Using Collaborative Decision Making to Enhance the Management of Adverse Conditions

Collaborative decision making (CDM) is the process whereby airports, airlines, and other stakeholders (including those referenced in ACRP Reports 137: Guidebook for Advancing Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) at Airports and ACRP Report 153: IROPS Stakeholder Communication and Coordination) share information to improve policies, planning, and decisions affecting airport operations. CDM is also about developing procedures to anticipate, prevent, and mitigate potential problems arising from adverse internal and external conditions. CDM has been implemented in the United States for many years, and until very recently this program has mainly focused on cooperation and data sharing between FAA and the airlines. Airports are now at the threshold of becoming fully active partners in CDM. ACRP Report 137 provides guidance to airport operators about the value of CDM and how to integrate the process into airport operations and planning. This project would expand on the research presented in ACRP Report 137 with a greater focus on the implementation of CDM and all aspects related to the continuum of disruptions [i.e., continuity events, irregular operations (IROPS), emergencies, and incidences, as defined in Special Note B]. The objective of this research is to develop an implementation toolbox to serve as a go-to manual for airports and their stakeholders for effective use of CDM to enhance the management of a continuum of disruptions at a variety of types and sizes of airports. The toolbox should address and /or include at a minimum: (1) A compendium of implementation practices to apply CDM principles and tools as provided in ACRP Report 137 as they apply to the continuum of disruptions; (2) Identification of the benefits of CDM as applied to the mitigation of the continuum of disruptions; (3) The use of data sharing to drive internal and external communication; (4) Techniques for engaging stakeholders with an emphasis on airline partners at the system operations level; (5) An effective approach to standardization (the 6-step process as outlined in ACRP Report 65 and ACRP Report 153); (6) A consolidated glossary of key and new common terminology; (7) Guidance on how to use CDM to ensure scalability and flexibility across all types and sizes of airports for the continuum of disruptions; and (8) Templates for communication criteria for international operational diversions.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $300000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 10-27

  • 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:

    Schatz, Theresia

  • Performing Organizations:


    One Penn Plaza
    250 W 34th Street
    New York, New York  United States  10119
  • Principal Investigators:

    Le Bris, Gael

  • Start Date: 20190708
  • Expected Completion Date: 20200915
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01677212
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 10-27
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 30 2018 3:03PM