The 2,455 General Aviation Airports in the U.S. provide essential services that are uniquely available through this type of airport. A Resilience Management Plan, although expensive to contract and complicated to create, may be critical to protecting the continuity of these services. This research project provides operators with the tools necessary to effectively and efficiently develop their own Resilience Management ...more »
Current methods of assessing the condition of airport pavement and infrastructure typically require restricting access or use, closing, and/or using expensive assessment methods or tools. Technology integrated into most mobile phones (gyroscopes, accelerometers, cameras, etc.) can be used to automatically collect and wirelessly transmit infrastructure-related data to a central database providing real-time tracking of ...more »
New construction and renovation projects at airports experience cost and schedule constraints due to the unique operational aspects and differing facility types. For example, apron expansions must give heed to airside operations and terminal renovations of retail space must often take place overnight when passenger traffic in minimal. This research will investigate state of the art techniques to enhance construction sequencing ...more »
Airside infrastructure maintenance requirements are typically defined using passive sensors that detect surface phenomena only, or using devices that require slow or stationary equipment which affect capacity & delay and may even require NOTAM closures for in-depth evaluations. A need exists to streamline the evaluation process to provide real time input to aircraft operations and progressive infrastructure maintenance ...more »
Concrete overlays are a growing trend in pavement maintenance and rehabilitation. Rapid-setting concrete overlays offer the potential or reopening aprons, taxiways and runways quickly. The viability and durability of rapid setting concrete overlays over asphalt or concrete airfield pavement should be evaluated and tested in order to provide airports and consultants with suitable practice guidelines.
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 ...more »
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 ...more »
Based on extensive research supported by TxDOT and Bureau of Reclamation, two ASR test methods (i.e., a rapid aggregate chemical test called VCMD and an accelerated concrete cylinder test - ACCT) and a combined innovative approach with four recommended steps were developed for formulating performance-based alkali-silica reaction (ASR)–resistant concrete mixes. This performance based approach has a great potential to formulate ...more »
Research is needed to determine if HDPE systems provide the longevity and environmental improvements for airport fueling systems. . HDPE piping is found in nearly 90% of municipal European piping systems versus less than 10% of municipal piping systems in the United States. Research is needed to determine if HDPE systems provide the longevity and environmental improvements for airport fueling systems and reduce the ...more »
The reoccurring growth of mold and continued maintenance required to prevent discoloration of airfield paint markings poses a continued problem that draws money that would otherwise be used for pavement improvements. This research will employ recent innovations in antimicrobial research to develop a quaternary ammonium compound that can be applied as a top-coat to markings and pavement surfaces whereby the modified surface ...more »
Airport teams are ramping up innovation labs, centers and executive level positions to support critical thinking, strategy and innovation. Airports need an approach to innovation that is powerful, effective and broadly assessable, that can integrate into all aspects of the business and region, and that individuals and teams can use to generate breakthrough ideas that are implemented and have a meaningful impact in the ...more »
The development of a Primer and Guidebook to assist Airport's with assessing their readiness for digital transformation. The results of this research would support Airport's to understand exactly where they are on the transformation continuum and provide guidance and direction on the next steps of the journey.
This project would deploy and evaluate airside automated mowing.
To support the air transport industry's holistic effort to reduce maintenance costs and safety risks, research is needed to identify airport best practices that could reduce the influence of airfield pavement deicing on accelerated structural deterioration of aircraft carbon brakes and provide guidance to airports on selection and application of these best practices.
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