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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Web-Only Document 37: Research Roadmap in the Area of Airport Operations and Maintenance outlines the key research gaps and areas of interest for airports in the field of operations and maintenance (O&M) over the next five years. Based on the result of the outreach and literature review, forty-two research ideas were generated and categorized into nine high-level themes, including:

  • Continuity of Operations
  • Financial Resources and Procurement
  • Facility and Operational Modernization
  • General Asset Management and Maintenance
  • Integrating Advanced and/or Disruptive Technologies
  • Safety and Security
  • Sustainability and Resiliency
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems / Vehicles
  • O&M Workforce

The completed “Research Roadmap in the Area of Airport Operations and Maintenance” consists of the following products:

  • An interactive version of Appendix B.
  • Appendix C: Research Ideas Database, which is a searchable Excel file containing all forty-two ideas generated during the project. The Idea Database includes relevant Idea Hub tags for each research idea to further demonstrate the multi-dimensional nature of the knowledge gaps
  • Narrated PowerPoint: The presentation provides readers with an overview of the project, the roadmap development process and instructions for how to read the Visual Research Roadmap.

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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Research Roadmap in the Area of Airport Operations and Maintenance. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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