Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Problems. Topic S09-07. Building Information Modeling for Airports

Airport managers continually look to manage assets in ways that maximize facility life cycle value and minimize the true cost of ownership. Over the past several years, airports have seen a paradigm shift in the way projects are procured, designed, constructed and operated. Increasingly, teams are assembled to address a project for its entire life cycle, with sustainability as a theme which underpins airport asset management. In the past, airport operators would contract for design and documentation. A construction contractor would then take design documents and construct the airport facility. Following completion of construction, another airport department would manage the facility and be responsible for ongoing operations and maintenance. Enterprise building information modeling (BIM) allows all involved in conceptualizing through demolishing a facility to have a shared knowledge resource for information about the facility so that all may understand how decisions will affect the use and costs throughout its life cycle. BIM is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. It can be shared by designers, constructors, operators and maintainers to provide reliable information for decision making throughout the facility's life-cycle. BIM offers tools that allow airport operators to understand all components of a facility and its attributes graphically and systematically to minimize the total cost of owning and operating an airport facility. Currently there is little guidance for airport operators on how to implement BIM process from project conception through engineering design, construction, operation and maintenance and final demolition. Although several airports have utilized the BIM process in their development programs, there is no document of their experiences in using BIM to understand the impacts of design strategies proposed by one discipline on the other disciplines or departments within the airport. A compilation of existing literature and experience would help airports understand the opportunities available when engaging in the BIM. Compiling effective practices for creation, implementation, and use of a comprehensive enterprise BIM process for airport operators will help show the way forward. The objective of this study is to compile literature and experience on the uses of the enterprise BIM process at airports. The audience is airport managers who are considering the use of BIM to manage airport facilities and other assets.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Staba, Gail

  • Start Date: 20150501
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20161231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37584

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  • Accession Number: 01543413
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 14 2014 1:01AM