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SPADE-2
Supporting Platform for Airport Decision-making and Efficiency analysis - Phase 2

Tags: Air

Background

A major challenge in the Strategic Research Agenda for European Aeronautics is for airport utilisation to be able to accommodate rising traffic without undue delays, while preserving safety, improving efficiency and service, and reducing the burden of operations on the environment. This implies that airport stakeholders and policy-makers have to solve challenging airport decision-making questions with strong interdependencies and often conflicting objectives.

Objectives

The objective of the SPADE-2 project is to implement, test and evaluate a user-friendly decision-support system for airport stakeholders and policy-makers, based on the system design in the preceding SPADE project. This system will seamlessly integrate a set of case studies, which can be considered as airport studies in the form of decision-making questions supported by the system. As such, each case study concerns one or more specific airport decision-making questions on airport development, planning or operations, and enables trade-off analyses for a variety of measures of airport effectiveness (e.g. capacity, delay, level-of-service, safety, security, environmental impacts, and cost-efficiency). This concept enables the user to perform the analysis under consideration through ‘pre-structured’ and built-in, ‘wizard-type’ navigation aids in a single run by shielding the user from the complicated model and tool world, thus enabling the him or her to focus on the real question to be addressed.

Graphic user interface for the selection of the use case
Graphic user interface for the selection of the use case

Description of work

The implementation, testing and evaluation of the SPADE system consist of five major activities:

  1. Preparation. The results and feedback of the SPADE project are assessed so as to update and detail the activities to be performed in the SPADE-2 project.
  2. Implementation and testing of system components. The system generic components (i.e. components that are generic to the system and which may be used by different case studies) are implemented and tested.
  3. Implementation, testing and integration of case studies. Each case study is implemented and tested: its input and output interface, and its computational component. Furthermore, the implemented and tested case studies are seamlessly integrated into the SPADE system.
  4. Validation. Any areas where the design and implementation of the case studies and the overall system do not properly support the provision of the functionality specified, the case-study requirements are identified and any correction is carried out.
  5. Field exploitation. This activity concerns an operational assessment of the system by airport stakeholders in their real environment, and the determination of the future use and commercial exploitation of the final system.

Results

The SPADE-2 project will have one main result: a user-friendly, fully tested and validated decision-support system for airport development, planning and operations. This system seamlessly integrates a set of case studies, enabling airport stakeholders and policy-makers to perform integrated impact analyses at the various levels of decision-making through pre-structured paths and built-in, ‘wizard-type’ navigation aids.

GUI for the specification of a specific airport decision-making question (assessment of changes in infrastructure) associated with the selected use case.
GUI for the specification of a specific airport decision-making question (assessment of changes in infrastructure) associated with the selected use case.

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