Runway & Ramp Special Edition

Paul Bowers, Publisher

Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends. We’re so glad you could attend. Come inside! Come inside.

For those of you old enough to know this Emerson, Lake & Palmer lyric from the early ’70s, you’re welcome for the earworm.

Airport Improvement wasn’t around in the early ’70s, but we have been covering runways in every issue since the magazine was launched in 2008. A huge nomination list of compelling runway stories inspired our annual Runway & Ramp edition, which we’ve been publishing since 2010. It’s a real honor to provide airports throughout North America with an entire issue dedicated to airfield projects. No other magazine does it. 

Given that we still have more project nominations for runways than any other category, it’s easy to devote an entire issue to this special content. The hard part is sifting through all the great story ideas to select the best ones to share with you.

What’s so special or interesting about the airfield projects profiled this year? It’s the ingenuity of the airports, their consultants and suppliers. For instance…

Who knew that the shape of runway grooves could be so important? Well, Cardinal/International Grooving and Grinding recommends trapezoids rather than traditional square cuts. See why here.

The installation of engineered material arresting systems (EMAS) has been a lifesaver. Literally. But did you know that the EMAS available today are quite different from those installed 10 years ago? The SAN story here will tell
you more.

Lastly, even ordinary walkways can inspire. Look to our Artscapes feature here. The maintenance staff at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International painted the floor of a pedestrian tunnel to match the appearance of 4-22, the airport’s 7,501-foot main runway. Not only did they paint the runway, but they also installed runway lights on either side.

Please enjoy these and other examples of airport ingenuity in this special edition.


New Podcast Series: Airport Chatter with Jonathan Norman

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.
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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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