Airspace Design Evaluation and Planning Toolkit
Configurable framework for visualization and simulation tools to further NextGen goals
The Airspace Design Evaluation and Planning Toolkit (ADEPT) is a highly configurable framework for visualization and simulation tools. ADEPT transforms into many different applications depending on the toolset with which it is configured. The ADEPT framework supports script processing for batch mode and analysis-type operations. ADEPT contains an animation manager for time-sequenced data or movie creation and playback. All of these capabilities combined, create a powerful tool to support air transportation. An example of the application of the ADEPT framework is the surface simulation tool. This tool provides analysts with the ability to understand the behavior of aircraft surface movement at an airport. It also allows the analyst to use different surface movement procedures, path planning algorithms and delay strategies to measure efficiency throughput and any other quantifiable metrics relevant to surface movement.
The ADEPT framework makes it easy for developers to quickly create many types of visual displays and plug-in tools.
Visualization layers include:
- Simple tracks and polygons
- Site specific bar-graphs
- Area wide grids
- Network density displays
- 3-D sectors with horizontal and vertical views
Tools for ADEPT include:
- Airport-surface network building tool
- Surface simulation tool
- Airspace network density
- Flight playback tool
The ADEPT surface simulation tool allows developers to easily develop and plug-in new tools to coincide with the simulation tool. These tools could include new visual displays, simulation measurement and metric calculating tools, or tools that add more detail/realism to the simulation. In addition, since the simulation uses an underlying network for its surface model, it can easily be modified to become a NAS simulation over a NAS network and combined with several airport surface simulation processes to provide a complete airspace/ground simulator.