Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Spring 2012


Dundar Kocaoglu

Course Title

Project Management

Course Number

ETM 545/645


Airports -- Baggage handling -- Security measures, Airports -- Baggage handling -- Equipment and supplies, Airports -- Baggage handling -- Technological innovations, Project management


Portland International Airport recently completed construction on a multimillion dollar baggage screening project to allow passengers to drop their bags off at the ticket counters, have the baggage screened behind the scenes and delivered to the aircraft. The entire underside of the airport was mapped to allow the conveyors to fit into the existing structure that was already fully occupied with operational areas. Project management was a critical function in placing miles of conveyors and baggage screening into an existing facility while maintaining 24/7 operations.

This paper explores the project management aspect of a large public project from the initial idea stage to the fully constructed and operating final product. The coordination of this project is explored from the initial idea, design, mapping of the facility, product selection, specifications, coordination and construction, turn over to operations and project wrap up. Specific construction items will be addressed where major obstacles were encountered in the project management areas. The project reviews the different stakeholders that were involved from the traveling public, engineers, concessions, airlines, security, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The unique obstacles costs and roadblocks will be discussed from a project management standpoint. Although costs were a large factor in the decision making process they will be discussed only in general.


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