Friday, January 10, 2020

Spatial Simulation of a Skiing Resort


Suggested by: Dr. Christian Neuwirth (Z_GIS – Spatial Simulation) and Maximilian Mündler (PowerGIS GmbH)
Short description:

Winter tourism is a key player for Austria’s strong economic performance. Nowadays ski areas face different challenges such as climate change mitigation and rising competition among ski resorts. To stand these problems operating companies need to increase their efficiency.
In many ways, the infrastructure of a ski resort shows similarities to transportation networks. Lifts and slopes represent the network that skiers use for their activities. For efficiency enhancement of the operating infrastructure, simulations that respect the skiers’ behavior and the resulting consequences might be an interesting feature.
The aim of this thesis is to estimate the potential of spatial simulations as a tool for simulating the interactions between skiers and skiing infrastructure. Therefore, the typical behavior of skiers as well as the specifications of the infrastructure needs to be respected. Furthermore, the effects of punctual improvements as well as temporary changes (lift/slope closure) need to be investigated.
References, suggested reading:
POULHÈS, A. and MIRIAL, P. (2017): Dynaski, an Agent-based Model to Simulate Skiers in a Ski area. Procedia Computer Science 109: 84-91. DOI: 10.1016/j.procs.2017.05.298

Start/finish by: ASAP

Prerequisites/qualifications: Special interest in winter sport. Spatial Simulation knowledge.

Please contact Christian Neuwirth in case of interest: christian.neuwirth@sbg.ac.at