A-CDM – Airport Collaborative Decision Making

IBG is recognised worldwide as the leading Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) implementation specialists. Many of our senior experts in this field have worked for EUROCONTROL over the years, where they have been responsible for implementation at European airports.

IBG has successfully supported many airports with the implementation of A-CDM, including Singapore Changi, Abu Dhabi (UAE), Hamad International (QATAR) and London Gatwick Airport.

From the experience of implementing A-CDM worldwide, IBG is second to none when it comes to the implementation of A-CDM at airports in a multi partnered project environment.

Why are IBG different from the rest?

  • A-CDM references and experience in Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific
  • Operational understanding and change management requirements
  • Communication and Coordination from start to finish of the implementation
  • Training abilities across all airport domains e.g. ATC, Airports, Airlines etc
  • Supporting systems (trial platforms) to guarantee timelines during implementation

What is A-CDM?

A-CDM is a worldwide initiative supported by IATA, ICAO, ACI World, CANCO and EUROCONTROL to enhance operational efficiency at airports, maximising the infrastructure, reduce delay, enhance on time performance, reduce the environmental impact of aviation and unlock latent capacity.

This is achieved with improved real time information sharing between airport operators, airspace users (airlines, military etc), ground handlers and ATC. The aim being to create a new ‘no blame culture’ and working in a proactive manner with improved decision-making capabilities. The benefits and cost reductions are high for all airport partners and additionally for Air Traffic Flow Management. This proven concept involves change management (operational procedures) and automated processes supported by the latest aviation systems available.

APOC – Airport Operations Centre or AOCC – Airport Operations Control Centre

With Airport Collaborative Decision Making in place, the Airport Operations Centre or Airport Operations Control Centre will be one of the cornerstones for Total Airport Management roll-out

A fully functional APOC / AOCC incorporates both airside and landside airport functions but extends to cover more areas such as train, subway and road access to the airport. If ground access to an airport is disrupted for any reason the impact can be significant to operations.

The management of airport encompasses many resources. Today many airport partners (ANSP, Airport Operations, Airlines and other service providers operate in isolation and in an environment where there is a limited (non harmonised) approach to collaborative airport planning.

An APOC / AOCC has a ‘Total Airport Management’ approach and the main information source is the Airport Operations Plan. The AOP integrates information from the appropriate process monitors and collates it into consistent and pertinent knowledge for the airport’s different operational units.

The functioning of the APOC / AOCC will bring together the main airport partners and will be a platform for stakeholder communication and coordination, based on shared knowledge. It will be equipped with a real-time monitoring system, a decision support system and a set of collaborative procedures which will ensure a fully integrated management of landside and airside airport processes. The APOC / AOCC will be the essential link between the airport and the ATM network manager and will be the entity responsible for airport performance management.

IBG has the expertise to guide stakeholders to communicate and coordinate, to develop and dynamically maintain joint plans and to execute those plans in their respective areas of responsibility. For one of our Middle Eastern customers we performed a current operations assessment, followed by the Operational Concept Development that lead to the operational design and organisational development. Next steps were to test, train and trial, and to support organisational start-up of the designed and approved AOCC.

IBG can develop the content of the real-time monitoring system, or performance dashboard, focusing on developing those indicators which are most pertinent for the task of airport operations performance management.

The implementation of these projects in a multi-partnered environment is always a challenge and IBG has the knowledge and capabilities to mitigate any issues that may arise to ensure the project remains on track.

TAM – Total Airport Management

“By engaging IBG to support in the implementation of A-CDM at your airport, you can be confident of project success and of realisation of the full benefits of A-CDM adoption. Once an airport has A-CDM, then the upgrade path to Total Airport Management is much more readily available.” says Dave Hogg, one of the founders of A-CDM.”

New procedures such as Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) have brought tangible benefits especially focused on predominantly airside operations.

The aim of Total Airport Management (TAM) is extending A-CDM’s features to other areas and activities which are performed in curbside (ground access) and landside areas. Coupling these environments, tangible benefits in terms of performance, decision making, situational awareness are gained.

The basic principle of TAM is to create an environment enabling airport partners to maintain a joint plan – the Airport Operations Plan – thus working towards dynamically agreed goals. This implies the extension of the tactical time horizon to pre-tactical and strategic phases.

The scope of TAM is the entire airport, monitoring and guiding airside and landside operations while considering additional information available through SWIM (System Wide Information Management) e.g. from departure airports. TAM operations are performance-based airport operations enabling performance-based ATM (Air Traffic Management) operations.

IBG can help you through this journey from identifying current status, business case based on the findings, all the way through to designing the concept, to implementation and procurement.

IBG has successfully supported airports with the drafting of the concept of operations (ConOps) for TAM. Our expertise in overall airport operations of all partners contributing to the airport’s growth, enables us to identify quick wins from closing gaps between operational efficiency and TAM performance-based operations.

Additionally, IBG can assist airports to identify principles and high-level requirements of how consolidated information is generated at local airport level to enable the Airport Operations Plan-Network Operations Plan (AOP-NOP) interaction processes, as a means of full integration of airports with the ATM Network.