Behind-the-Scenes Airport Tech

By Jill Johnson
McFarland-Johnson, Inc. / InfraSolutions by McFarland-Johnson

Usually when you hear about technology for airports its forward-facing components visible by passengers that take center stage. However, there are many “back of the house” technology software solutions that should be talked about. Particularly when it comes to airport planning.

InfraSolutions, a division of McFarland Johnson (MJ), was created to provide innovative technology tools that streamline the project process and ensure efficient, cost-effective communication and project deliverables. MJ’s technology-based approach to airport planning provides a fresh look and value-added tools that no other planning firm currently provides to airports. This approach ensures maximum project efficiency, flexible solutions, and adaptable outcomes, allowing airports to proactively evaluate and manage both anticipated and unforeseen changes in the operating environment.

A new tool that can do that is the Dynamic Analysis Tool (DAT). The DAT is a robust and flexible online desktop tool that analyzes future airport scenarios using basic user inputs, providing an airport sponsor with the ability to consider how changes in air traffic, cost structure would impact future development and financial outcomes. This allows for consideration of both likely and unforeseen airport scenarios, and enables adjustments to airport plans for terminal development, cost structure, and space allocation to incorporate these inputs and scenarios. The growing popularity of MJ’s Dynamic Analysis tool is a strong indication that our clients value the usefulness the DAT delivers well into the future in this ever-changing industry.

DAT Features

  • Flexible technology planning tool that instantly adjusts forecasts based on industry fluctuations and changes at your airport
  • With just a few clicks of this Airport-specific computer model, the user can adjust variables using basic user inputs and analyze a variety of future scenarios:
    • Flexible demand forecast projections
    • Facility needs assessments
    • Revenue models
    • New or decreased air service
    • Expanded general aviation activity
    • Economic development opportunities
    • Model potential market turns
    • Airspace analysis
    • Land development scenarios
  • Scenario-based process links demand forecasts, facility requirements, development scenarios, environmental conditions, financial models, capital improvement plans (CIPs) and an electronic GIS based ALP together
  • Provides an airport with the ability to consider how changes in air traffic and cost structure would impact future development and financial outcomes
  • Shows subsequent impact on the Airport’s finances, airfield, terminal, or landside infrastructure, and/or other selected criteria identified by the airport
  • Easy-to-read diagrams, charts, and data such as cost per enplanement, incremental revenue, and facility requirement summaries helping airports plan for the future and maximize the value of their planning projects
  • Visualized on a dynamically adjustable 3D web map
 Interactive GIS 3D ALP
Responsive to applied scenarios


InfraSolutions’ Dynamic Analysis Tool can be implemented and customized during the airport planning process. Additional InfraSolutions tools can be added to this solution including:

  • Obstruction Analysis Tool
  • Pavement Management Tool
  • Land Development Tool
Visit booth #621 to see the DAT in action, and find more information on our other software solutions at