Research Projects

Guidance on Holistic Airport Master Planning

Guidance on holisitic master planning that goes beyond just future

facility and infrastructure that includes the sub categories such as IT,

Operations, Security and Maintenance as examples. It would also provide guidance on how to develop a "plan" for the ancillary operating areas and how important components may be rolled into a true master plan

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

Airports have been creating Master Plans for decades. The FAA has issued Advisory Circular(s) (AC) currently as 150/5070-6B. The AC is heavily focused on facilities and infrastructure tied to growth and or life cycles as well as obtaining grant funding. These original Airport Master Plans were heavily focused on design, construction, environment and growth. In the past 10 to 15 years the Informational Technology (IT) has become an integral piece to nearly every airport project and is expected that IT growth and enhancements will continue at a rapid pace. Security plans and infrastructure support are also ever changing and ever growing as are airport operations Part 139 and maintenance. As a result these various operational areas have been developing their own "Master Plans". The day to day operating areas of the airport need to be considered more as part of the overall Master Plan and not be managed in a silo. If all of these various airport plans are all called Master Plans and developed separately what does constitute a "Master" plan?

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

Guidance on holisitic master planning that goes beyond just future
facility and infrastructure that includes the sub categories such as IT,
Operations, Security and Maintenance as examples. It would also provide guidance on how to develop a "plan" for the ancillary operating areas and how important components may be rolled into a true master plan

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

Research airports, both domestic and international for documents pertaining to master planning, ie., Airport, IT, Security, operations and maintenance, research and document how airports utilize several of the planning documents in a cohesive manner, utilize at a minimum two airports from each category that utilize more than one master plan, create a table of contents template inclusive of multi operational/functional master plans, vet the template with airports, create guidance for each section of the table f contents to be used as a template by airports

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

$400,000. I have worked on many ACRP projects and understand the cost especially of doing research and in this case multiple airports need to be involved and site visits would need to be done

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.

FAA 150/5070-6B - ACRP Airport Master Plans; ACRP Report 20 Strategic Planning in the Airport Industry; ACRP Report 16 Guidebook for Managing Small Airports; ACRP Synthesis 14 Airport System Planning Practices; Program for Applied Research in Airport Security (PARAS). PARAS 0011 Guidance for Airport Security Master Planning; ACRP Report 25 Airport Passenger Terminal Planning and Design

Voting

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Idea No. 114