Guidebook for Digital Twin Programs at Airports

The objective of this research is to provide a guidebook for airports to understand the concept of digital twins and the potential stakeholder benefits, and develop a roadmap for implementation of a digital twin program. The guidebook and roadmap should be scalable to airports of all sizes and accompanied by an executive summary for airport leadership. The guidebook should address and/or include, at a minimum: (1) A glossary of terms; (2) An introduction and definition of digital twins; (3) The range of requirements (security, legal, data systems, functionality, personnel, budget, training, etc.) for implementation of digital twins; (4) An overview of current data visualization techniques, platforms, and technologies; (5) Explore partnerships for both funding and data sourcing; (6) General use cases for digital twins focusing on different airports functions (i.e., landside, terminal, airside, and cargo operations); (7) At least four (4) specific airport case studies incorporating airports of various sizes, technological maturity, etc.; and (8) At least one (1) case study from outside the aviation industry. The roadmap should make sure to address the following elements at a minimum: (1) Identifying and developing a digital twin use case template; (2) Identifying and collecting necessary data, both real-time and historical; (3) Incorporating predicative analytics tools; (4) Reporting and using the outcomes to make decisions; (5) Program governance including data and platform ownership; and (6) Program maintenance and upgrades.  


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $350000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 03-66

  • 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:

    Griffin, Matthew

  • Performing Organizations:


    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Jones, William

  • Start Date: 20220810
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240209
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01779210
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 03-66
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 18 2021 9:28AM