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Assessment of Performance in current ATM operations and of new Concepts of operations for its Holistic Enhancement

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Project "APACHE" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Project website
 Total cost 783˙837 €
 EC max contribution 783˙837 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU. (Exploratory Research)
 Code Call H2020-SESAR-2015-1
 Funding Scheme SESAR-RIA
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-05-09   to  2018-05-08


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
3    Univerzitet u Beogradu - Saobracajni fakultet RS (Belgrade) participant 178˙837.00


 Project objective

The APACHE project proposes a new framework to assess European ATM performance based on simulation, optimization and performance assessment tools that will be able to capture complex interdependencies between KPAs at different modelling scales (micro, meso and macro).In this context, the purpose of APACHE is threefold: - to evolve the Performance Scheme towards new methodologies and metrics capable of capturing with proportional detail the performance drivers of ATM to foster a progressive and performance-driven introduction of new operational and technical ATM concepts in line with SESAR; - to make an (initial) impact assessment of long-term ATM concepts with the new APACHE Performance Scheme, to measure the impact on ATM KPAs under different assumptions in line with the SESAR ConOps 2020; and - to analyse the interdependencies between the different KPAs at the Pareto-frontier of the ATM performance, by finding the theoretical optimal limits for each KPA and assessing how the promotion of one KPA may actually reduce the performance of the other KPAs An initial performance assessment of new concepts of operations will be required, covering the new concepts t: free-routing in 2D (2DFR) and in 3D (3DFR) for airline operators; dynamic airspace configuration (DAC) for air navigation service providers (ANSPs); and dynamic demand and capacity balance (dDCB) for the Network Manager (NM). All these concepts will be analysed at EU-wide and/or functional airspace block (FAB) level combined under different scenarios and case studies. The optimization tools will be used to model the ATM performance drivers underpinning each of the the stakeholder’s business models, in particular regarding the optimization of processes for aircraft trajectory planning, sectorization planning and network safety planning. Assessment tools will be used to measure the level of KPA performances in the simulations. Tools will be provided by partners and initial versions are already available.


List of deliverables.
Report on the availability of the APACHE framework Documents, reports 2019-04-18 13:57:02
Results from simulation and analysis of results Documents, reports 2019-04-18 13:57:01
Final report on communication and dissemination Documents, reports 2019-04-18 13:56:56
Final Project Results Report Documents, reports 2019-04-18 13:57:00
Exploitation plan Documents, reports 2019-04-18 13:57:00
Review of current KPIs and proposal for new ones Documents, reports 2019-04-15 17:40:47
Functional requirements and specifications for the ATM performance assessment framework Documents, reports 2019-04-15 17:40:38
Intermediate report on communication and dissemination Documents, reports 2019-04-15 17:44:37
Scope and definition of the Concept of operations for the project Documents, reports 2019-04-15 17:40:24

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of APACHE deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Dalmau, R., Melgosa, M., Vilardaga, S. and Prats, X
A Fast and Flexible Aircraft Trajectory Predictor and Optimiser for ATM Research Applications.
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Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Research on Air Transportation (ICRAT). 2019-06-13
2017 X. Prats, P. Sánchez and R. Marcos
New approaches to ATM performance analysis: overview of the APACHE, AURORA and INTUIT projects.
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Poster in the 7th SESAR Innovation Days 2019-06-13
2018 Xu, Y., Dalmau, R., Melgosa, M., de Montlaur, A. and Prats
Alternative Trajectory Options for Delay Reduction in Demand and Capacity Balancing.
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Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Research on Air Transportation (ICRAT). 2019-06-13
2017 X. Prats, C. Barrado, A. Vidosavljevic, D. Delahaye, F. Netjasov and D. Crnogorac
Assessing ATM Performance with Simulation and Optimisation Tools: The APACHE Project
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Proceedings of the 7th SESAR Innovation days. 2019-06-13
2018 Netjasov, F. and Crnogorac, D.
Potential Safety Occurrences as Indicators of Air Traffic Management Safety Performances: A network based simulation model.
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Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Research on Air Transportation (ICRAT) 2019-06-13
2017 B. Mirkovic, G. Pavlovic, F. Netjasov, O. Babic, C. Barrado, X. Prats, V. Coca, A. Bujor and A. Vidosavljevic.
Measuring Performance of the European Air Traffic Management System Review of current performance indicators and proposal for new ones.
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Poster in the 7th SESAR Innovation Days. 2019-06-13
2016 Xavier Prats, Sergio Ruiz, Vladimir Coca, Georgina Ansaldo, Fedja Netjasov, Andrija Vidosavljevic
The APACHE Project: Assessing ATM performance with simulation and optimisation tools
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Poster in the 6th SESAR innovation days. 2019-06-13

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