Airports and other large infrastructure agencies are embedding the principles of sustainability, resiliency, and equity into their asset management programs – allowing them to make more immediate and impactful changes to society and meaningfully deliver on strategic goals. In the recent past, there was a greater emphasis on embedding these considerations as part of large and strategically visible capital projects. More recently, organizations have realized that the impacts can be much greater by applying these principles to lifecycle strategies of existing assets and state of good repair (SGR) projects including operations, maintenance, renewal, and replacement decisions – which can deliver additional benefits and outcomes. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) has further emphasized SGR investments.
Airports have been adopting tactical approaches to incorporate sustainability, resiliency, and equity into decision making and ensure that infrastructure investments are prioritized based on performance impacts and risk-reduction. Examples of current applications and themes from the aviation sector include:
Incorporating asset management programs and actively aligning them wider strategic goals helps ensure optimized decisions and outcomes at each stage of the lifecycle, with a specific emphasis on operations and maintenance. As airports continue to advance their programs, asset managers should consider:
David C. Sklar
Senior Vice President, Advisory; National Aviation and Water Asset Management Lead
WSP USA Inc.
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