The National Academies

ACRP Synthesis 11-03/Topic S01-19 [Active (Synthesis)]

Data Acquisition and Protocols for Risk Management
[ ACRP 11-03 (Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices) ]

  Project Data
Funds: $45,000
Staff Responsibility: Thomas J. Helms, Jr.
Fiscal Year: 2018

Final Scope

Airports and their related infrastructure and operations are exposed to a wide range of evolving hazards and associated risks. Airports have varying perceptions of risk and diverse capacities to leverage data to make informed decisions. Research is needed to provide information about the existing tools for identifying common hazards found on airports and the processes used for measuring, monitoring, and prioritizing the associated risks.

This Synthesis will provide a survey of the tools currently used for hazard and risk identification, classification, and prioritization at various airports. During the course of the investigation, the following areas will be considered with respect to airport risk-based decision making:

o    How do you identify hazards and associated risks?

o    How do you prioritize risks?

o    Do you have risk definitions or defined risk rating scales?

·         Are these different by department, or is there a single scale for the entire airport?

o    How do you measure and monitor risks?

o    Do you have a structured process for managing the following risks?

      • Financial
      • Operational
      • Safety
      • Security
      • Information technology
      • Environmental
      • Legal/Reputation
      • Socio-political
      • Critical infrastructure
      • Regulatory/Compliance (Part 139, OSHA, EPA, etc.)
      • Other, as defined

o    Where do you store risk data?

o    How is risk data kept up to date?

o    To whom is risk information communicated?


The principal investigator will conduct a survey or interview a representative sample of large hub, medium hub, small hub, and non-primary airports.


Partial Information Sources: 

* Perimeter Breach Classifications: 

* Sharing Sensitive Data: 

* Cyber Security: 

* Neubauer, K., Fleet, D., & Ayres Jr, M. (2015). A Guidebook for Safety Risk Management for Airports (No. Project 04-16). NAP. (

* Airports Geographic Information System (Airports GIS) (

* Herricks, E. E., Fisher, J. R., Kuehner, C., & Hovan, M. J. (2003, August). Application of GIS Technologies to Wildlife Management at DFW Airport. In 2003 Bird Strike Committee USA/Canada, 5th Joint Annual Meeting, Toronto, ONT. 

* Francour, L., M. Hovan, J. Fisher, E.E. Herricks. Applications of GIS Technologies in Wildlife Management at JFK Airport. North American Birdstrike Conference, Vancouver, Canada (2005). 

* Center of Excellence for Airport Technology at UI-Urbana-Champaign (http://www.ceat.illinois.edu

Topic Panel

Gina Beim, MCDA Consulting LLC
Benjamin Goodheart, Versant
Jose R. Ruiz, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Lisanne Sison, Arthur J. Gallagher
Trisha Sqrow, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport
Roger Studenski, Jacksonville Aviation Authority
Susan Gardner, Federal Aviation Administration
Ashley Sng, Airports Council International - North America
Paul Snyder
Dubuque-Snyder Aviation Consulting
TRB Staff
Thomas J. Helms, Jr.

First Panel: June 11, 2018
Teleconference with Consultant: TBD
Second Panel: March 21, 2019


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