After another challenging year, we are eager to see our CAST users again! Unfortunately, travel restrictions still make it difficult to meet in person. Thus, we are planning this year's CAST User Conference as webmeeting on 18th Nov 2021. Save the date in your calender now! You can look forward to interesting new CAST features, extensions and case studies, giving you ideas how to improve your simulation studies. Registration will open shortly.

ARC is pleased to announce the schedule for the CAST Training Courses planned for the second half of 2021. The trainings are meant for CAST beginners and will give the course participants an overview and understanding of the main features and workflow of the corresponding CAST module. We are offering the next trainings remote as webinar courses to make it easier for you to participate even with current travel restrictions.

This 3-day event will be the perfect opportunity for airport and aviation professionals and tech leaders to address their needs and exchange knowledge whilst forging partnerships, all to help each other bounce back from the crisis and succeed in today's newly disrupted and competitive world. You can also join online via an enhanced platform for digital content. Schedule your online meeting with us now!

Airport Research Center GmbH and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences cooperate as research partners in this project to take aircraft stand allocation to a new level. This is made possible by by applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) based data analysis methods to predict the expected schedule variance and anticipate this in stand planning. The project is being funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure via mFUND.

Together with ARC, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is implementing a CAST based solution to predict the capacity situation on the day of operation and to be able to carry out strategic and tactical planning of the airport processes. Furthermore, the system allows all stakeholders a common view on the planned capacity situation and expected demand at all terminal processes.

In a global effort to overcome the COVID crisis, many authorities around the world are currently setting up vaccination centers. ARC has therefore developed a CAST simulation model to represent all processes of such a vaccination center in a realistic 3D environment. By analyzing various scenarios and stress tests, the planned configuration of the vaccination center can be verified and optimized to avoid potential bottlenecks.

The goal of the EU funded IMHOTEP project is to develop a concept of operations and a set of data analysis methods and tools that allow information sharing, common situational awareness and real-time collaborative decision-making between airports and ground transport stakeholders.

We are pleased to announce the new CAST 8 release. With the included new features and improvements, CAST 8 will make your modelling workflow more efficient and allow you even more professional results. Download the latest release now and have a look at its highlights!

COVID-19 Testing prior to flight departures receives more and more attention. Recently, there have been several initiatives from airports and airlines to conduct COVID testing prior to flight departures. The process of testing at the point of departure is still difficult to manage on a larger scale due to the time and cost associated with evaluating reliable tests.

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted many areas of public life. CAST Simulation software products not only support the aviation industry, but can be used to test and optimize planning and operational concepts in several other areas. For example, it can help to understand and plan the impact of regulations and social distancing when it comes to (re-)opening stadiums and sports areas.