One of the major benefits of the direct digital control system within an airport (which covers vast areas and contains many different buildings and zones) is the availability of building data. The building management system (BMS) should have a project-specific graphical user interface to provide a complete overview of the entire system whenever required. Dynamic colour graphics allows for monitoring and operation of the system without specialist computer skills.
Another important function of a central BMS is to ensure a clear overall view and simple operation for the airport operators and staff. Alarm handling is particularly important; airport alarms are automatically registered, logged and routed to desired staff or peripherals (pagers, telephones, printers and management stations).
Once ‘archived’, the data listed above can be utilised in a number of different ways, merely as general archive information and records of building events and changes, to support design decisions or actively to promote new ideas and schemes: