RESULTS: 2015 ACC YOUNG PROFESSIONALS INNOVATION COMPETITION

Scope
The search for additional non-airline funding sources, new uses for technology in addressing passenger service needs and an increased focus on sustainability are just a few of the drivers of change in the aviation industry. In this competition, ACC is seeking new, innovative ideas that further airport development globally and address current and future challenges. These innovations can be technical, operational or regulatory in nature and can address any aspect of airport development (e.g. planning, design, construction, asset management, sustainability, finance, IT, customer service).

Scoring Criteria
 30%      Uniqueness of idea 
 25%      Potential for improvement to airport development industry 
 25%      Feasibility of implementation 
 10%      Creativity/quality of presentation 
 10%      Degree of teamwork


2015 SUBMISSIONS:

 *Watch a four minute synopsis video of all the submissions here: http://youtu.be/wJK2cW-9cYM

 

First Place

EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS (ECS)
Megan Moser - Team Leader      Denver International Airport 
Courtney Brand                            Iron Horse Architects
Julie Buffam                                Jensen Hughes
David McLeod                            Denver International Airport

This project proposes the development of an emergency communication system that can be used at all airports throughout the world; the creation of a mobile notification system that can reach all people in the vicinity of the emergency; and the development of a mobile app which guides users to crucial amenities such as shelter, equipment, transportation and lodging.

 

Second Place

AUGMENTING SPACE WITH INDOOR POSITIONING DATA
Chris Hazell - Team Leader   AECOM 
Cory Haugh                                 AECOM
Chris Vulcano                           AECOM
Kristen Young                         AECOM

This project proposes that airport operators consider a holistic approach to how they adopt indoor positioning technologies to communicate with their passengers. The passenger experience can be heightened by personally tailoring way-finding of an unfamiliar environment. Conversely, building environments can dynamically react to occupant density thus improving infrastructure and driving revenue.

 

Third Place

A PATH LIT TO SAFETY
Shady Elshetwy - Team Leader   Burns Engineering 
Darren D'Achille                                 Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson
Sean McGovern                                 Burns Engineering
Mathieu Savarit-Cosenza             Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson

PATHs is a predetermined airfield traffic hierarchy system designed to minimize incursions. Operated by the Air Traffic Controller, PATHS is a new method of taxiing aircraft by illuminating a route to and from the runway using LED technology installed parallel to pavement markings. The methodology included a cost analysis, installation procedures, incorporation into existing infrastructure as a secondary system, drawbacks, and feasibility.

 

Other Submissions

AIRPORT BEACON TECHNOLOGY GUIDE
Christopher Groh - Team Leader   Kutchins & Groh 
Manuel Herrera                                 Jacobsen|Daniels 
Abraham Oommen                         Jacobsen|Daniels 
Troy Thompson                                 Pattern

BIOCONCRETE
Nicholas Makhlouf - Team Leader C&S Companies
Cody Crawford                                 C&S Companies
Brett Grove                                         Phoenix Deer Valley Airport
Jim Wright                                         Stantec Consulting

BOARDING FILTER
Eddy Tavio - Team Leader         Populous
Nick Caprario                               Populous
Ryan Otterson                                   Populous
Dan Wood                                       Populous

DOUBLE-SCREW RAMP
Artem Minochkin - Team Leader   Progresstech
Dmitry Bratko                                 Progresstech
Maxim Stepanuk                                 Progresstech
Oxana Verigina                                 Progresstech

INCREASING AIRPORT REVENUE
Michael Toth - Team Leader         J.A. Watts
Joe Foster                                       Panther International
Leah Henderson                               DOWL
Ryan Houston                               J.A. Watts

LEVERAGING AIRPORT ASSETS
Thierry Sarr - Team Leader         CH2M 
Ernest Huffman                               Jacobsen|Daniels Associates

SENSING THE STORM
Patrick Williams - Team Leader Urban Engineers 
Api Appulingam                                 RS&H
Swapnil Shah                                 Philadelphia International Airport

TRANSPORTATION FOR AIRPORT PASSENGERS
Justin Wortman - Team Leader   Gensler
Nicholas Acevedo                         Gensler
Chester Arasim III                         Logplan
Juan Baez                                         Gensler