This project was carried out as part of the SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) initiative, as part of the focus area “Airport Operations Management”. It focused on the development and application of a high-fidelity, human-in-the-loop simulation platform which provides a holistic view of an airport and its various operations.
Based on CAST technology ARC set-up and configured an integrated simulation platform and simulation models including airside, terminal and all related processes. By applying realistic models of major European airports and performing “exercises”, operational experts interacted with the airport model in real-time as they would do in an APOC or AOC (Airport Operational Control Center). This setup allowed to run specific scenarios like sudden capacity drops due to weather or accidents, early flights or terminal evacuations.
”The CAST tool has now been used as part of a number of simulations in collaboration with EUROCONTROL, Airbus and participating airports (LHR, CDG, MAD, BOD, TLS). The feedback from the airports during these simulations in relation to the CAST functionality is overwhelmingly positive.”
Alan Marsden, EUROCONTROL
The project showed that the CAST based real-time simulation of an APOC can be used to develop, test and validate information sharing and collaborative processes among airport stakeholders to improve the airport performance by:
The project has been carried out in behalf of EUROCONTROL in close cooperation with Airbus and Ariane Group.