Airport Business

NOV 2018

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40 airportbusiness November 2018 PAVEMENT MATTERS By Matt Schnelle 4 Considerations for Airfield Pavement Selection Creating a thorough planning process for pavement considerations creates a safe and efficient airfield operation for decades. Consulting engineers must think through many considerations before deciding on an airfield pavement selection. The selection is driven by differing requirements during planning and programming, design, construction and maintenance throughout the pavement lifecycle. But it is also determined in part by airport officials and project stakeholders, with the selection process functioning as a partnership between client and engineer. We can best think about the considerations, the questions we will ask and why we ask them – and potential answers to these questions – by using a time-lined approach: Planning and Programming The first consideration rests on the funding source and where the pavement is going to be used. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), state, local, or private sources may be used to fund these projects and budgets vary based on project type. Because airports are going to use this pavement daily, it is important to consider staff familiarity with maintenance and repair alternatives. RS&H

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