In Good Company

Paul Bowers, Publisher

The storied FAA Airport Improvement Program turns 40 this month. In addition, overall federal grants-in-aid programs are 75 years old. That is a real achievement, and something that has made a lasting impact on the U.S. airport system. For more about what these programs mean, and how they evolved, click here.

The name Airport Improvement is universally recognized in our industry. Airports big and small know AIP and associate it with valuable resources that help our collective infrastructure grow with the changing times.

When launching this publication in 2008, we wanted a name that already had universal recognition and conveyed a sense of growth and strength. We had a list of options to consider, but none matched what we wanted our publication to represent better than Airport Improvement, literally and figuratively. And so it was that Airport Improvement magazine was launched. To this day, we have never regretted our decision. In this month of May 2021, with the Airport Improvement Program celebrating its 40th anniversary, we thank Congress and FAA for AIP—for all the help it provides to airports and for providing the inspiration for the name of our magazine.

We also celebrate the beginning of a post-pandemic travel rebound, and look forward to seeing many of you at industry events that are slowly starting to be held in person.

I feel grateful for how we have endured, sustained and even improved over the past 14 months during the pandemic. Thank goodness for help from long-running programs like AIP!


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.


New Podcast Series: Airport Chatter with Jonathan Norman

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