Metroplex Simulation Environment



Mosaic ATM’s Metroplex Simulation Environment (MSE) provides a flexible simulation and 3-D visualization platform for analyzing historical and present-day operations and studying new ATM technologies and procedures. MSE can be used to simulate baseline operations and then measure the impact of airport construction or alternate schedules or procedures.

MSE is great for conducting simulation experiments, which may be focused on an airport surface, terminal airspace, metroplex region including all of the airport surfaces, en-route airspace region, or the entire NAS, allowing the researcher to scope the simulation to the study’s requirements.

While primarily intended for fast-time simulation, MSE has also been used for real-time experiments with subject matter experts interacting with the MSE display. MSE also provides simulation infrastructure components that allow researchers to set up experiments and process experiment results. Simulation results are visualized through 2-D and 3-D map displays, which are able to show TRACON video maps, NFDC data such as airways and procedures, geographic boundaries, and airport surface features for reference. Synchronized playback of multiple simulations in side-by-side windows allows visual comparisons.

Benefits include:

  • Extensive metrics collection and post analysis tools enable researchers to capture all relevant data and interpret the simulation results
  • Specialized metrics are easily added due to the modular architecture
  • Customized graphs and tables comparing simulation runs can be generated automatically
  • Random variability and uncertainty can be injected into a wide range of simulation models.
  • Monte Carlo experiments generate statistical results across large numbers of runs
  • XML files permit easy configuration of simulation cases and batch capabilities permit large experiments to be run in the cloud unattended.

Mosaic ATM can provide simulation services using MSE on a one-time basis (e.g., to forecast the impact of an operational change) or recurring basis (e.g., to model the efficiency of a scheduling or parking assignment plan.)