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ACRP Badge and Medallion Award Program

The proposed research is designed to develop a comprehensive series of awards to recognize the achievement of individuals who have studied and mastered specific topical ACRP Reports, related Syntheses, webcasts, and other materials. Participants are recognized through a system of badges, medallions, and certificates. This program loosely emulates the iconic Boy Scout/Girl Scout Merit Badge programs.

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Financial Impacts of Climate Change

Airports need to build resilience and understand the potential long term impacts of climate change. However, they bump up against costs of implementing projects with resilience elements because there is little aviation specific data regarding the return of investment of such projects and the overall financial risks of climate change. Additionally, as insurance and the availability to retain loans gets more in line with... more »

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Implementing a Positive Culture and Enhancing the Employee Experience

The purpose of this idea is to engage in a research process to develop an airport industry Guidebook and Toolkit on topics related to implementing a positive culture and enhancing the employee experience within airports. The end product would be a set of user-friendly products to guide airports in enhancing their culture and employee experience to improve retention.

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Guidance on Concept Planning and Designing of Airport Coordination Centers

Airports are increasingly interested in bringing multi-discipline subject matter experts together in a common environment to improve collaborative decision making during regular and irregular operations. Guidance on how to plan and design for these centers is needed.

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Potential Airport Pathways to Net Zero Carbon Emissions: Who, What, When, Where, & How?

As air travel rebounds from the COVID pandemic, the aviation industry will again be under increasing public pressure (i.e. flight shaming) to decarbonize its operations to align with the global goal of "net zero carbon emissions by 2050." Some airports are already being asked by local officials, regulatory agencies, and NGOs to identify their planned strategies and milestones to meet this long-term target. The proposed... more »

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Guidebook for Improved Data Privacy Management

Airports are collecting and processing a large amount of data from a traveler, including but not limited to personal identification, medical records (COVID-19 related), and biometric information. The guidebook intends to analyze the status quo of how US airports handle data privacy and to inform airport stakeholders of a comprehensive strategy to guide them towards better data privacy management.

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Digital Twin for Airports : Why and How?

Virtually building a "digital twin" of an airport is becoming increasingly popular by architects and engineers who need to more efficiently plan, design, and build; staff who need to effectively operate and maintain these complex facilities; and managers who constantly need to make informed decisions. The concepts behind a digital twin (e.g. graphical representation of facilities, recording current status of assets, systems... more »

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Legal Aspects of Airport Programs

Reconciling Privacy Laws with Biometric Innovation at Airports

It is proposed to conduct legal research to produce a survey of Federal, state, and foreign privacy laws applicable to the collection and use of biometric technology by the air industry, analyses and categorization of pertinent laws, and their requirements, and a discussion of practices best designed to foster compliance.

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Transitioning Airport Central Utility Plants to Electric

For airports considering transitioning to electric equipment at Central Utility Plants to meet air quality regulations and sustainability goals, there is a need for a comprehensive evaluation of appropriate alternative technologies (including costs), retrofits needed, and strategies to minimize life cycle costs of new equipment. A model of potential energy, water, and greenhouse gas reductions is also needed to inform... more »

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Airport Microgrid Toolkit Upgrade and Host Identification

To improve the ACRP Airport Microgrid Implementation Toolkit ("the Toolkit") project funded through ACRP (ACRP 10-26: Airport Microgrid Implementation Toolkit)by updating cost and technology information and identifying a long-term host.

ACRP 10-26 generated a potentially unprecedented level of media and government interest in a TRB project including coverage in CNBC and a formal progress inquiry from Congress. Microgrids... more »

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Guidance on Developing an Airport Service Operator Business Model trending idea

A Service Operator Model (SOM) is a business model for airports to consider adopting which is a change for most U.S. airports from a landlord management approach to a more collaborative business approach by managing all of the functional areas of the passenger journey. The Guidance will describe initial steps such as developing the business model that fits your airport.

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Delivering Cost-Effective Training for Airfield Electricians for General Aviation and Other Small Airports

When a natural disaster or accident disrupts the airfield lighting and electrical system, the lack of staff or available local qualified airfield electricians may seriously delay the recovery of airfield operations. Airfield electrical systems are inherently dangerous; therefore, special training is required to maintain safely.

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Update to Report 160: Addressing Significant Weather Impacts on Airports

The data in the original report and supporting the tool is from 1990-2000, and airports need guidance and information based on the latest climate data to accurately assess risk and plan mitigation strategies. This research update idea was developed as part of project ACRP 11-02/39, Environmental Products Update and is one of the priorities identified by the research team and through industry outreach.

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