The National Academies

ACRP 03-56 [Completed]

Airside Planning, Design, Construction, Operations, and Maintenance: WebResource

  Project Data
Funds: $300,000
Research Agency: Hanson Professional Services, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Susan Zellers
Effective Date: 5/4/2020
Completion Date: 10/31/2021


The technical documentation on airside planning, design, construction, operations, and maintenance is vast.  This documentation includes ACRP and non-ACRP materials, such as federal and state regulations and guidance, ICAO publications, association handbooks, as well as industry codes, standards, and practices.  These resources provide valuable benefits to airport industry practitioners who design and operate airside facilities, but some of these references are either not well known or often are not easily accessible.  An online index of these resources, similar to other recently produced ACRP WebResources, would provide the airport community with the means to assess its relevancy and readily access this needed information.


The objectives of this research are to:

1. Create an ACRP WebResource of documents and other references related to airside planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance applicable to the U.S. airport industry.  Resources should include, but not be limited to the following functional components:

• Airspace, ATC, Navaids, and supporting facilities (e.g., RPZs and approach zones);
• Airfield/movement areas (e.g., runways, taxiways, markings, signage, and lighting systems);
• Non-movement areas (e.g., markings, signage, lighting systems, hangars, apron areas and taxilanes); and
• Airside support facilities and equipment (e.g., ARFF, deicing, field maintenance, ground run-up enclosures or areas (GRE), fuel farms). 

2. Identify which of the related ACRP documents and publications should be updated and potentially what new ACRP-related research could be developed and create appropriate problem statements for future consideration (see Special Note F).

3. Develop a range of alternative processes and recommendations for keeping the WebResource updated (see Special Note C). 

The audience for this research is the airport practitioner, including airport staff, planners, engineers, designers, developers, facilities personnel, academicians, and students. 


The research plan should include appropriate deliverables, for ACRP approval, that include at minimum:

1. An organizational description or taxonomy of relevant resources considering the functional categories listed in the research objective and aligned with the chronological sequence listed below:

a. Planning (NPIAS, master planning, etc.)
b. Design (geometric, GIS, etc.)
c. Construction (techniques, safety, etc.)
d. Operations & Maintenance (Part 139, SMS, etc.)

Include criteria for filtering these resources to simplify user identification with keyword tags.

2.  A preliminary, annotated listing of all relevant resources regarding the topics in the research objective. Sources should include ACRP-related reports and material, FAA requirements and guidance, federal regulations, FAA Orders, FAA Advisory Circulars, and other industry-related resources and guidance (e.g., ICAO, IATA, ACI, NFPA, etc.).

3. A prototype of the WebResource with a sampling of relevant documents and resources using links as appropriate.
4. An interim report that describes the taxonomy and work done in early tasks with an updated work plan for remaining tasks. Provide a demonstration of the method to search relevant documents in the WebResource and the approach to indexing by topics as well as key words. 

The research plan should include other appropriate checkpoints with the ACRP panel, including, at a minimum, (1) a kick-off teleconference meeting to be held within 1 month of the Notice to Proceed and (2) one face-to-face interim deliverable review meeting, as well as web-enabled teleconferences tied to the panel review and ACRP approval of other interim deliverables deemed appropriate. 
The final deliverables will include:
1. A WebResource addressing the elements in the research objectives;
2. A user guide to facilitate the use of the WebResource and explain the organization with examples; and 
3. (a) A Summary of Key Findings (see Special Note E) and (b) a Further Recommended Research Memo (see Special Note F).

Note:  Following receipt of the draft final deliverables, there should be 3 months for ACRP review and comments and for contractor preparation of the final deliverables.   For budgeting purposes, proposers should assume that ACRP will provide access to web-enabled teleconference services.  ACRP will pay panel members’ travel costs for the face-to-face meeting. Proposers should assume that the meeting will be held in Washington, DC.


A. The existing ACRP WebResources platform shall be used in developing this WebResource. Instructions for developing an ACRP WebResource can be found at: https://crp.trb.org/webresource-guidance/.

B.   Proposers should search TRB’s Website https://www.trb.org/Projects/Projects2.aspx to identify ACRP-related research. Proposers should suggest how they would identify resources that are the most relevant for inclusion in this WebResource. Proposers should include in their proposal their initial thinking regarding areas of related ACRP research that would most benefit from updates and consolidation.
C.  The ongoing research under ACRP Project 07-15A, “Airport Passenger Terminal Design Library – UPDATE to ACRP WebResources 2” should be consulted in the development of this WebResource, including the method for a user feedback mechanism developed under that project. 

D.  Proposers should consider having persons with knowledge of airside planning, design, construction, operations & maintenance as well as document content management and library science in their proposal. 

E. The Summary of Key Findings will be a stand-alone document.  It should (a) convey the most pertinent and applicable results of the project’s research, (b) be geared toward the airport industry practitioner while minimizing technical language, (c) present results using text and graphics as appropriate, and (d) encourage readers to explore the primary project deliverables.  The Summary of Key Findings should be limited to no more than 4 pages.

F. The Further Recommended Research Memo will be a stand-alone document.  It should (a) identify logical follow-on research that would benefit the industry yet was beyond the original scope and budget of the project; (b) describe how the proposed follow-on research relates to ACRP’s research roadmaps, if applicable; and (c) for the highest priority research needs, include research ideas and/or problem statements to be added to ACRP’s IdeaHub, the program’s online repository of research needs.

STATUS: The research is completed and publication of the WebResources is underway. 

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