Working closely with BAC, DELMIA Quintiq provided a 100%-fit solution that incorporated all rules, regulations, requirements, constraints and objectives.
Geert explains: “We assign aircraft using a points system so, for example, reducing walking time for passengers; putting two aircraft next to each other to make the job of the handling companies easier; or allocating a stand based on a request of preference from airlines or handlers.”
DELMIA Quintiq interfaces with the central airport operational database (AODB), so it's able to automatically update plans with any new information from BAC’s various partners. For example, if updated flight plans for incoming aircraft cause a stand assignment conflict, DELMIA Quintiq resolves it automatically. Changes to stand the stand and gate plan are immediately communicated back to all relevant partners.
Tim Hermans, resource optimization officer with BAC says: “The system is very user-friendly and the planning tool is easily and quickly familiarized with. In addition, it is good to know that the user interface is flexible and easily modified, allowing each planner to work with his or her own preferences without making the planning any more complicated.”
The solution supported planners in coping swiftly and effectively with gate changes by enabling them to:
- Forecast, analyze and prepare for possible change scenarios
- Create flexible plans two days in advance
- Receive immediate alerts of last-minute changes and quickly calculate best responses to minimize delays
“Relatively few actions are required to make the best planning,” says Tim. “Among other things, this is thanks to the drag-and-drop principle used by DELMIA Quintiq”.