Harmonic developed a software solution for Airways, to analyse coverage and workload data to create an optimal set of shifts. Various data sets were used to benchmark the tool across five different roster groups, each with different traffic and coverage requirements.
The solution includes building a complete suite of shifts that could be applied for Air Traffic Controller rosters which are optimised from safety, productivity and efficiency perspectives. Traffic demand, workforce constraints, and required staffing levels are taken into account so the optimised shifts are practically deployable. By constructing the shifts through this process, an increased level of confidence has been achieved - that efficiency gains can be made through increased productivity and service safety without additional cost.
Key Features – The the software solution incorporates:
- Workload Analysis
- A dashboard – For quick data visualisation - graphics and plots, to help with validation and vision
- A shift modeller (using linear programming techniques)
This innovative solution allows Airways to not only view their data but to move into a world where the ‘what if’ questions can be answered. Airways can quickly view key details such as, the minimum number of shifts, the optimal numbers of shifts, the optimal hours per shift and any potential downtime that could be used for other tasks and to maximise utilisation.
In collaboration with Airways, Harmonic data scientists finely tuned the analytics to bring insight into where further opportunities may be. For example, the data analysis and visualisation combined with the shift modeller was used to accelerate the consolidation of workload across two units based in Christchurch.