People love to fly. Globally, the commercial aviation industry will grow 3 percent over the next five years. China has announced its intention to build another 45 airports between now and 2016. In the United States, airport delays can be reduced by increasing the airport's capacity with new runways and taxiways. There will always be a need for aviation design engineers.
Civil engineers must understand what is needed to keep the airport open. Airport zoning, noise control, airspace limitations, and animal control all impact engineering projects.
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Topics of airport facility design covered include the following:
- Aircraft Systems and Operational Characteristics
- Noise, Jet Blast, and Heat
- Site Selection and Land Use Compatibility
- Operational Area, Including Geometrics and Clearances
- Ground Access and Egress and Parking
- Terminal Areas
- Ground Service Areas
- Airport Capacity
- Special Types of Airports
Stanley M. Herrin, P.E.
BSCE, UIUC, 1974; MSCE, UIUC, 1978
Mr. Herrin has over 30 years of aviation facility design experience including the design of new and the rehabilitation of runways, taxiways, aprons, NAVAIDS, airfield electrical, high mast lighting, entrance roads and parking lots.
From airports with large runways (12,000 foot long 300 foot wide runway) to airports with small runways (2,480 foot long 45 foot wide runway), Mr. Herrin has prepared plans and specifications and conducted environmental assessments and obstructions surveys for projects at over 39 civilian and 18 military airports throughout the United States.
Mr. Herrin is a member of ASCE including the ASCE Airfield Pavements Committee, TRB, AAPT, ASTM and has served as panel member for IPRF, AAPTP and ACRP research projects.