Synthesis Topics

A Synthesis of Software Solutions and Tools for Airport Administration

Assigned to Clayton Stambaugh
Last Edited by Clayton Stambaugh

This project will provide airport administrators and other stakeholders with a concise resource that applies software solutions, applications, and digital technologies toward a multitude of common tasks, responsibilities, and problems. The project will synthesize existing research and resources on the subject, paying particular attention to off-the-shelf style product categories that can be easily procured, implemented, and modified.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

Anticipating continued budgetary limitations, workforce constraints, and overall external pressures, organizations and institutions must actively tap ever-evolving technological innovations. Software solutions and tools can be utilized to maintain organizational efficiency, effectiveness, equability, and accountability.

This research will help: research Institution staff, public safety professionals (non-airport police/fire), pilot/other tenants, regulatory agencies, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, local government employees and non-elected representatives, industry associations, general public, federal/state government employees, elected officials, construction contractors, city/county administrators, airport board members, airport neighbors, airline representatives, academia, and consultants providing services to airports.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

This project will provide airport administrators and other stakeholders with a concise resource that applies software solutions, applications, and digital technologies toward a multitude of common tasks, responsibilities, and problems.The project will synthesize existing research and resources on the subject, paying particular attention to off-the-shelf style product categories that can be easily procured, implemented, and modified.

This existing information should be applied toward common airport administration (airport/sponsor/state) problems and tasks to include, but not limited to: project/construction management; grant administration (planning/programming); airport inspection and compliance; asset management; website/social networking content management; safety/environmental management; communications (inter/intra); document management;budgeting; billing; and, project collaboration. Several case studies or best management practices should be collected and presented where software solutions and tools have been successfully implemented at individual airports.

Users of this product should be able to easily find a common issue associated with airport administration within the text and quickly digest information relating to available and applicable software solutions and tools. Case studies and/or best management practices will highlight the ability of a software solution or tool in expediting delivery, improving quality, or lowering costs. The project will locate and assemble relevant information from a variety of sources. This should include the existing catalog of ACRP and the software solutions and tools created under that program, as well as other applicable TRB products. Care should be taken to speak of software solutions and tools in general terms and categorically. The project must avoid naming specific vendors and tools.

Approach (Describe in general terms the steps you think are needed to achieve the objective.)

This project is being proposed as a synthesis which will assemble and evaluate all available information regarding the use of software solutions at airports and provide this information in a concise report that can be easily digested and distributed by all airport stakeholders.

The primary objectives of the synthesis will follow ACRP Synthesis guidelines and will:
(1) locate and assemble documented information;
(2) learn what practice has been used for solving or alleviating the problems;
(3) identify all ongoing research;
(4) learn what problems remain largely unsolved;
(5) organize, evaluate, and document the useful information that is acquired; and
(6) disseminate the synthesis information to all who might benefit from it.

Related Research - List related ACRP and other industry research; describe gaps (see link to Research Roadmaps above), and describe how your idea would address these gaps. This is a critical element of a synthesis topic submission.

TRB NCHRP Report 545: Analytical Tools for Asset Management
TRB NCHRP 20-65, Task 43: Best Practices in Electronic Grant Management
TRB Transportation Research Circular E-C113 - Artificial Intelligence in Transportation Information for Application
TRB ACRP Report 94: Integrating Web-Based Emergency Management Collaboration Software into Airport Operations--A Primer
TRB ACRP Report 49: Collaborative Airport Capital Planning Handbook
TRB Web-Only Document 23: Guidance on Successful Computer Maintenance Management System (CMMS) Selection and Practices
TRB ACRP Report 88: Guidebook on Integrating GIS in Emergency Management at Airports
TRB ACRP Synthesis 70: Building Information Modeling for Airports
TRB ACRP Report 128: Alternative IT Delivery Methods and Best Practices for Small Airports
USDOT FHWA Open Source Application Development Portal

This topic addresses problems with potential solutions at all levels of airports and all levels of stakeholders. This topic is expected to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability in the practice of airport administration. This topic covers a wide swath of practices that can vary throughout all types of airports and unique administrations. The information relative to this topic exists in a multitude of formats and is commonly available through other channels but needs consolidated and applied specifically to airport administration. The basic information relative to this topic, a practice of using software or applications for a variety of airport administrative tasks, is not expected to drastically change within the next ten years and ensures longevity of the report. That said, emerging technologies such as block chain could evolve certain software solutions and make them better suited to fulfill their designed task. For example, nothing has replaced computer word processing software for more than a decade but the software has evolved and improved over time.

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