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Airside Planning, Design and operations: Electronic Resources Library In Reserve

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The objectives of this research project are to:

• Create an electronic resources library – preferably a website. This searchable electronic library should provide an inventory of available publications including the abstracts and index of ACRP research documents and non-ACRP research documents related to airside planning, design and operations.

• Recommend a process for keeping the website up-to-date.

• Identify which of the related ACRP documents should be updated. If updates or additional research are needed, propose problem statements for future consideration.

• Recommend a process for keeping these ACRP documents up-to-date.

 

The final deliverable should include:

• An electronic resource (preferably a website);

• A detailed manual for facilitating the management and update of the electronic resources library, as well as all the documents and files used for designing and implementing the library;

• A report on the continuous update process for the electronic resources library and the related ACRP documents.

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

The technical documentation on airside planning, design and operations is vast and include several layers Federal and Statewide regulations, FAA orders and advisory circulars, ACRP publications, ICAO documents, ACI handbooks and common agreements (e.g. AACG and BACG), IATA manuals, NFPA codes and standards, research documents, and publications on best practices and lessons learned. These references are not all well-known by the airport operators, the stakeholders, and the practitioners in general. There is a need for a comprehensive inventory of the relevant sources, and a consolidation in an online library.

A similar research effort is underway for passenger terminal design. ACRP Project 07-15 "Airport Passenger Terminal Design: Electronic Resources Library" intends to create a self-contained (e.g., CD-ROM or other media) searchable electronic library of available documents including the abstracts and index of ACRP research documents and non-ACRP research documents related to airport terminal planning and design. Include rationale for their inclusion. Also, a review of the related ACRP publications will be performed, and recommendations will be made on the needs for updating them.

This idea is a parallel and complementary approach on airside/airspace issues. The development of future ACRP online resources library should be consistent and could be based on a single platform for simplifying the access and enhancing its visibility. This could be achieved through a single, consolidated online library providing the airport community with an inventory the technical literature for all the different parts and functions of the airport.

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

The research shall include:

  1. Identifying the relevant resources to be indexed,
  2. Proposing a technical solution for an electronic resources library (CD-Rom/.iso file, website, etc.),
  3. Recommending a process for managing and keeping up - to - date the library,
  4. Developing a user-friendly electronic resources library easy to manage and update,
  5. Identifying the ACRP documents to be updated or the additional research efforts required, and
  6. Developing the related problem statements,
  7. Recommending a process for keeping up-to-date the related ACRP documents.

Especially if this ERL is merged with the Airport Passenger Terminal Design Electronic Resources Library, it is recommended to
add specific tasks on library management and user interface:
8) Advanced FAQ and AI/chatbot to answer queries,
9) Crowdsourcing methodology / de-centralized resource management and inputs.

Important: opportunities for merging the different ACRP ERLs into a single, consolidated source of information should be explored.

Cost Estimate and Backup (Provide a cost estimate and support for how you arrived at the estimate.)

The estimated funding is $250,000.

This budget is based on a benchmark of similar ACRP project, and especially Project 07-15. Costs might be reduced by developing
this airfield ERL as an extension of the existing ACRP Airport Passenger Terminal Design Electronic Resources Library.

The estimate research duration is 15 months.

The final deliverable shall include:
• An electronic resource (website);
• A detailed manual for facilitating the management and update of the electronic resources library, as well as all the
documents and files used for designing and implementing the library;
• A report on the continuous update process for the electronic resources library and the related ACRP documents.

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.

- ACRP Project 07-15 – Airport Passenger Terminal Design/Electronic Resources Library: https://crp.trb.org/acrp0715/
- The French Civil Aviation Technical Center (DGAC/STAC) maintains an electronic resources library (in French) for all the
different parts and functions of the airport: http://www.libelaero.fr/
- Skybrary Aviation Safety by Eurocontrol: https://www.skybrary.aero/index.php/Main_Page

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