Good Ideas to Pass Along

Paul Bowers

We’ve been getting a lot of press releases lately reporting individual airports’ annual passenger counts. And the news is good! As an industry, it looks like 2015 could be the best year ever for passenger traffic here in North America. Not to be outdone, it’s a great time to be one of the major airlines, too. Their profits may top $30 billion, roughly double what they earned in 2014.

Given the market conditions, you’d think it would be easy for airports to tap into funds necessary to build for the future, right? Not necessarily. The PFC has been stuck at the same cap for years, and there aren’t enough AIP dollars for everyone. This leaves airports behind when it comes to funding projects needed to accommodate the passenger growth we’ve been experiencing. 

So what’s an airport to do? Not surprisingly, there isn’t one easy answer. It all depends on each airport’s particular circumstances. And that’s why we bring you issue after issue filled with articles about how airports throughout North America are funding and executing successful projects.

In this edition, learn how Lafayette Regional Airport in Lafayette, LA, used a project-specific, short-term sales tax to fund a new terminal. The story details how airport and local leaders worked together to solve the project’s funding shortfall. Just as important, airport officials were able to effectively communicate their vision to the key influencers and voters of Lafayette Parish. While this may not work for your airport, we’re hoping the article inspires you to tap unique funding sources that will.  

On another topic, I want to send a shout out to ACI-NA for a highly successful CEO Forum. Attendance was greater than in 2015, and the content was spot on. 


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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