We’ll Get There

Paul Bowers, Publisher

It has been a little more than a year since our industry hit a major bout of turbulence. I’m not sure how many of you would have predicted how things would look one year later, but there’s no doubt that we’ve changed.

No, there wasn’t an apocalyptic crash of our airport system, or our economy, for that matter. On the other hand, passenger traffic and airport revenues have taken a substantial hit. As is typically the case, the take-home summary is not a simple black-or-white conclusion.

So, what are some takeaways from the past pandemic-filled year?

For starters, governmental funding made a pivotal difference. The CARES Act, supplemental AIP dollars and other relief payments were huge factors that are helping buoy U.S. airports. Not only did this money prop up payrolls and operations, it provided valuable funds for infrastructure projects. Conversely, Canadian airports, without federal aid, were left to fend for themselves; and reduced headcounts and operations were much more common.

On a related front, airport improvements continued at a terrific pace. Sure, some projects were delayed or scaled back. But overall, they are still happening at a rate needed to continue long-term industry growth. In fact, project rates follow the trends we’ve experienced over the last decade more than they reflect the realities of depressed passenger counts from 2020 and early 2021. Just look inside in this issue for examples. There is a plethora of stories about airports expanding their facilities and services to meet tomorrow’s growth, not stuck in pandemic-induced stagnation.

Lastly, we all “made do” with Zoom calls and virtual conferences while travel restrictions were in place, but they, too, will fade from prominence. Just as customers are eager to dine at restaurants rather than outside in tents outfitted with propane heaters, passengers will choose to fly for business and pleasure rather than settle for virtual communications. I, for one, can’t wait for that day. 


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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