Develop practical guidance to airports on how to map existing utilities, preferably without excavations, to avoid damage during airside construction, based on best practices by the industry and latest tools and technology available,
Develop and create modeling that airports can use to pro-actively measure the effectiveness of safety. Further, establish a common system and categories of investments in safety and how they are tracked.
Provide information regarding innovative ways to improve the accuracy and efficiency of airfield inspections. These might include handheld devises that are linked to a GIS platform, as an example.
Develop guidance to assist airports in managing ground service providers and their equipment. Pro-active inspections or equipment, measuring the effectiveness of driver training, and identifying root causes of accidents involving GSE is critical to improving safety on ramps at airports.
Provide guidance for how to pro-actively assess pending or immanent winter storms at an individual airport. SMS and SRM processes directly apply to winter storm preparedness and management. By providing information on how to make such efforts part of the normal planning process, airports can improve not only safety but the effectiveness and efficiency of airport winter operations.
Develop guidance for airports on the impacts, risks, and effective mitigation strategies for addressing cognitive fatigue in airport personnel. The research should explore the root causes of fatigue, how fatigue impacts human performance, and approaches to minimize the risks associated with employee fatigue.
Conduct research and synthesize the practices of airports and other industries on the extension of safety management system processes across the organization in efforts to minimize the effectiveness, understanding and efficiency of safety management.
Create a guidebook for airport operators that outlines the elements and procedures for conducting an effective safety investigation. The research would provide airport leadership the knowledge and tools to properly investigate safety incidents so as to identify safety hazards, their root cases, and the human factors behind undesired outcomes.
Develop a report that addresses approaches for airports to integrate SMS processes airside wide with the focus being on the role of the airport in coordinating the various safety management efforts ongoing with stakeholders.
Conduct research toward the creation of a report that provides recommendations to airports on the data that can be used in a proactive and predictive way, providing airport decision makers with information to make safety decisions to prevent accidents.
Conduct research on the methods used by airports and other industries to measure and communicate safety performance through safety performance indicators. Include methods by which airports communicate safety performance indicators and trends to leadership.
Conduct research on the variations and efficacy of risk matrices used by airports with SMS in place, and other organizations and industries with mature risk management processes.
Based on research of best practices by the industry, plan and design a tool to support sharing of experiences among airports. The tool should be user friendly for those posting their experiences as well as for those searching for best practices related to airport safety.