The world rail market’s predicted rapid growth makes innovation indispensable to meet the future transport demand. Here, experts and decision makers are confronted with many uncertainties. Simulation aids in analyzing and conquering these kinds of uncertainties.
Use simulation software to smartly bridge the gap between theory and practice.
Apply Enterprise Dynamics simulation software to
- revise timetables or develop new plans and test them thoroughly,
- already plan the infrastructure and rail network in the design phase,
- improve timetable quality or to create and test operating rules,
- achieve energy savings through optimized operation strategies.
Enterprise Dynamics is also best suitable for training purposes.
Combine rail simulation with crowd simulation to look at your environment on its entirety and increase system efficiency and passenger satisfaction.
Enterprise Dynamics simulation software convinces with user-friendliness, an open software structure, useful simulation objects and typical parameters from real life systems.
Inform yourself now on the best simulation software solution for Public Transport.
Public Transport Terminals
Public transport terminals have many goals, including: optimizing passenger flows, improving passenger experiences and keeping all passengers safe. Achieving these goals is challenging since stakeholders such as retailers, architects, local authorities and transport operators will all acknowledge they have a stake in a well-run public transport terminal. But all have different, sometimes conflicting, priorities. Furthermore, due to delays and rush hours, there is no such thing as an ‘ordinary day or hour’.
Travelers need enough time to catch their next train or bus. Retailers want to know what the most commercial attractive areas are. Platforms should offer enough capacity, even during rush hour. In case of emergency the terminal should be evacuated safe and quickly. And how exactly does a crowd behave when there is a delay at the transport operator?
Simulation software is the solution for simulating passenger flows at public transport terminals and can be used to evaluate the performance and safety of a terminal. Simulation software enables you to:
- Determine commercial attractiveness of terminal locations by flow measurements;
- Evaluate the capacity and safety of platforms, stairs, walkways, etc. and increase passenger satisfaction;
- Gain insight in the effects of changes in the track allocation of transport operators on passenger flows;
- Gain insight in the effects of delays or cancellations on the complete passenger flow or certain transfers;
- Determine the best spots for turnstiles or fare gates without causing bottlenecks;
- Test and compare different scenarios, such as demanded infrastructures by police, (partial) evacuations, in- and outflow of passengers, etc.;
- Gain insight in the complete infrastructure, pedestrian flows, bottlenecks and (safety) risks;
- Present the infrastructural design of the transport terminal, including pedestrian flows in a 2D and 3D visualization to your stakeholders;
- Enhance safety by developing and testing evacuation plans;
- Save time and money by testing various functionalities during the design phase of a transport terminal.
Complex logistics issues
Simulating pedestrian flows has gained ground the last few years. An important reason is that safety of people has become one of the main issues within all kinds of infrastructures. In addition it provides answers to complex, logistic issues related to commerce and capacity management. Many different parties, such as railway maintainers, architects, authorities and emergency services. are already using simulation software to support their mission. INCONTROL offers its own crowd simulation platform Pedestrian Dynamics®.
INCONTROL offers simulation technology for the modelling of the following processes:
- Passenger flows;
- Safety & Security;
- Baggage Handling Systems (BHS).
In order to do this INCONTROL, offers two simulation products:
- Pedestrian Dynamics;
- Enterprise Dynamics.
Pedestrian Dynamics: Passenger flows and security process modelling
At an airport everything should be perfectly tuned. Therefore topics like pedestrian flows, waiting times, process times, capacities and their mutual relation are very important. Designers and architects face major challenges when developing the infrastructures of airport terminals. Departure terminals, lounges, corridors and gates should provide sufficient capacity and must be positioned logically. In addition, the infrastructure must meet all safety requirements.
During the operation an airport, it is important to use the current infrastructure in the most efficient way. With the arrival and departure of ten thousands of passengers every day taking several proceedings and procedures within a short time, this is a complex challenge. Based on the analysis of passenger numbers, process times and queuing times, efficiently duty-rosters for the airport staff can be made. However, due to deviations from flight schedules, there is no such thing as an ordinary day.
Simulation software is the solution for the understanding of the effects of these dynamic environments. Simulating passenger flows in complex infrastructures is used to evaluate and improve the safety and performance of environments. Using simulation software during the design and operational phase of an airport offers the following benefits:
- Save time and money by evaluating and optimizing the safety and performance of the airport during the design phase;
- Gain insight into the complete infrastructure, passenger flows, waiting times, process times and potential bottlenecks;
- Support the development of evacuation and contingency plans;
- Use it for staff schedules based on expected crowdedness, pedestrian flows and process times;
- Present the infrastructure of the airport in a 2D and 3D visualization to your stakeholders;
- Determine commercial attractive areas on the airport, based on pedestrian flows.
Enterprise Dynamics: Baggage Handling Simulation
Baggage handling systems are often very complex and expensive systems that play a critical role in the challenging process of getting the passenger and its baggage on time in a plane. This challenge is even increasing as the amount of baggage is growing, the procedures for hold baggage screening are tightened and the available time for baggage transport decreases owing to shorter connection times. The consequence is that there is greater need for a more efficient use of the baggage handling facilities. This requires a reduction of the total in-system and deduction of bottlenecks.
Baggage handling simulation is an appropriate method to tackle this issue. As the simulation software is able to represent all relevant equipment, including conveyors, sorting systems, screening machines or early bag storage, a very realistic representation of the baggage facilities at the Airport can be modeled and visualized. Using BHS simulation has the following advantages:
- It provides the required insight in the overall performance of the BHS and the bottlenecks;
- It allows experimentation with alternatives to optimize the available capacity;
- Opportunities to increase redundancy of the system can be validated;
- Understanding of future capacity requirements;
- The key performance indicators include flow counters, transport and waiting times, utilization of equipment and buffers;
- These indicators result in a better performing baggage handling system and allow the capacity managers at the airport to anticipate on future situations.
When developing or adjusting costly and complex systems it is important to validate and improve the design as soon as possible, so the management can be convinced that the system will meet the requirements. BHS simulation is also very suitable to test new ideas and to assist in operational management. Simulation is the supporting tool for developments and operations in baggage handling.