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Passenger Flow

Simulation Modeling &


Visualization

Rainer Dronzek
Assistant Vice President,
TranSystems, USA

Passenger Flow
Simulation Modelling & Visualization
Passenger Terminal Expo 2008

Rainer Dronzek
17 April 2008

Agenda
Visualization
Simulation Modeling
Advanced Custom User Interfaces
Considerations

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Case Study | Terminal Visualization


Application:
Objectives:
Description:
Tools:
Results:

People Mover visualization,


Port Everglades, FL
Passenger Perspective
Fly-Through passenger
perspective of proposed facility
3D Studio Max
Effectively communicate
passenger perspective as well
as use of facility

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Visualization
Provides the look and feel of a proposed system
May be static or dynamic
Does not necessarily include operational characteristics
such as speeds, rules and consequences
Conveys ideas in a powerful manner
Typically precedes more detailed analyses, including
simulation modeling
Applications include:
Concept planning
Dissemination of information (e.g., public involvement)
Sales and marketing
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Case Study | International Airport Simulation Model


Application:
Objectives:

Description:

Tools:

Results:

Airport consolidated rental car


center
Plan capacity and layout , test
design alternatives, and identify
bottlenecks
Model of passenger movement,
bus operations, elevators and
escalators
2D animation, AnyLogic
Professional Edition simulation
software
Supported A&E design process

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Simulation Models
Analytical tools to represent time-dependent interactions
between random and/or planned events
Predict throughput, queues, capacity and utilization
Help define staffing, equipment and operational rules

Within a simulation you can:


Handle complex interactions
Account for systemic random behavior
Abstract system components to simplify development & analysis
Compress time
Address each person, part or entity moving through a system

Simulation models differ from visualizations


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Case Study | Passenger Flow Through Terminal


Application:
Objectives:
Description:

Tools:

Airport terminal
Demonstrate use of agent
based modeling techniques
Model includes scale drawing of
terminal, plane arrival and
departure schedules, passenger
transit parameters and potential
retail locations
Custom .NET user interface,
AnyLogic simulation software

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Case Study | Advanced Custom User Interfaces


Application:
Objectives:
Description:

Tools:

Results:

Transit system model


Demonstrate use of customized
user interfaces
Allows casual users to
configure model parameters,
run models, review and
compare results, manage &
share multiple scenarios
Custom .NET user interface,
databases and spreadsheets,
simulation applications
Greater user base for
simulation-based tools

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Case Study | Advanced Custom User Interfaces

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Case Study | Advanced Custom User Interfaces

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Simulation Considerations
Maybe its not the best method
Only evaluates what the user tells it to evaluate
Time consuming and difficult to be proficient with a powerful
tool
Requires unique skill set (consulting, experimental design,
information systems)
Validation may be difficult
Garbage in leads to garbage out
Reliance on results may lead users to ignore other data
points
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Simulation Benefits
Experiment without mock-ups
Avoid disturbing systems & people
Visualize under variety of conditions
Understand complex interactions
Provide an insurance policy

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Structured Modeling Methodology


Define
Quantify
Design
Collect
Develop
Verify
Validate
Analyze
Recommend

Identify project requirements and scope. Develop a formal


specification
Develop hierarchical data models focused on costs, durations,
volumes, and variability at multiple levels of detail
Create model design customized to the customers needs
Gather input and output data, conduct interviews and site visits
Create the analysis tools required to support project
requirements
Make sure the model has it been coded correctly
Ensure modeling tools sufficiently represent reality
Determine the best options for reducing costs, increasing profit,
and improving customer service
Synthesize analysis results into recommendations

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Questions?

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