BNP Associates      

Apron Systems

BNP Associates, Inc. has developed a team to address the need for a concise grouping of professionals dedicated to the design of apron systems. Our focus is aimed at the following systems:

Passenger Loading Bridges · PC Air · Ground Power · Aircraft Parking

The approach BNP utilizes in developing its apron systems projects includes:

Design – Baseline aircraft parking plan alternatives are developed for the projected fleet mix. As necessary, several alternatives are also considered to optimize the various evaluation criteria including aircraft fleet mix, gate/aircraft interchangeability, passenger loading distributions, etc. The passenger loading bridge generalities are also developed including approximate tunnel lengths, range of aircraft servicing needs, maximum slopes and facility interface coordination. Point-of-use versus centralized 400 Hz and PC air studies are developed. The design process concludes with estimating, scheduling and recommendations of the apron systems configuration which best meet the needs of the client. BNP uses the PathPlanner software program for its aircraft parking, servicing and layout designs. This is combined with an extensive library of standard CADD symbols and design standards.

Specifications – Preparation of bidding documents for the procurement of the various apron systems. Project specific requirements are included in our standard, proven specifications. Packages are divided so multiple contractors can be included in the equipment procurement.

Bidding & Award Assistance – Pre-qualification of vendors, release for bid packages, pre-bid conferences, bid review and contract negotiations. BNP knows the strengths and weaknesses of all the manufacturers. As the largest purchasing agent in the United States, we have a first-hand knowledge of production capacities and capabilities.

Construction Administration – Coordination of the engineering and manufacturing processes, construction staging, coordination around on-going operations, supervision of the installation, punch listing and acceptance testing. BNP brings the proven expertise that provides cost and operationally effective solutions to out clients. This has been a missing element in the industry where the planning of these critical systems is often left to less experienced personnel or to the equipment manufacturers.


Project Briefs:

Northwest Airlines - Regional Jet Bridge Project

United Airlines - PLB Replacement Program

United Airlines - GSE Configuration Study