Research Projects

Create, Host, and Maintain Airport Emergency Planning Template Website In Reserve

Convert an already-developed tool for preparing NIMS/ICS compliant airport emergency plans (AEPs) to a web-based product and to host and maintain the tool/website for 3 years.

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

ACRP Project 04-19: Airport Emergency Planning Template: NIMS - Incident Command System Compliance was approved and funded by the AOC in July 2014. The original objectives of the project were to develop (1) an electronic template that will extract airport-user input information and text through interactive sequential inquiries in order to prepare a draft airport-specific, NIMS/ICS compliant Airport Emergency Plan; (2) a user-guide, training curriculum and tools for learning how to use the template; and (3) electronic interactive instructions and guidance embedded into the template to help users understand the regulatory context of each element of the AEP with cross-references to Part 139, Advisory Circular 150/5200-31C, and other relevant documents for guidance. The intented methods of disseminating the tool were either by CD-ROM or by download. However, at the conclusion of the project, it was realized that the tool's dissemination and implementation would be extremely hampered due to the increased use of company firewalls and other factors related to the original limitations placed on the initial specification limits of the tool. The project panel and ACRP staff believe that the optimal solution for dissemination and use of the tool would be by asking the tool's developer (i.e., the contractor who undertook the original research) to modify the tool to make it compatible with hosting on the web, host the tool on a website, and maintain the tool for 3 years.

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

• Convert the existing tool to be 31-C compliant, securely available on the Web;
• Update the tool to feature a modern, intuitive graphic user interface;
• Revise and enhance training aids to correspond to the new format; and
• Host, maintain, and support the online tool in the Amazon Web Services environment for three years.

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

The estimated cost for this follow-on project is $190,000 and includes:
• Conversion and enhancement of the tool to a 31-C compliant version securely available on the web. Additional specifications would include:
o Updated intuitive graphic user interface
o Airport-specific access control
o Multiple user support
o AEP version control
o Training aids
o Hosting, maintenance, and support via Amazon Web Services for 3 years.

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.

This effort would build on the original project, ACRP 04-19, as described above.

Requested Allocation (For ACRP Use Only) $190,000

Idea No. 155