2019 CSCE Annual Conference - Laval (Greater Montreal)

2019 CSCE Annual Conference - Laval (Greater Montreal) Conference


Title
Life Cycle Cost Analysis of Perpetual Runway Pavements compared to Conventional Runway Pavements; Canadian Perspective

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Author(s)
Mr. Edward Abreu, University of Waterloo (Presenter)
Ms. Erinne Lee Vargas, University of Waterloo
Dr. Susan Tighe, CPATT - University of Waterloo
Abstract

Sustainability can be measured in numerous different ways, been the main pillars represented by the economic, the environmental, and the social impacts of the subject been assessed. Hence, this project aims to evaluate a perpetual runway pavement (PRP) design in a Canadian life cycle cost perspective. Accordingly, this design will be compared to a conventional runway pavement (CRP) design by using a life cycle cost analysis (LCCA), represented as a significantly helpful tool of choice appraisal. Furthermore, among the different airport classifications stated by the national airport policy in 1994 by Transport Canada, this research will solely evaluate the airports that belong to the national airport systems (NAS) in the province of Ontario.
To compare two accurate designs, the software FAARFIELD 1.42 is intended to be used to compute the structural designs for both options. Data will be used from Pearson Airport’s traffic and from the availability of materials in the province of Ontario. The LCCA will consist of a calculation of the initial cost, the distribution of the maintenance, rehabilitation, and reconstructions (MRR) during the analyzed period, and an estimation of the user cost for the two options. Consequently, this study is intended to present that, independently from the initial cost, the PRP is more likely to be a superior option due to the lower expected total cost, in the long run, and the greater performance during the life cycle.