Do you have an idea for airport research or a synthesis of practice?

Idea CreatorIf you know an industry-wide problem that could use some attention, enter it into IdeaHub! To share your idea, click on the "Create New Idea" button at the top of the navigation sidebar on the right. You will then be asked to provide some information, including if you think your idea lends itself as a traditional research project or a synthesis of practice, a title, summary, objective, and background to help the industry understand the situation. You can also select tags to draw attention to any cross-cutting topics of your idea.

We conduct two types of studies: research projects and syntheses of practice.

Research Projects—If the objective of your idea is to conduct extensive research to develop guidance, a tool, a database, or best practice, you should add your idea as a RESEARCH PROJECT. (Your proposed research may incidentally involve a synthesis of practice, but that is not its main objective.) Typical budgets for research projects range from $300,000 to $600,000.

You must complete the development of your research idea into a full problem statement by March 20, 2020 at 5 PM EDT.

ACRP will begin industry evaluation shortly thereafter.

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Synthesis Topics—If the objective of your idea is limited to a quick review of current practice, you should enter it as a SYNTHESIS TOPIC. The current budget for a synthesis topic is $45,000. It is important to demonstrate that there is sufficient information on practice to conduct a synthesis.

The deadline for submitting a synthesis topic is September 23, 2019.

The topic selection panel will meet shortly thereafter.

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Virtual Airport Traffic Control and Ramp Control Facilities—Guidance for U.S. Airports

The objective of this research project is to provide U.S. airport operators with guidance regarding the potential roles "virtual" ATCTs and ramp control towers can play at their facilities, and their major components and supporting technologies, and the advantages and disadvantages of these virtual facilities relative to their traditional counterparts. The project also will provide guidance regarding how airport operators,... more »

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Guidance for the Design and Justification of Resilient Airport Infrastructure Focusing on the Effects of Increased Precipitation

Further guidance on how to approach the design of airport infrastructure that is more resilient to climatic change is required. Efforts are underway both nationally and internationally to address identification of vulnerabilities and incorporating into planning documents; but there remains a gap in procedures to evaluate and determine design criteria for engineers and architects that may be more readily endorsed by funding... more »

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Effective Approaches for Persuading Travelers to Recycle and Reduce Contamination in the Waste Stream

The research would identify the best persuasive strategies, language, and media, supported by behavioral science, for successfully encouraging customers to separate waste materials at the source and reduce contamination. This would reduce the number of costly waste hauls; help rehabilitate international scrap materials markets; reduce the amount of materials being sent to landfills and incinerators; promote composting... more »

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Organic Waste Recycling

The goals of this research project are to 1) prepare a roadmap of sustainable organic waste management solutions, ideally according with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) introduced Waste Hierarchy, 2) find the best available practices of food and biobased waste reduction, reuse and disposal, 3) pilot those immediate options available, 4) research considerations for the development of on-site biowaste disposal... more »

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Guidebook for Systematically Evaluating the Effectiveness of an Airport's Wildlife Hazard Management Plan

The goal of this research project is to provide airport operators with guidance and tools to evaluate the effectiveness of their Wildlife Hazard Management Plan (WHMP) to reduce wildlife strike risks to aviation.

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Update the Airport Construction Emission Inventory Tool (ACEIT)

The objective is to update the guidance and software for calculating airport construction emissions in order to:

• Incorporate the latest construction practices and regulatory requirements.

• Calculate emissions through the latest version of MOVES.

• Integrate applicable modifications to ACRP Report 102 and the Airport Construction Emissions Inventory Tool (ACEIT)

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Guidebook to Managing Landside Facility Constraints

Develop a guidebook that provides strategies (best management practices) that airport operators and other stakeholders can use to manage demand placed on landside facilities (e.g. ground transportation infrastructure) in a constrained environment. The guidebook reviews existing and proposed operational, financial and logistical strategies that airport operators or other entities are permitted to use to encourage efficient... more »

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Guidebook for the Effective Transition of Asset Data from Design/Construction to Operations and Maintenance

Develop guidance and best practices that will inform capital asset and new/replacement/renewal project managers on how to ensure that maintenance departments are capable of properly maintaining the assets and immediately assuming responsibility for them after project completion/turnover. These recommendations will focus on the accurate, effective, and timely development and delivery of capital project assets and asset... more »

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A framework for Airport Evacuation: Assessment of Landside Capacity Using Micro-Meso Simulation Model

Safe and rapid evacuation of passengers from an airport to a vantage locations is critical in the aftermath of an emergency event, which includes acts of terrorism, fire, earthquakes, tornado outbreak, power outrage, or bomb threat. Based on the severity of the crisis situation it may not be enough to evacuate the passengers from the airport, but also to make a safe passage from the airport to their final or intermediate... more »

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Airport Operational Databases (AODB): Benefits to the Airport Stakeholders and Users

Airport operations from the curbside to the airspace are increasingly relying on data. Airport operators and their stakeholders are procuring airport operations suites that do not necessarily talk to each other (even within the same stakeholder/entity). The purpose of the Airport Operational Databases (AODB) is to create an Airport Information Center integrating various operational data for making them available to a... more »

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Airside Automated Ground Vehicle Technology (AGVT) Demonstration to Support Airport Operations

This project would plan, deploy and document an airside application of AGVT at an airport. The proposed project may be AGVT mowing, AGVT perimeter security, AGVT FOD detection, or other application assessed in ACRP 03-48.

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Guidance on Concept Planning and Designing of Airport Collaboration Centers

Airports are increasingly interested in bringing multi-disciplines together in a common environment to improve collaborative decision making during regular and irregular operations. Guidance on how to plan and design for these centers is needed.

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How Airports are Becoming Smart

Airports have been using the Internet of Things to become more connected and offer enhanced customer service logistics as smart airports. This synthesis would document the state of the industry with regard to the application of smart airport technologies and lessons learned from current adopters.

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