As the airport’s facility manager, it’s already been
a long day. Sitting in meetings and reviewing plans
for a terminal addition will do that.
Now you’re home, hungry for some dinner
and conversation. The food’s ready. Chairs are
Your phone’s screen lights up with a text
from work: Zones overheating in international
terminal. Faulty valve.
You manage to crack a familiar smile, though,
because you know you won’t be climbing into
your truck for a drive back to work. You won’t be
waiting until morning to be greeted by a terminal
filled with unhappy people. And you won’t be
getting a bill for energy wasted unnecessarily
overheating shops and gates and restaurants and
everything else inside the massive building you’re
No, you’ll simply put the phone down, place a
napkin on your lap and get on with the business
at hand: dinner.
That’s because airport leaders have invested in
a smart building program, one that has already
identified the issue, recommended repairs and
dispatched appropriate staffers — via a work
order and diagnostics sent to a PC tablet —
with the correct parts so that proper settings
can be restored.
You’re smiling because you know passengers will
be comfortable, your staff is responsive, your costs
are effectively managed and your bosses can
continue enjoying an optimal level of
All before the next
Now, would you pass
help determine what algorithms can be applied and,
more importantly, what additional data points and
hardware may be required to take advantage of more
sophisticated analytical algorithms. An RCx effort
can identify preliminary deficiencies in operations
and recommend retrofits that can drive energy
consumption down and eliminate the need
for ongoing reinvestment in repeat services.
An airport can optimize HVAC zone temperature,
airflow set points and lighting levels using planes’
arrival and departure times from the airport’s Flight
Information Display System (FIDS). This method of
integrating building controls into complementary
systems — and monitoring the integration for
performance — is often underutilized. Combining
this strategy with innovative FDD technology allows
airports to become smarter and more comfortable
while saving significant amounts of energy above and
beyond traditional methods.
DAVID MEYERS, firstname.lastname@example.org, is
manager of the Commissioning Department in the
Aviation Group at Burns & McDonnell. MATTHEW
VANDECREEK, email@example.com, is a
senior commissioning engineer in the department.
NOW, WOULD YOU PLEASE PASS THE BEANS?