Research Projects

Geospatial Data Governance - Organizational Factors and Best Practices In Reserve

Airport and related aviation organizations generate and absorb large amounts of data, particularly geospatial data such as CAD, GIS, BIM, LiDAR, and aerial imagery. How can airports leadership and staff learn from industry best practices, including from others such as university campuses, in terms of effectively managing the flow of data to facility operations, maintenance, and other end-users, so they are not held up in silos such as engineering/construction/architectural projects?

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

As deploying geospatial-related (i.e., GIS/CAD/BIM) software systems and applications has become easier with the advent of cloud and modular solutions, airports often struggle with feeding those systems with timely, accurate, and complete data. These applicatoins may vary from Different stakeholders within and outside of an airport organization historic seem to have a piece or interest of the data, but there is often little to no holistic, organized, and systematic method to ensuring quality data is developed and disseminated in a timely manner for specific airport business needs. How can airports better orchestrate the flow of information through data governance practices? What are industry best practices, including for other campus environments such as universities, hospitals, pharmaceutical plants, etc.? Ideas for best practices include building cross-organizational relationships, instituting roles and responsibilities, organizational culture/leadership and related staff persuasion, and establishing policies and procedures. Often data is "locked up" within engineering/architecture/construction project silos, is not scoped, prepared, and managed appropriately for facility management, and does not get effectively delivered to staff who maintain and operate an airport on a daily basis.

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

- Literature search including across other industry verticals, focusing on organizational behavior/factors and data to support technical needs.

- Case studies from both airports and other industries with large campus environments (e.g., universities, health care, and manufacturing facilities).

- Document best practices - what 3-5 things work? Need to ensure airport operations/maintenance staff see "success" of getting data from construction projects.

- Strategies for leverage and scaling - how do airports, who often are overwhelmed with large volumes of disparate data, prioritize data governance, including for implementing information technology solutions with potential geospatial components, such as asset management, capital planning and program management, and compliance in areas such as fire and life safety, security, and airfield protection. This also includes integration of geospatial data with other business systems such as asset management, financial, and passenger experience purposes.

- Samples/templates - electronic data submittal contractual language, data development and maintenance workflows, training materials. Training material should include methods for airport executives and managers to work with staff in terms of human resources, policies and procedures, and change management, to align an organization for cross-departmental data governance.

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


As this is intended to be a comprehensive guidebook with case studies looking at both airports and other industries, and strategies, samples, templates, $450,000 should be budgeted to ensure both breadth and depth of this issue are covered.

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 09-15 Building Information Modeling (BIM) Beyond Design

ACRP Report 191 - A Primer to Prepare for the Connected Airport and the Internet of Things

ACRP 03-37 - Using GIS for Collaborative Land Use Compatibility Planning

ACRP Synthesis 65 - Practices to Develop Effective Stakeholder Relationships at Smaller Airports

ACRP Synthesis 59 - Integrating Airport Geographic Information System (GIS) Data with Public Agency GIS

Idea No. 204