State of Play

Paul Bowers
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Paul Bowers

Like many of you, I've been in this industry for many years. And why not? It's a great industry that really gets into your blood.

All too often when we look at our airports, businesses and industry, it's difficult to pinpoint when direction has changed or momentum has shifted. When did we fall into a recession and then climb out? When did sustainability become so important to airports? When did a $4.50 PFC become inadequate?

In the midst of a shift, it's hard to know exactly how the landscape is changing. Only later can we look back with surety to acknowledge what has occurred.

So how do we know where we are, what has momentum and what we should be doing?

Benchmarking provides some of the answers. Without benchmarking, it's all too easy to become absorbed in a comfortable schedule and routine, perhaps armed with faulty or dated information.

In the lifecycle of a magazine, Airport Improvement is young. It wasn't long ago that the business plan carved out the state of airport content needs, the right editorial to meet those needs and a distribution to target those who wield power, influence and decision-making ability. In December, we embarked on some benchmarking of our own and invited each of you to give us feedback on a variety of topics.

Where are we at? Here are a few select nuggets:

• Three quarters of you still prefer content provided in print.

• Runway/ramp is the area targeted by more airports than any other for 2010 improvements (54%); terminals are next with 49%.

• Over 90% of you take some action as a result of reading articles in Airport Improvement.

• No two projects are alike.

• The industry readily endorses a publication focused on airport project work highlighting the contributions of airport personnel, consultants and major vendors.

The data gathered helps confirm where we are as an industry and what your informational needs are. Our job is to interpret these results and deliver what you're looking for. This January/February issue is the first step.

Thank you for all of your support and involvement.



Publisher's Column

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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