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.

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.

In this webinar we presented the results of a study, that was conducted by ARC on behalf of EUROCONTROL and involved major European airports like Paris Charles-de-Gaulle, London Heathrow, Stuttgart and Stockholm Arlanda Airports as well as ACI EUROPE and IATA in the provision of airport and airline perspective.

Covid-19 has an enormous impact on the aviation industry and its effects will be evident for a longer time. At ARC, we are constantly thinking about how we can support our customers, especially in times like these. Currently we are working on topics around the impact of potential Covid-19 measures on airport capacity. With CAST simulation we can analyze the possible impact along the process chains to give insight and quantify effects...

This video shows the impact of potential Covid-19 measures on airport check-in using CAST Simulation and Allocation Software. Different recommendations regarding social distance exist - this scenario assumes 2m distance in passenger queues.

Due to the current situation caused by Covid-19, many of us are affected by travel restrictions and need to work from home to prevent the virus from spreading. Thus, we will not be able to hold the announced CAST training sessions for April and May 2020 in our headquarters in Aachen. We are contacting our clients, who have booked one of the affected courses, individually to arrange a seat in a later course or to switch to a remote training option.

ARC is pleased to announce the dates for the next CAST Basic Training Courses for CAST Terminal, CAST Aircraft, CAST Vehicle, CAST Stand & Gate Allocation and CAST Express. The CAST Basic Trainings will enable the participants to understand the fundamental modelling and simulation logic of CAST and applying it in simulation studies and allocation tasks.

Fast time simulation and automated allocation have become an important methodology for supporting airport planning and optimization of operations. Using a computer model of the airport, selected processes are simulated based on the chronological proceeding of the flights at the airport. By playing through various scenarios, planning options and operational improvements can be evaluated and better decisions can be made.