And the Beat Goes on

Paul Bowers

As a runner, the past two years have been difficult for me. Sure, I could still run; but without races, it just wasn’t the same. I tried virtual races, but that was just me running alone. Training with others and seeing friends at events is a big part of my joy and motivation for running.

This spring I competed in two half marathons. Being with others was so rewarding! I had missed these events and am so glad we’re back to in-person races.

The same can be said for airport conferences. I’m thrilled they’re back, too. The programmed interaction and chance meetings with other attendees will never be taken for granted again. Virtual events were fine to try, but they aren’t good substitutes for the real thing. 

Now that I’ve had a chance to compare virtual to real, I’ll never sign up for a virtual race…or exhibit virtually again.

Lately, I’ve begun to question the platitude about airport leaders being risk averse. Case in point: the three airport execs who shared their visions in a session I moderated at the International Association of Baggage System Companies summit in Dallas.

Aviation Administrator Bryant Walker discussed the technologies being used to build the new terminal at Brownsville South Padre Island Int’l. He talked about clash detection, digital twins, virtual reality and how they are used to enhance and lead the construction process.

Greg Phillips, director of Aviation at Colorado Springs Airport, is creating a forward-thinking business park. Among the companies signing on are Amazon, Aerospace Corporation, Flywheel Capital and Hotel Equities. 

Finally, there’s Eddie Clayson, director of Airport Maintenance at Salt Lake City Int’l. He briefed us on the remarkable $4.1 billion redevelopment project that is delivering a comprehensive series of much-needed operational and aesthetic upgrades throughout the entire airport.

All three airport leaders are embracing technology, innovative practices and new ideas—not because the initiatives are safe, but because they had the data and vision to see the payoffs.

In today’s world, it’s dangerous to assume what we hear is true. Judging from the body of work by Bryant, Greg and Eddie, there are leaders in our industry willing to take risks. 


Integration of GIS with CMMS & EAM Systems

A growing number of Airports, Warehouses, private and public utilities today are implementing Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) and Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) systems. In 2019, the CMMS software market was worth $0.92 billion. By 2027, it is expected to reach $1.77 billion, increasing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.58% during 2020-2027.

This developing interest in asset and maintenance management is driven by the multiple benefits that an EAM system and a CMMS offer in terms of prolonging the useful life of maturing infrastructure, and assets. On the other hand, a geographic information system (GIS) offers exceptional capabilities and flexible licensing for applying location-based analytics to infrastructures such as airports, roadways, and government facilities.
Both GIS and CMMS systems complement one another. For companies looking to increase the return on investment (ROI) on their maintenance efforts, integrating a GIS with a CMMS platform is an expected headway that can considerably improve the capabilities of their maintenance crew and give them the best results.
This whitepaper takes a closer look at the definitions and benefits of GIS, EAM, and CMMS. Moreover, it sheds light on some important considerations associated with the integration of GIS with an EAM system and CMMS. It also presents a powerful solution to streamline the integration process.


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