Paul Bowers

We’ve all heard the phrase, “When you’ve seen one airport, you’ve seen one airport.”

The same can be said for airport art. By its very nature, artwork is unique. Kind of like snowflakes…or terminals. The right piece can be the perfect finishing touch for new construction or a newly renovated space; but it can also breathe new life into existing facilities. 

There is some incredible artwork on display at North American airports. And it’s not art for art’s sake; it’s art for passengers’ sake. 

That’s why we’ve decided to introduce a new feature in 2020: Artscapes. Our objective is simply to present airport art for your personal enjoyment and inspiration. Perhaps something will even stimulate discussion or thought about what’s possible at your own facility.  

Our “first olive out of the jar” is a whimsical choice: the Funk Muffins exhibit at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. I think it’s quite delightful. Turn to Page 76 to see what you think. After all, art is subjective. That’s one of the great things about it. 

If you have a piece of art or an installation you’re especially proud of, please bring it to my attention. You can email me at I look forward to seeing what your airport has chosen to showcase. Who knows? It may be just the kind of Artscape we’d like to feature in the magazine. 

As always, thanks for reading.


Paul Bowers, Publisher

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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