Research Projects

Development of Baggage Handling System decision making framework based on total cost of ownership

Baggage Handling Systems (BHS) are critical pieces of infrastructure at every airport. They are large, complex, and costly to operate, and their lack of performance can have massive impacts on airport, airlines, and passengers. The research aims to provide airport stakeholders with a set of tools to make the best, transparent decisions regarding their BHS from a total cost of ownership perspective. Expanding on current evaluation metrics defined in the TSA's Planning Guidelines and Design Standards (PGDS), a total cost of ownership evaluation method including capital costs, operational and maintenance costs, performance costs, and indirect costs such as missed bags and gate turn time.

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Idea No. 210