The National Academies

ACRP 11-02/Task 29 [Final]

Research Roadmap in the Area of Airport Operations and Maintenance
[ ACRP 11-02 (Quick Response for Special Needs) ]

  Project Data
Research Agency: HMMH
Principal Investigator: Katherine B. Preston
Effective Date: 7/17/2017
Completion Date: 11/30/2018


As an industry-driven research program, ACRP relies on a flow of quality research ideas into the program. One important element to this flow is a research roadmap that is defined as a dynamic strategic research plan in a specific topic area that identifies gaps in knowledge and practice, key opportunities and challenges, and outlines and prioritizes specific research ideas needed to address these gaps. The intent of a roadmap is to facilitate industry development of problem statements and identify future research.
Airport operations and maintenance of all types and sizes of airports typically share the same mission or similar missions in their day-to-day operations and long-term planning. These missions include, for example, regulatory compliance, asset management, and operational efficiency and effectiveness, among others. Understanding these common missions can be helpful in organizing and understanding where there are knowledge gaps. A research roadmap will further define and prioritize those areas of further research in the area of airport operations and maintenance.
The objective of this research is to develop a research roadmap in the area of airport operations and maintenance. The roadmap should be a prioritized list of topics/themes for the industry, and for ACRP, to consider for the next 3 to 5 years.

The Roadmap has been published as Web-Only Document 37: Research Roadmap in the Area of Airport Operations and Maintenance  Additionally, there is an interactive version of the roadmap, a searchable Excel file of research ideas, and a narrated Powerpoint that provides an overview of the project and how to read the visual research roadmap.

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