Modernizing Our Nation’s Air and Water Gateways

The top 10 airports in the world included none in the United States, according to the 2021 Skytrax World Airport Awards. In fact, only one made the top 25, in terms of facilities and service. However, seven U.S. airports are considered among the world’s 25 busiest. 

The increased usage that many of the nation’s publicly owned airports have seen in recent years has come with increased challenges: deferred maintenance, stronger opposition to improvements such as new or re-envisioned runways, and escalating costs. The same story applies to ports, harbors and waterways, whose infrastructure can’t always keep pace with the new demands that trade and shipping innovations place upon them.

For owners and operators, maintaining these vital components to the U.S. economy can be a constant catch-up game — and one that comes with steep penalties should they fall behind. With that game lasting decades in many cases, they also may find themselves stuck with processes and workflows that have not evolved. You can’t build a breakwater with a series of manually maintained spreadsheets, after all.

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In addition to $25 billion tagged to repair airports, the plan includes a $17 billion investment into port improvements and has called for additional measures to address the environmental impact of air and sea travel.

Doing More with More

Change is on the horizon in the form of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill (BIL), formally known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The wide-ranging plan calls for a massive infusion of money and speed into the nation’s capital improvement projects. Many of these projects are designed to tackle the repair backlog across the country’s infrastructure, including modernizing an airport or port, to reach a competitive level internationally. In addition to $25 billion tagged to repair airports, the plan includes a $17 billion investment into port improvements and has called for additional measures to address the environmental impact of air and sea travel. Projects span from coast to coast, and especially areas in between.

Many of these projects will be considerably larger than owners and operators have seen in their lifetime. The excitement surrounding these improvements, however, has a flipside: Project management. Budget tracking. Reporting mechanisms. The plan of attack that an owner of an airport had previously used for their capital improvement projects will likely not measure up to the size and scale of what is to come. They need to evolve new plans—and now is the time. You’ll need to provide:

  • Proof of the efficiency and value of projects
  • Complete transparency into the stewardship of funds
  • Proof of job creation, socioeconomic impact, and sustainability success
  • Accountability for every project task, dollar, and outcome

Having the right partner and tools in place to accurately track costs, report progress and manage the project lifecycle will be critical.

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e-Builder has more than 25 years of experience supporting and managing infrastructure capital improvement projects at a large scale. e-Builder can help owners and operators of airports, ports and harbors confront the challenges that will come with this massive influx of new projects, including making sense of funding criteria.

More than 500 organizations worldwide have used e-Builder Enterprise to manage more than $1 trillion in capital projects. e-Builder Enterprise is a cloud-based solution for managing public construction and infrastructure projects. It automates information handoffs between designers, contractors, consultants, and owners through a best-in-class workflow engine that transforms manual and paper-based processes to digital. We help airports, ports and local governments increase productivity, streamline processes and support community collaboration.

In short, we help you do more.

More than 500 organizations worldwide have used e-Builder Enterprise to manage more than $1 trillion in capital projects.

Definitive Guide to Digital Transformation for Owners of Capital Improvement Programs

The Definitive Guide to Digital Transformation for Owners of Capital Improvement Programs

Download our Definitive Guide to Digital Transformation for Owners of Capital Improvement Programs and learn why leveraging an advanced digital construction management solution like e-Builder Enterprise—which is designed for owners like you—will effectively aid in managing the funding, tracking and reporting of your infrastructure-related projects. Click here to get your complimentary guide.

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Testimonials and Case Studies

e-Builder Enterprise helps you deliver greater visibility and transparency while managing your project with the utmost efficiency. But don’t take our word for it. Hear what some of our airport and public clients have to say:

Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Charlotte Douglas International Airport Customer Story

Often ranked as one’s the busiest airports in the U.S., with more than 20 million passengers using it annually, this airport in Charlotte, North Carolina, faced a 10-year expansion with processes that could not keep up. See how e-Builder Enterprise helped it modernize its workflows. Click here to view.

"With help from a cloud-based program management information system, we can show residents and businesses alike that a public organization can work efficiently and effectively to develop and deliver critical infrastructure."

—Nasser Fakih, Assistant City Engineer for Sunnyvale Public Works Department, Engineering Division

City of Sunnyvale

City of Sunnyvale’s Public Works Department

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the City of Sunnyvale needed a progressive, digital solution to manage their capital program. The city has seen huge improvements, especially through their submittals processing time which has been reduced by 15% through implementing a project management information system.

Related Case Study: Explore how the Sunnyvale Public Works Department (SPWD), charged with maintaining and upgrading city facilities and infrastructure, effectively underwent a technology transformation by adopting e-Builder Enterprise. Click here to view.

City of Sunnyvale Case Study

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As funds are made available to improve our nation’s airports, ports and harbors, taking a systematic approach to infrastructure project management will make these investments more resilient. If you want to ensure that you're giving the most back to your local community, you need to partner with an experienced leader in the construction industry. We’d be honored to be that partner.

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