Validation of a simulation model for an airport terminal

University essay from Linköpings universitet/Linköpings universitet/Institutionen för teknik och naturvetenskapTekniska högskolan

Author: Marcus Öberg; [2006]

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Abstract:

LFV Teknik is a part of the LFV Group. They work as internal consultants with competence in for example simulation techniques. When the company is preparing to build a simulation model for the study of passenger flows through an airport terminal, a large amount of information about the system is needed. Usually, the model is needed quickly, which means that the time for building it is short. Furthermore, some parts of the system may not be directly in line with the main purpose of the study, which might make it difficult to motivate data collection costs. This project will contribute in this area, by constructing general statistical distributions of the check-in time and the capacity for the security control. The distributions can then be used in other models. The project will also include a discussion about how and when a passenger arrive the airport terminal.

A simulation model should be built and validated against an existing airport terminal. As a base for this project, Terminal 4 in Stockholm - Arlanda Airport has been used. The passenger’s arrival time to the terminal is collected from the LFV Group statistical database. Data collections for the check-in times and the capacity calculations of the security control are performed using a stopwatch. When the statistical distribution is calculated, a large amount of data is necessary. All data then have to be analysed and implemented in the simulation model.

As one result of the project, statistical distributions for the check-in times are given. A capacity calculation of the security control is also discussed. Furthermore, the report includes theory of simulation techniques and methods to perform verification and validation.

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