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Suggested Citation:"Foreword." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Guidebook for Developing Ramp Control Facilities. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24668.
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Decision process and Decision Support tool 7 The Decision Support Tool A Decision Support Tool was created to accompany this guidebook. Guidebook users are not required to use the tool in order to follow the process but it provides the benefits of automation over paper and pencil. The tool is an easy-to-use, GUI aid that guides the user through the four- step decision process, mirroring the questions contained in Appendix A of this guidebook. The tool allows the user to create a record of his/her responses, which can be generated into reports Figure 2. Decision process. Decision Support Tool Tip: When more than one management option is being considered (e.g., airport operations vs. airline) or ramp facility location (e.g., new ramp tower vs. a virtual facility), separate records in the Decision Support Tool must be created for each consideration. Caution! The more complex the decision-making process, the more complex the tool inputs. If a user is considering more than one management option and more than one facility type, then each management option will need to be populated for each type of facility being evaluated in order to complete a full analysis using the tool.

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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Research Report 167: Guidebook for Developing Ramp Control Facilities provides guidance to airport operators considering providing ramp control services. An accompanying

Ramp Control Decision Support Tool

assists users through most considerations before providing ramp control services, including facility requirements, staffing, training, and technology and other factors, allowing the user to determine the best way to move forward.

The Ramp Control Decision Support Tool is implemented in a sequence of HTML files and Javascript libraries that can be navigated using a web browser. The current version of the tool supports Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers.

In order to use the install and start the tool please use the following steps:

1. Copy the provided zip file with the tool to a local directory.

2. Unzip the contents of the zip file to this directory.

3. Open index.html file using either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

4. The welcome page provides a general overview of the tool.

5. Click on the Get Started button to start uisng the tool. This will lead to Step 1 questions.

6. Provide responses to questions included in Step 1 and when done click on the Next button.

7. Repeat for Steps 2 and 3.

8. When done answering the questions for all three steps click on Report to automatically generate a report with all provided answers.

9. The report can be printed by clicking on Print button.

Disclaimer: This software is offered as is, without warranty or promise of support of any kind either expressed or implied. Under no circumstance will the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine or the Transportation Research Board (collectively "TRB") be liable for any loss or damage caused by the installation or operation of this product. TRB makes no representation or warranty of any kind, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, including without limitation, the warranty of merchantability or the warranty of fitness for a particular purpose, and shall not in any case be liable for any consequential or special damages.

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