Economic Assessment of Heated Pavements for the Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport

In this study, the Minneapolis–St. Paul International airport (MSP) in Minnesota, a representative large-hub airport (1% of total U.S. enplanements), was selected to assess the relative economic benefits of using heated pavement systems (HPS) for snow removal. Two approaches were adopted for defining the boundary conditions for economic assessments: (1) installation of HPS only in apron and ramp areas which represent the busiest part of the airside operations where ground vehicles and airplanes share the same space, and (2) considering the entire airport as one entity for installation of HPS. Based on the available data collected during a site visit to MSP, interviews and email surveys, the economic feasibility of HPS at MSP was assessed by employing two economic analysis techniques, including the net present value (NPV) and benefit cost ratio (BCR). The analysis procedure and results are discussed highlighting the economic benefits and tradeoffs of installing heated pavements over conventional ice and snow removal strategies.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 128-139
  • Monograph Title: International Conference on Transportation and Development 2016: Projects and Practices for Prosperity

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01606174
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784479926
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Jun 20 2016 3:02PM