A Blueprint for Incorporating ORAT into Airports

Operational Readiness, Activation, and Transition, or ORAT, is a process for seamlessly managing the transfer of a new or substantially upgraded facility from the design and implementation stage to active live operation. ORAT can incorporate the integration of process, people, facilities, and systems and provide a framework that encompasses stakeholder engagement, quality control and assurance, trial activities, commissioning, training, and regulatory and certification requirements. Airports across the country are investing billions of dollars in facility development; while airports have been using some aspects of ORAT for years, formalizing the process will help them incorporate ORAT into new and ongoing project development processes. The objectives of this research are to (1) develop a WebResource and associated tools, which are scalable and adaptable, to support U.S. airports as they develop, implement, maintain, or grow an ORAT program; (2) develop a roadmap to enhance the understanding, purpose, and effectiveness of ORAT programs for airport projects; and (3) develop an executive summary of the findings to promote the effectiveness and inclusion of ORAT programs. All project types should be addressed including all terminal development (headhouse, holdroom, gates, etc.); landside development; airside development; and support facilities, utilities, and special systems. The roadmap shall provide the industry with guidelines to more fully embrace the ORAT process. It should provide airports that have not developed an ORAT program with a process to start a program.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $600000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 08-04

  • 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

  • Start Date: 20240226
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01889815
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 08-04
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 10 2023 9:18AM