IATA'S NEW ADRM
By Alex Bradley, Airport Planning Manager, IATA
A brief review of the industry standard airport development reference manual
The Airport Development Reference Manual (ADRM) is one of the International Air Transport Association's oldest and most respected documents. For 40 years it has been used as a cornerstone of best practice airport design in most areas of the world. It is an important guide for airlines, airports, government authorities, architects, and engineering consultants who are planning new or extending existing airport facilities.
Since the publication of the 8th edition of the ADRM, there have been significant changes in aviation, particularly with respect to technology and security. Consequently the ADRM has been completely updated to reflect the changing needs of the aviation industry.
The manual is a consolidation of best industry practices with respect to the development of world class airports through better design. Its content represents the recommendations of IATA experts in all areas of airport planning, development, financing, and operation, as well as input from world-renowned industry specialists and organizations keen to promote the development of world-class airport facilities.
The new ADRM will be of prime importance to airport operators and airport planners as the new edition of the manual provides the very latest guidance aligned to the current requirements of IATA members and ICAO. Particular reference should be noted to the following key subjects:
- Chapters F, J, and L provide guidance on the impact of New Large Aircraft (Code F): (Gate Lounges/ Passenger Boarding Bridges/ Stand and Apron Requirements).
- Chapter F details new IATA service level definitions and requirements.
- Chapters F and O provide revised terminal and cargo space planning sizing equations.
- Chapter K provides the latest recommendations and design philosophies on Passenger Facilitation.
- Chapter H has new standards on terminal and apron security requirements.
- Chapter U details the design philosophies for baggage handling systems, hold and hand baggage screening systems using the very latest screening equipment and proven screening philosophies.
- Chapter W provides guidance on terminal design matters relating to antiterrorism initiatives.
Since IATA works to promote the needs of its member airlines in all areas, the ADRM has historically been a document which expresses the design and operational requirements of its members. The 9th edition is no different, having been compiled with the direct input from a wide cross section of its members.
The ADRM is a global product and is used by a wide range of professional teams. Users include: airport planners; airlines; civil, structural, and mechanical engineers; airport security planners; and airport authorities. The ADRM provides these users with a consensus on best airport design practices, compiled by world experts in the various aspects of airport planning. Guidance on all areas of airport design is given, from terminal design to apron design and general airport security.
The new ADRM has over 720 pages of virtually completely new material. Revisions and content additions reflect changes within the civil aviation industry. Specific commercial issues are discussed and recommended practices for running airport projects developed. These address the need for authorities to run projects efficiently as they seek to create unique airport environments through world class design.
The baggage handling chapter is expanded to reflect changes in sorting and screening processes and technology, and the recognition that the baggage system is the heart of the terminal operation. Environmental issues have also been updated, primarily to promote savings in operational costs for airports which can then be passed on to airlines.
This latest evolution of the ADRM incorporates IATA Recommendations (IRs) at the end of each section. These are included to focus the airport planner/designer on IATA-determined best practice design principles, and to help convey the expectations of the world's major airlines with respect to the development or refurbishing of facilities.
Colin Temple, Manager of IATA Airport Services Department, says open communication and sharing of information are key to improving efficiencies and safety in the aviation community.
The scope of the design contract has been determined, and negotiations are under way with Kansas City-based architectural firm HNTB.