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Time-Lapse as an analysis technique

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If you are familiar with photography or video, you surely will have heard about the time-lapse technique. It basically consists of putting together a sequence of many photographs taken at regular intervals over a specific period of time. When the sequence is viewed, we get the sensation of a speeded-up movie. Thus, a set of photographs taken over an entire day can be viewed in just a few minutes.

Time-lapse photography originally arose as a leisure element but are becoming yet another interesting element to analyse flows and processes.

Aside from the aesthetic curiosity this kind of technique may arouse, the truth of the matter is that in some cases it can offer a highly interesting method to analyse certain activities which evolve slowly. If we view any of the time-lapses mentioned below, which deal with the activity of various airports, the point they share in common is that that any of the actions which happen before the camera is converted from a simple snapshot into flows. This means that the object in itself loses importance and the way and rhythm at which it moves is highlighted.

Flows at airports are important. Each airport operation requires several dozen tasks which have to be performed at a precise moment and under the conditions foreseen. This is an important premise to optimise its management and, unavoidably, its safety.

The time-lapse technique allows us to analyse flows visually. Regardless of whether it deals with a sequence of take-offs and landings or the performance of handling operations, the speeded up movement of the actions allows us to assess whether protocols have been properly carried out and even discover some point which can be improved.

Though it is just an additional element to help in airport management, some airports have already established recording, sequencing and time-lapse analyses as a working element.

A series of time-lapses appears below. They will undoubtedly help you gain a better understanding of the possibilities this technique offers.

 

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SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport
Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
39.914.103 annual passengers
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BOS
Logan International Airport
Boston, MA, USA
33.449.580 annual passengers
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SEA
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Seattle, Washington, USA
42.340.461 annual passengers
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HND
Haneda International Airport
Ota, Tokio, Japan
75.316.718 annual passengers
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AMS
Amsterdam-Shiphol International Airport
Haarlemmermeer, The Netherlands
58.284.864 annual passengers
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DUS
Dusseldorf International Airport
Dusseldorf, Germany
22.476.685 annual passengers
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FRA
Frankfurt International Airport
Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany
61.032.022 annual passengers
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LGW
London Gatwick International Airport
Crawley, West Sussex, United Kingdom
40.271.343 annual passengers
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BGA
Palonegro International Airport
Lebrija, Bucaramanga, Colombia
1.839.969 annual passengers
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