Getting Back on Track

Paul Bowers

Let it be said that we are a resilient industry, people. Those so-called experts who predicted that the post-pandemic traffic recovery would be measured in years, not months, missed the mark.

Yes, the COVID-19 crisis was tragic. But its impact to our industry is temporary, with the long-term trajectory of passenger growth uninterrupted.

So what have we learned from this recent experience?

1. Aviation continues its unmistakable upward long-term growth.

2. Innovation is born in times of crisis.

3. Models for airport design predicated on social distancing requirements were a waste of time and money.

4. Airports that continued to prepare for growth during the pandemic are being rewarded. The temporary hiatus of passenger traffic afforded teams to complete projects faster and at lower costs. These airports are now better prepared for the resurgent traffic and associated revenue that comes with it.

5. Airports that shelved projects due to a predicted long-term slump are now literally paying for their lack of activity in the form of higher prices, labor shortages and extended completion dates.

Throughout the pandemic, Airport
magazine has highlighted
airports and project teams that prepared for the return of passengers that we are experiencing
today. Fortunately, there was a plethora of them to choose
from. Thank you for sharing your stories.

I also want to thank our advertisers who had the courage and vision to see the path forward for our airports, as well as their own businesses, by investing in our industry.

I’m excited for all of us and welcome what the future will bring.



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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