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Airport construction projects have as many moving parts as the
aircraft that move through the facilities.
Successfully managing those projects in the midst of continuing
airport operations requires the best in technological tools.
The Airport Story
Airports are complex operating environments, even without
construction entering into the equation. The movement between
passengers, airside and landside activity and the terminal never
ceases. For example, as the 26th largest airport in the world,
serving the fifth largest U.S. metropolitan area, Philadelphia
International Airport demonstrates the heavy load that must
be managed during airport renovations. As 30 million passengers
moved through the terminals to board and depart from
443,236 takeoffs and landings in 2012, the airport housed more
than 200 businesses employing more than 141,000 workers.
Any construction project taking place amid that type of business
— in any airport, large or small — reaches a level of complexity
rarely experienced elsewhere.
Program management incorporating technology can provide a
comprehensive view of all the project components for the project
stakeholders, in real time, helping everyone be on the same page,
on schedule and on budget.
Building the Tools
Burns & McDonnell built a system to manage such complex
programs, building upon our experience on the Lambert-St. Louis
Airport Development Program in the early 1990s, through the
Kansas City International Airport Terminal Improvement Program
in the early 2000s, and continuing to expand with our aviation and
other practice clients for significant development projects.
The system, One TouchPM®, uses the Google Earth Enterprise
platform and off-the-shelf contract management software to
display integrated data from various information systems
though all project phases. By pulling information from these
programs and integrating it in a single interface, One TouchPM®
efficiently delivers critical information to decision makers and
One TouchPM® lends itself well to airportwide projects such as
pavement evaluations, asset management, and new or renovated
terminal or other facilities. Airport management, from the CEO/
director to the facility maintenance manager can easily
customize reports to suit their individual needs.
Even the best tools aren’t as effective from remote locations.
That’s why OneTouchPM® integrates mobile solutions, including
web-based information access and an iPad interface. Data about
a project is enhanced by real-time information upload, including
material specifications and changes, design updates, photograph
uploads and subcontractor notes.
OneTouchPM® System Aids in
Managing the Complexity of
Airport Construction Projects
By Bret Pilney, PE, and Bob Wolfe
Technology Helps Tame the Tiger
Ongoing airport operations during a construction project
require detailed project management. Technology such as
OneTouchPM® can help keep all parties on the same page.