com

If you would like to receive a copy of Michael Laubrock's presentation, please send an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Airport Research Center's new simulation tool CAST Airside Vehicle Operations will be exibited by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) at this year's transport logistic in Munich, Germany from 12th to 15th June 2007.

At this exhibition the software will be presented under its original project name CAST VVS (CAST Vorfeldverkehrssimulator).

The transport logistic is the leading exhibition for the transport and logistics industry, with more then 1570 exhibitors from 58 countries in this year.

CAST Airside Vehicle Operations is a microscopic multi-agent simulation of airside ground traffic, developed for the Fraport AG and the IML. For further information on CAST Airside Vehicle Operations please visit Projects / CAST Airside.

The Airport Research Center announces an upcoming event in Aachen, Germany:
"AAC - AACHEN AVIATION CONVENTION" (11th-13th of June, Aachen)

Aachen Aviation Convention 2007

 

 

The Aachen Aviation Convention is organised by the University of Aachen (RWTH), the German Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics (DGLR) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Several international speakers will talk about aviation policy, industry, research and development.

The Airport Research Center is one of the sponsors of the event and will be present with a booth to demonstrate some of the new simulation features and projects. Additionally, Michael Laubrock, one of the ARC's managing partners, will give a presentation about "Total Airport Simulation". We will be pleased to arrange for a specific meeting with you at this event. If you are interested, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Click here to view the conference programme. To get additional information and to register please visit the web page: www.aachen-aviation-convention.com.

With regard to future expansion plans the newly inaugurated Ryanair Base Airport Weeze (Germany) awarded Airport Research Center and Karl-Friedrich Müller (Aviation Consultant) to work out a forecast for future passenger volume and flight movements. To assist the airport authority in its planning process ARC uses its airport choice model to provide the airport with reliable data for the years 2010 and 2020. The applied airport choice model was developed by ARC and enables the analysis of passengers' choice and airport competition effects.

Uta Kohse of the Airport Research Center held a presentation at the conference of this year's Passenger Terminal EXPO 2007 in Barcelona on the following topic:

“Planning passenger terminals for the future - what will the requirements be in 2020?”
Simulation of Future Passenger Handling Concepts considering the ACARE Scenarios 2020
Barcelona, 27th March 2007 

On behalf of EUROCONTROL, the ARC conducted a research project dealing with the passenger handling processes of the future. Aviation stakeholders were interviewed about their visions of the future under three different world scenarios. Applying these visions to a reference airport terminal, changes in passenger handling processes by means of advanced technologies and concepts have been simulated using the multi-agent 3D passenger simulation tool CAST. Within this scope the consequences of self-service and online check-in, advanced security scanning technologies, automated border control, and advanced intermodal transport were investigated.  

Click here to download a pdf-version of the presentation.

The Airport Research Center exhibits at this years Passenger Terminal EXPO in Barcelona, Spain, 27-29 March 2007. It is the fourth time ARC is part of this yearly exhibition. The exhibition highlights of this years are:

  • the latest software release CAST AirsideTraffic
  • retail simulation within CAST Terminal
  • simulating future check-in processes and innovative security controls 

We are looking forward to meeting you in Barcelona at our stand no. 1822.

Together with several european airports Eurocontrol Experimental Centre (EEC) works on the concept, development and implementation of Airport Operation Plan (AOP) and Collaborative Decision Making (CDM). Within this frame the Airport Research Center (ARC) has been contracted to prove and quantify the benefits for ATC, airport, airlines, passenger and environment. More punctuality, better utilisation of resources and improved overall efficiency can be reached by a common information sharing. Based on an integrated simulation (CAST Airport Simulation) of all processes and information flows on an airport the potential gain for different concepts will be determined.

This approach may be applied to any airport and will provide reliable information to speed up decision processes and implement CDM. In order to provide the required simulation technology EEC and ARC in a joint venture extend the CAST terminal and airside simulation system to a full integrated airport simulator. For the first time all terminal processes, aircraft traffic and ground handling procedures are linked dynamically. Not only the movement of passengers and aircraft are simulated but also the flow of information between all actors is considered. Consequently the CAST Simulation Software reaches a new level of capabilities to support aviation industry in the endeavour to develop concepts for more punctuality and highest efficiency. Besides extensive evaluation capabilities the 3D virtual airport environment animation enables to understand the system and give meaningful presentations of the results.

Find more information about CAST Terminal  at Products / CAST Terminal and
CAST Airside Traffic
at Products / CAST Airside Traffic

In the course of a further extension to the terminal area at Hamburg Airport the Airport Research Center was selected to support the airport with the passenger and pedestrian simulation CAST Terminal. An extensive basic data collection will be included to guarantee a realistic and calibrated simulation model. On this basis further terminal plannings will be evaluated.
The Airport Research Center is authorised to optimise the existing baggage handling system of Dusseldorf International Airport. Therefore different concepts of expansion and modification are worked out to guarantee future-proof operating procedures.

The Airport Research Center GmbH is simulating and evaluating the planned retail facilities of Germany's new capital airport Berlin Brandenburg International (BBI).

The FBS (Flughafen Berlin Schönefeld GmbH), responsible for the planning of the new airport, wants to get a comprehensive overview of the impact of different design studies on the layout of the future retail facilities in the passenger terminal. Key parameters are the attractiveness and accessibility of different locations within the terminal in relation to the passenger flow, and - mainly - to point out the layout with the highest potential of generating income.

The siumlation will be conducted with ARC's own CAST Terminal

The DFS (Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH) awards a follow-up order to the Airport Research Center GmbH to continue the analysis of the new ATC tower for Frankfurt International Airport. It includes the 3D visualisation of the planned tower to estimate its architectural influence on the airport.

The Airport Research Center GmbH proceeds in escorting the development of Germany's new capital airport Berlin Brandenburg International (BBI). After several activities in the past and especially in the last very active months (see also Master Plan BBI ), the Airport Research Center has been chosen to set up the operational concept for the evolving airport. This operational concept is on the one hand supposed to be the base for the upcoming implementation planning in all areas of the airport. On the other hand it is targeted to act as an operating manual after the opening of the airport, scheduled for 2011.

Irelands capital airport, Dublin Airport, is the next customer for CAST Terminal, the comprehensive simulation for passenger flow in passenger terminals.

To find out more about the powerful multi agent pedestrian simulation click on Products / CAST Terminal.

After the success of recent years, the Airport Research Center GmbH will again be hosting a booth at the annual Passenger Terminal EXPO 2006, this time taking place in Paris at the exhibition center Paris North Villepinte.

Besides the usual display of the wide range of services for the aviation industry, visitors will have the opportunity to have a look at the latest progress in software development, especially all the news on CAST, the comprehensive airport simulation system.

Visit us at booth 5202 at the Passenger Terminal EXPO 2006 in Paris.

Fraport, operator of Germany’s largest and busiest hub Frankfurt Airport, is the next big customer relying on the innovative passenger simulation CAST Terminal.

In a research project financially supported by the European Union, the Airport Research Center GmbH already built a detailed model of Frankfurt’s Terminal 2. After successfully validating this model, Fraport decided on CAST Terminal to be the future-proof choice for their in-house simulation team.The ARC will now be setting up the complete terminal arrangement of Frankfurt to deliver Fraport a complete simulation package.

To find out more about the powerful multi agent passenger simulation click on Products / CAST Terminal.

Hannover Airport, Germany will be re-organising its terminal facilities. The Airport Research Center GmbH now is conducting extensive simulation expertise on the new terminal plans within CAST Terminal.

The Airport Research Center GmbH has been awarded the contract for developing the new airside traffic simulator for Fraport AG, the operator of Frankurt Rhein/Main Airport - and IML, a division of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft for research on material flow and logistics.

The new simulation is developed as an application for CAST, the modular fast time simulation system for airport traffic and processes. For further information on CAST please visit Products / CAST and to find more information about the development of the airside simulator for Fraport visit Projects / Fraport Airside Sim

The Airport Research Center GmbH is conducting simulation analyses on the planned terminal expansions of Dortmund Airport, Germany. The airport wants to increase its handling capacities to cope with the expected increase of passenger traffic in the next years, mainly invoked by the attraction of budget airlines like easyJet or Air Berlin.

The study will be undertaken with help of ARC’s simulation system CAST Terminal.

To find out more about the powerful multi agent pedestrian simulation click on Products / CAST Terminal.

The Airport Research Center GmbH simulates the new planned terminal for Germany’s upcoming capital airport BBI (Berlin Brandenburg International, Germany) with CAST Terminal.

The simulations will be conducted in close co-operation with pg bbi, the architectural planner of the terminal, to speed up the planning process.

pg bbi is a consortium of J.S.K. International Architekten und Ingenieure GmbH, gmp Generalplanungsgesellschaft mbH and IGK-IGR Ingenieurgesellschaft Kruck mbH (all Berlin, Germany).

To find out more about the powerful multi agent pedestrian simulation click on Products / CAST Terminal.

On behalf of DORSCH Consult the Airport Research Center GmbH is conducting simulation expertise on the airside traffic at Khartoum’s new international airport (KNIA), scheduled to open in 2010.
As the plans for Germany’s capital airport in Berlin, Berlin Brandenburg International (BBI) become more and more reality, a deeper look at the functionality of the planned airside infrastructure (i.e. aprons, taxilanes and taxiways) is needed.

The Airport Research Center GmbH is conducting extensive simulation expertises on this matter to validate the currently planned airside layout. The contracted is awarded by DORSCH Consult, who are responsible for the airside planning of BBI.

Vilnius International Airport, Lithuania, is the second customer for CAST Terminal. The capital airport of Lithuania is planning terminal extensions and CAST Terminal will help to analyse possible design errors before the construction begins.Vilnius International Airport will receive one on-site license together with a simulation model of the current state of planning for the terminal.

To find out more about the powerful multi agent passenger simulation click on Products / CAST Terminal.

The Airport Research Center GmbH has been contracted by the Flughafen Berlin-Schönefeld GmbH (FBS), Germany, to set up the master plan for Berlin’s new single airport Berlin Brandenburg International (BBI), scheduled to open in 2011.

This major piece of work will incorporate information on the future land use at BBI with detailed specification on the location and amount of all necessary infrastructure elements and services of the airport.

Additionally a set of scenario flight schedules will be developed, which will be the base for all future planning decisions.
The Ministerium für Bauen und Verkehr des Landes Nordrhein Westfalen (Ministry for Building and Traffic in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany) purchases Obstacle Surface Planner (OSP), the software solution for the analysis and simulation of obstacle constrains in an airport’s surrounding.

Included in the contract is also the set up of geographically exact models of 12 airports in North Rhine-Westphalia.

On behalf of Eurocontrol, the Airport Research Center conducted Europe`s most extensive study in order to examine and analyse the benefit of the application of a Departure Manager (DMAN).

Based on real traffic data and considering the specific boundary conditions of the airports
  • Brussels-Zaventem (EBBR)
  • London-Gatwick (EGKK)London Heathrow (EGLL)
  • Madrid-Barajas (LEMD)
  • Vienna-Schwechat (LOWW)
extensive simulation runs of current and future scenarios were performed.

The investigations were conducted applying the Integrated Arrival and Departure Sequencer - IADS developed by the Airport Research Center. IADS is able to optimise interdependent arrival and departure streams for several runways.

The main result was the benefit to be expected from using DMAN-functionality, particulary for:
  • delay reduction,
  • fuel savings,
  • improved predictability of take off times and
  • improved punctuality.

Depending on the specific boundary conditions, significant improvements may be achieved. Please contact ARC for details.

Based on the concept developed together with Eurocontrol ARC now offers the AMAN - DMAN investigation service in order to identify the specific potential for every airport. This service is also provided in combination within studies on runway and airport capacity.