Simulation of DXB to be developed

Boeing subsidiary, Preston Aviation Solutions has won a contract from Dubai’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) to conduct a computer simulation study of Dubai International Airport.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  May 19, 2005

Boeing subsidiary, Preston Aviation Solutions has won a contract from Dubai’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) to conduct a computer simulation study of Dubai International Airport. The simulation will provide the DCA with a reliable mechanism to visualise, analyse and minimise risk in the airport’s on-going expansion project. The study, carried out by Preston’s Melbourne-based consulting team, will be executed in five key phases and will cover transitional operations during the Phase II expansion program, the latest masterplan design, and current airport operations. It will be conducted using Preston’s total airspace and airport modeller (TAAM). “The use of simulation and modelling brings significant benefits to the expansion of Dubai International Airport,” says Khalifa Al Zaffin, director of engineering, Dubai Civil Aviation Department. “The study will allow us to highlight challenges and validate solutions in a timely manner, helping to avoid costly mistakes in the complex environment of aviation.” Using TAAM’s simulation capabilities, the study will perform a number of tasks including accurately measuring the effects of the Phase II Airport Expansion changes and identifying potential operational constraints both on the ground and in the air, which may include runway and taxiway usage, airport resource allocation and the affect of changes to airspace procedures. The simulation will also validate solutions to identified challenges prior to their implementation, as well as measuring the capacity of the airport and surrounding airspace based on the proposed changes and on-going developments. “Dubai International Airport is one of the fastest growing airports in the world and I am pleased that Preston’s consulting services have the opportunity to provide decision support to the DIA stakeholders during this Phase II expansion project,” comments Ian Ash, managing director of Preston.

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