Simulation of the new terminal of Barcelona Airport

Description 

AENA's desire to have a terminal that meets the quality standards of IATA originated this study of flow and capacity of the new airport terminal area that should allow us to define corrections in the building design or configuration of the initial processors of the new South terminal.

The study was initiated with a high level analysis to collect the large numbers of the airport (passenger vehicles, outgoing and incoming flights, hub connections...). A second lower-level analysis was performed to determine whether certain areas of the airport (check-in counters, baggage claim, security controls, elevators, etc.) – and certain processes (handling operations, wireless hub, arrivals intermodal  - were well-configured (i.e. size of the area, length of services, etc).

This second study was conducted for three different dates that show how demand evolves in the short, medium and long term.

Goals:

  • Modeling at macroscopic level.
  • Modeling at microscopic level.
  • High complexity in the control of interacting masses of objects.
  • Great conceptual difficulty regarding modeling and computation requirements.
  • Complex on-line experimentation.
  • Module of virtual reality representation.
Duration of the project 
January, 2002 to December, 2004
Client 
Benefits for the client 

Obtaining an IATA quality map of their facilities: hallways, rooms, processors, vertical cores, ... Reduced risk implementation associated with:

  • Increase of the volume of passengers up to an estimated 40 million / year.
  • Impact of the third track.
  • Transformation into a Mediterranean Hub, accomplishing minimum connection times.
  • Evolution of the type of travelers: Schengen and non-Schengen Treaty, national, alien.
  • Management of operations in the ramp, new handling vehicles, distribution of EPA and ESA.
Technology 
Visual Basic,
Witness Simulator
Areas of expertise involved in the project 
Project Manager 

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