American Society of Civil Engineers


NDIA APM: Building an APM in a Terminal Building


by Steve Beebe, (Senior Associate, Lea+Elliott, Inc., 785 Market Street, 12th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 E-mail: sbeebe@leaelliott.com), Jackie Yang, (Manager, Planning Projects, Lea+Elliott, Inc., 785 Market Street, 12th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 E-mail: jyang@leaelliott.com), and Harley L. Moore, (Senior Principal, Lea+Elliott, Inc., 785 Market Street, 12th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 E-mail: hlmoore@leaelliott.com)

pp. 11-19, (doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/41038(343)2)

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Automated People Movers 2009: Connecting People, Connecting Places, Connecting Modes
Abstract: The New Doha International Airport (NDIA) APM system will have two parallel single-lane shuttles operating on the second floor within the "Y" shaped Concourses C, D, and E of the new terminal building. Due to the terminal facilities design and construction schedules, the APM infrastructure was designed for a generic technology that could include self-propelled rubber tire, low-speed maglev, and cable-propelled rubber-tire and air-levitated systems. The stations were located, and the trains designed, to serve both secure and non-secure passengers with different passenger peaking characteristics and times. The maintenance facilities were designed to fit inside the building on the same level as the system, yet not constrain the passenger flows in or around the gate areas. Providing access for inserting vehicles into the system, initially and in the future for replacement, was particularly problematic. This paper describes the system, discusses challenges and solutions for the APM design due to its interior location, provides information on the procurement process and results, and summarizes issues that have arisen since the start of the implementation period.


ASCE Subject Headings:
People movers
Airport terminals
Middle East