Airport Baggage Handling System Decision-Making Based on Total Cost of Ownership

Airports take a wide range of approaches to designing and building baggage handling systems (BHS). Most systems are designed and built with a focus on minimizing capital costs without much consideration given to the future costs of performance, operations, and maintenance. ACRP Research Report 172: Guidebook for Considering Life-Cycle Costs in Airport Asset Procurement provides broad total cost of ownership guidance for airport infrastructure projects; however, it does provide specific guidance for BHS. In addition, airports lack guidance for benchmarking and tracking BHS total cost of ownership, and incorporating it into financial models. Research is needed to develop a guidebook for airport stakeholders for incorporating total cost of ownership for BHS, including related infrastructure and resources. The objective of this research is to develop a guidebook for incorporating total cost of ownership into BHS decision-making, including related infrastructure and resources.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $344666
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 03-53

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Navarrete, Joseph

  • Performing Organizations:

    Studdiford Technical Solutions

    Alexandria, VA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Studdiford, Larry

  • Start Date: 20200520
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220325
  • Actual Completion Date: 20220325

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01713676
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 03-53
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 12 2019 9:55PM