Modeling Airside Operations at Major Airports for Strategic Decision Support

Tens of billions of dollars are spent each year worldwide in airport infrastructure to promote safe, efficient, and environmentally friendly operations. Airport layouts, allocations of gates to carriers, and the manner of deploying ground equipment or personnel can dramatically affect passenger delays, fuel consumption, and air and noise pollution. Airport planners require reliable information about how different spheres of airport activity interact and how system performance would change with alterations to physical infrastructure or operating practices. The project developed a discrete-event simulation model that may be used for strategic decisions regarding the provision and effective utilization of infrastructure needed for airside operations at major airports. The project calibrated the model with detailed activity data for an entire year, verified its ability to represent essential spheres of activity, and illustrated its application to study system performance under several operating scenarios.


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  • Status: Completed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Midwest Transportation Center

    Iowa State University
    2711 S Loop Drive, Suite 4700
    Ames, IA  United States  50010-8664

    University of Missouri, St. Louis

    1 University Boulevard
    St. Louis, MO  United States  63121-4400

    Lambert-St.Louis International Airport

    10701 Lambert International Boulevard
    St. Louis, MO  United States  63145-0212
  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Missouri, St. Louis

    1 University Boulevard
    St. Louis, MO  United States  63121-4400
  • Principal Investigators:

    Smith, L

  • Start Date: 20150101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20150630
  • Actual Completion Date: 20151130

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01579701
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Midwest Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC37
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Oct 27 2015 11:50AM