From Observation phase to Active Timetable phase


At the beginning of August, the Observation phase ended (7 August) and dossiers moved to the Post-Processing phase. Applicants had four weeks to check the draft offer they received from the IMs and make observations by placing their comments into the dossiers through the ‘Make observation’ option.


At the end of the Observation phase, at 23:00 on 8 August, all dossiers were automatically promoted to the Post-Processing phase regardless of the colour of the Applicant’s light (blue, green, yellow, or red). The automatic promotion only worked for dossiers that had been switched to Observations by 6 July. Before the deadline, the leading applicant could also manually promote the dossiers. When the dossier arrived at the Post-Processing phase the IMs/ABs/RFCs’ lights changed to blue by default, indicating that they had to work on the requests.

Between 8 and 24 August, IMS/ABs/RFCs were busy, checked the applicants’ comments, completed necessary adjustments, and finished optimising the paths by setting their lights to green.

When the deadline for final offers was reached and not all IMs had set the acceptance indicators to green, the concerned IM was forced by national legislation to send the final offer and could start the partial offer process.

Final offer

The second automatic promotion began on 8 August and will run until 12 December. In this phase acceptance indicators are checked during the Post-Processing phase and green-lighted dossiers automatically promoted to the Final Offer phase.

Active timetable

And finally, the Active Timetable phase has started already for involved participants who accepted the final offer and set their lights to green in the system. With the third scheduled automatic promotion, the system promoted these dossiers to the Active Timetable phase from 25 August, and the automatic process continues until 12 December, at 03:00 am.

In the Active timetable phase, the process allows Applicants to request changes to some elements along the agreed path by initiating a Path Modification process. For IMs, the process allows them to adapt the changes and fine-tune the originally agreed timetable by initiating a Path Alteration process.

Also in August, the PCS Team updated the Path Modification and Path Alteration documentation and extended with a detailed step by step information with screenshots. For further details please click on the links.

The PCS team was also busy testing the new PCS developments:

  • From now on, the time-zone offsets are copied over at the first location when copying a sub-path with PaP
  • Big Data integration is in progress and we were working on location mapping between PCS and CRD
  • The implementation of the first part of the FTE CRs is in progress

The efforts to solve ECMT conflict detection issues continued. The entire detecting algorithm needed to be adjusted because the offset related objects were not being detected correctly.

To read more what happened in this month check out the sprint review in detail: https://cms.rne.eu/ecmt/discussions/20200803-sprint-review

Or get an update on previous sprint reviews by visiting the following link: https://cms.rne.eu/ecmt/discussions.

PCS maintenance release notes include features and enhancements for each release, as well as bug fixes. To get an update and read more about PCS development steps and sprints, please click on this link.

In terms of ongoing user support, the PCS team has assisted 54 times in various issues in August, mainly with user management activities, observation, and post-processing process questions.