Category - Runway/Ramp

Denver Int'l Revamps Pavement Markings Program

As the third largest international airport in the world, Denver International Airport (DEN) has a large volume of pavement markings to maintain throughout its 53-square-mile footprint. Surfaces include 500 lane miles of roadway (inside and outside the fence), six runways totaling 76,000 linear feet, 46,000 parking spots and about 50 lane miles of underground tunnel used to transfer baggage between concourses. In addition, there are deicing pads, aircraft parking areas and holding lots for cabs, limousines, buses and courtesy vans.

Manassas Apron Project Reaps Rewards from Reclamation Efforts

When Manassas Regional Airport completed the final phase of its nearly $11 million East Apron Rehabilitation and Expansion Program last fall, airport officials felt like they received a "two-fer." Recycling existing pavement saved both time and money.

Orlando Int'l Maximizes Taxiway Lighting Efficiency with Advanced Power Supply System

Orlando International Airport (MCO) has a long history of cutting-edge airfield improvements. More than 20 years ago, it was one of the first airports to convert to a computerized lighting control system. Last year, it was the first to install an operational FAA-sponsored runway status light system.

Denver Int'l & Portland Jetport Stand Ready for New Glycol Regs

Airports throughout the country are taking stock of their aircraft deicing strategies and wastewater systems as they anticipate new effluent limitation guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in October. The updated federal standards are expected to require commercial airports to collect a predetermined portion of their dispensed glycol and treat the resulting wastewater on- or off-site.

Collaboration & Quality Control Yield Lasting Runway Markings at Ocala Int'l

In early 2009, Runway 18-36 at Ocala International Airport in Florida was a patchwork of different pavements, and it had been nearly 20 years since its last rehabilitation or significant maintenance.

Charlotte Douglas Int'l Takes Over Deicing Operations

In an effort to control glycol recovery and improve deicing times, Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) took over US Airways' deicing operations last winter and purchased 28 new deicing trucks.

Arcata-Eureka Airport Adds Runway Safety Area

Extra runway length helps small regional airports attract larger jets and more passengers. But options are limited when an airport's runway ends at a cliff that drops 200 feet into the Pacific Ocean.

Abbotsford Int'l Chooses Prefab Field Electrical Center

In the midst of already heavy airside construction, simplicity was the guiding principle when Abbotsford International in British Columbia, Canada, chose a prefabricated airfield lighting field electrical center (ALFEC) and associated control and monitoring system for its air traffic control tower.

Fort Wayne Int'l Improves Airfield Safety with Perimeter Road Reconstruction

Until late last year, Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) in Indiana operated under trying circumstances, to say the least. Because the airport's fixed-base operations (FBO) and fuel farm were located on opposite sides of the airfield, fuel trucks regularly crossed an active runway to conduct standard fueling operations.

San Diego Int'l Uses Mobile System to Test Runway Lighting

At San Diego International Airport (SAN), runway lighting is tested on the go. A pickup pulls a two-wheeled trailer that houses an array of sensors, which feed data to a laptop computer in the cab of the truck. The trailer is also equipped with a global positioning system that pinpoints and records the exact location of underperforming lights.

Nashville Int'l Reconstructs One Runway, Rehabs Another

In August 2009, Nashville International Airport (BNA) shut down runway 2L-20R for reconstruction. A 2007 evaluation of the 35-year-old pavement found accelerated deterioration resulting from an alkali-silica reaction. The pavement was cracking and showing structural deficiencies; within five years, the evaluation concluded, the runway would fall below minimal service levels.

Elmira Corning Airport Saves Time & Money With Multipurpose Snow Removal Equipment

Faced with the prospect of having to clear snow for more aircraft, but do so with fewer staff members, Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM) in Horseheads, NY, recently purchased a $757,000 vehicle that allows a single operator to simultaneously plow and sweep.

Getting a Grip on Runways

Over the last 15 years, more than 100 fatalities have occ urred as A result of aircraft overruns directly related to "poor" runwa y braking action. The key to lowering this number is proper runway friction testing. While accidents like those at Chicago Midway Airport in 2005 and Broome County Airport in 1989 have led to improved technologies and testing practices, there is still room for improvement.

FAA, Randolph County Support General Aviation with New Runway

When the Randolph County Airport broke ground for a new runway last summer, it was the largest FAA-funded general aviation project in Indiana history.

Continental Revamps Ramp at Newark Liberty

Project Clean Slate is well underway at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. The Continental Airlines initiative that began in late 2007 is steadily redesigning the carrier's space in Terminals A and C to better accommodate aircraft with added winglets.

Fort Campbell Army Airfield Lights Up with Solar

For eight years, Fort Campbell Army Airfield in Kentucky operated with a single main runway. But late last October, its other 4,500-foot runway (18/36) and 2,500-foot heliport (Destiny 23) reopened with a newly rehabilitated runway and new solar-powered lights.

Bellingham Int'l Completes $29 Million Runway Rehab in 22 Days

On Aug. 31, Bellingham International Airport (BLI) in Washington shut down its only runway for extensive rehabilitation at 11 p.m. Twenty-two days and 70,000 tons of asphalt later, a Horizon Air flight lifted off its new runway at 5:20 a.m. - despite unseasonably wet weather, even by Pacific Northwest standards.

Whitetop Project at Elkhart Municipal Delivers More than Runway Improvements

When the main runway at Indiana's Elkhart Municipal Airport needed resurfacing in July 2009, the stars aligned in an unusual way to help get the project done with better materials and for less money - even in a seriously slumping local economy.

Dane County Regional's Glycol Recovery System Goes Underground

In 1991, Madison, Wisconsin's Dane County Regional Airport was one of the first airports in the Midwest to build a glycol recovery system. The system essentially consisted of a pond that held aircraft deicing runoff that was treated with aeration until it could be discharged into a local waterway or the sanitary sewer system, depending on its biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) concentration.

Dallas Love Falls in Love with a Hog

People in love tend to gush about the object of their affections. Timothy Smith, airfield superintendent of Dallas Airport System, gushes about a hog - a Stripe Hog® paint and rubber removal vehicle, to be exact.

False River Regional Considers Solar LEDs a Logical Electrical Decision

It takes a lot of energy and light bulbs to keep taxiway lights operating all night long. With an investment of $130,000, one Louisiana airport is reducing its need for both by storing the sun's energy for nighttime use.

FOD Fighters

Just as foreign object debris and damage (FOD) come in many shapes and sizes, so do the programs airports develop to battle them. Vancouver International Airport was the first commercial airport in the world to address the issue with high-resolution radar and video cameras that are able to shoot day and night.

Safety-driven Runway Project Paves Way to Environmental Accolades

The desire to enhance safety, increase capacity and reduce noise led to the addition of a new parallel runway at St. Lucie County International Airport in Florida last September. But the idea had been brewing for more than a decade.

Enhanced Fleet Speeds Snow Removal & Provides Volume Accounting at Montreal's Trudeau Int'l

Just like their customers, northern airports dread delays caused by snow events. To speed snow removal at Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport, airport authority Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) replaced nearly all of its fleet of snow removal vehicles and attachments for the 2008/2009 season.

Crossfield Taxiway Makes Way For Bigger Things to Come at LAX

The new $88 million crossfield taxiway that opened at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) this spring does more than connect the north and south airfield complexes.


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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