Miami International Airport (MIA)—Overcoming Challenges Related to Huge Capital Improvement Programs

Miami International Airport (MIA) is a large international hub airport and the gateway that welcomes South American, Central American and Caribbean visitors to the United States. Conveniently located within five miles (8.05 km) of downtown Miami, MIA is the single largest economic engine for the South Florida area. MIA's $6.2 billion expansion program is the largest construction program at an operating airport. The overall expansion program known as the North Terminal Development (NTD) Program includes expansion of the Terminals A through D and a new APM System which consists of four passenger stations (1 through 4) serving Gates D1–D60 of Concourse D at Miami International Airport. The APM System will be located on the fourth level of the terminal building, with the pinched loop guideway alignment running over the roof of the facility between the four stations and the Maintenance & Storage Facility (M&SF). The operation of the system can be best visualized as a continuous loop, in which driverless trains will automatically follow each other in a synchronous manner. The M&SF, Central Control room and administrative offices for the APM system are located in a consolidated facility south of Station 3. Many challenges were faced with such a large Capital Improvement Program including integrating the fixed facilities with the new Baggage Handling System and new rooftop APM System and dealing with extended construction periods. This paper will focus on and discuss these challenges and specifically identify how these challenges were successfully overcome with the APM System. This will include successful negotiating strategies, dealing with expired warranty issues, maintenance of manufactured equipment and trains during extended construction periods and challenges encountered and addressed during testing and commissioning. The paper will also address continuously evolving planning and design issues that are challenging today's airport managers, architects, and engineers as a result of local and global events within the past two decades that have impacted the airports safety and security needs, building design and airport connectivity to the city.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Conference on Automated People Movers and Transit Systems, 2011

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  • Accession Number: 01365048
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784411933
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Nov 29 2011 3:01PM