Integrated Program Modeling (IPM)
Integrated Program Modeling (IPM) is an enhancement that allows the modeling and display of the interactions between Airspace Flow Programs (AFPs) and Ground Delay Programs (GDPs) in terms of demand profiles and aggregate delay statistics before programs are implemented. IPM is a component within the Flight Schedule Monitor (FSM), the tool that implements GDPs and AFPs.
IPM has been developed in two phases. The first, known as IPM Phase I, deployed in spring of 2008, provides the ability to model one program’s effects on multiple resources. The Phase I capability is useful for analyzing the effects of one AFP on many airports, or one GDP cancellation on many Flow Constrained Areas (FCAs). The second, known as the IPM Phase II, offers traffic managers multiple-resource modeling capabilities and multiple-strategy comparative displays. These capabilities can be used for modeling the effects of multiple AFPs on airport demand, total delay estimations for combinations of GDPs and AFPs, and effectiveness comparisons of AFPs versus GDPs.