Mainstream Sustainability

Paul Bowers

This November/December issue of the magazine will be distributed at the 15th Annual Airports Going Green (AGG), which is back in Chicago, where the conference was born. We’ve supported AGG over the years and have created special content to match.

When looking over the slate of stories in this edition, some were included specifically for their sustainability angles while others could fit just as well in other issues. And in some cases, the sustainability story emerged late in the game.

A prime example of the latter is the new ground transportation center at Bradley International (see Page 32). The story begins by discussing airport growth, rental cars, efficiency and the all-important customer experience. All typical ingredients for our stories.

But there’s also a sidebar about electric car charging, which came to light late in the process. What wasn’t a big issue in 2017 when plans for the new facility were first drawn up evolved significantly? The airport added the infrastructure needed to support the number of electric vehicles rental car companies are now bringing online. Having a two-car charging station just won’t do anymore, and this new transportation center reflects that.

Kudos to BDL for working toward market realities that aren’t too far into the distance.

And kudos to our industry for mainstreaming sustainability!


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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