It takes a 360-degree perspective to close the gap between technology issues and engineering issues. An airport might be today’s cutting edge and tomorrow’s fish wrapper. After all, the value of a system diminishes during its lifetime, especially if it was constructed without accounting for future upgrades. On the other hand, if a system is designed with the flexibility for easy upgrades in mind, its lifetime value is bolstered.
Consulting engineers have to be strategic partners for clients. It’s not just about delivering an airport facility that works the way it’s supposed to; it’s about creating success for clients by walking — or flying — with them every step of the way.
In “the business” – those familiar with the vagaries of aviation security – we too often get so immersed that we lose context. Aviation security is not in fact a steady-state feature of aviation, but a constantly evolving response to moving circumstances.