ACC Operational Readiness for New Airport Facilities: Part I On-Demand Webinar

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This 90-minute ACC on-demand webinar provides an overview of elements of Operational Readiness, Activation and Transition (ORAT) for new airport facilities, timing for implementing the program, and the benefits derived from the implementation of a comprehensive program during the planning stage of a capital development project to beyond substantial completion all the way through to opening and operation. Participants will hear about the components to an ORAT program and how each provides individual and comprehensive benefits to a project outcome which can be realized for years after project completion. This on-demand webinar will discuss the benefits and reasons for implementing an ORAT program and provide an overview of the general process behind an effective ORAT strategy. This introductory on-demand webinar is followed by the ORAT Part II on-demand webinar, providing more detail on the process, implementation, and pitfalls of an ORAT program. 


At the end of this ACC on-demand webinar, participants will be able to: 

• Recognize and extract the benefits of a comprehensive Operational Readiness program. 
• Demonstrate an understanding of the application of ORAT at airports in the U.S. and around the world. 
• Define ORAT and the components of a comprehensive system. 
• Summarize the basic process, timing and key stakeholders behind an effective ORAT process. 


• T.J. Schulz (Moderator), President, Airport Consultants Council (ACC) 
• Robert Gilbert, P.E., Chief Development Officer, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) 
• Michael McElvaney, A.A.E., Director, LeighFisher 
• Melvin Price, C.M., Associate Director, LeighFisher 


Save 20% when purchasing the ACC On-Demand Webinars Discount Package, featuring ten (10) ACC on-demand webinars.


PDH, CM and LU/HSW credits/hours are not offered for this ACC on-demand webinar. However, after viewing the on-demand webinar, participants can download a certificate of completion.

Robert Gilbert, P.E.

Chief Development Officer, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)

Robert "Bob" Gilbert, P.E. was appointed Chief Development Officer (CDO) of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) in November 2016. He is responsible for leading and coordinating the planning and delivery of all elements of the LAWA capital program, including the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) and the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Capital Improvement Program (CIP). He also serves as the Program Executive for LAMP, and oversees the Planning and Development Group and Environmental Programs. Mr. Gilbert is an aviation professional with over 40 years’ experience in areas across aviation and airport management. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Gilbert served as Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for the Greater Chicago region at Landrum & Brown (L&B). In this role, he worked closely with Chicago Department of Aviation executive staff, and led the L&B team responsible for supporting the department’s sustainability and environmental programs in addition to its noise management office. This team was also responsible for terminal redevelopment initiatives at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). Mr. Gilbert has also served as Program Manager for the Operational Readiness Program at King Abdul Aziz International Airport (KAIA), where he developed training programs to familiarize staff with the airport’s new $7.8 billion infrastructure, including its automated people mover (APM). He has served as Deputy Executive Director of Facilities for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) and as Deputy Program Manager for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Before these roles, Mr. Gilbert served as Program Manager for the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Improvement Plan, where he led the consulting firms that developed the LAX Master Plan and its associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Mr. Gilbert earned a Master of Science in Public Administration from Troy State University, and completed post-graduate studies in Program Management at George Washington University. He earned a Bachelor of Science in General Studies (Engineering) from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Michael McElvaney, A.A.E.

Director, LeighFisher

Michael McElvaney, A.A.E. is a Director at LeighFisher where he leads the firm’s ORAT practice. He is currently providing executive level advisory support to the Los Angeles World Airport (LAWA) in the establishment of an Airport Operational Readiness (AOR) program for the LAX 20+ billion-dollar capital development program which includes a new terminal concourse, Automated People Mover, CONRAC, Intermobile Transportation Center and roadway infrastructure. Mr. McElvaney has become known as a leading expert in Airport Operational Readiness, where he has led several programs domestically and abroad. He led the development of the ORAT program for the new International Terminal at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport. Mr. McElvaney was Vice President of Airport Operations for Qatar Airways, where he managed the operation of the new Hamad International Airport. He simultaneously Chaired the Governance Oversite Committee for Operational Readiness program for the new airport, encompassing 130 new facilities. As the Deputy Director at the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority, Mr. McElvaney led the Activation program for the successful opening and operation of the new Terminal 2. He has over 30 years of executive level operational management of airports in the U.S. and Middle East, and has held management positions with Birmingham International Airport, Gainesville Regional Airport, Tampa International Airport, and Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport. Mr. McElvaney has a Bachelor’s Science Degree in Aeronautical Studies-Airport Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, a Masters in Public Administration from Golden Gate University, is an Accredited Airport Executive (AAE), and holds a private pilot license.

Melvin Price, C.M.

Associate Director, LeighFisher

Melvin Price, C.M. is an Associate Director with LeighFisher. He started his career in 2000 as a Project Manager at the Kansas City International Airport (KCI) with Critical Infrastructure projects as his focus. In 2013, Mr. Price joined the Houston Airport System (HAS) as a Senior Project Manager.  Mr. Price was promoted to Division Manager in June 2014 and served as the Infrastructure/IT Team Leader for HAS’ Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer Team. This team’s sole mission was the successful opening of William P. Hobby’s new International Concourse and Federal Inspection Services facility. Mr.  Price’s most recent role with the organization was the IAH Terminal Redevelopment Executive Liaison for HAS. Mr. Price attended Prairie View A&M University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.


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