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Planning for Aerospace Test Buildings

Planning

What common planning oversight leads to costly rework and inefficiencies in aerospace test facility construction?

Failing to include test engineers in the initial building design stage is a big miss. These experts have the detailed knowledge about test stands and workflows, vital for efficient infrastructure planning. We often find improperly sized layouts for staging and prep areas along with poorly placed utilities creating inefficient work areas, which lead to costly changes for companies. ACS takes an inside-out approach to planning that factors in test criteria at the earliest stages to avoid these risks.

What aren’t we thinking about that could delay the construction timeline of the aerospace facility?

The specialized equipment needed for precise airflow and aeroacoustics, like inlet diffusers and exhaust equipment, often require extensive design efforts and purchase lead times. If not ordered early in the design phase, you risk significant delays in the construction project plan. Our inside-out planning methodology identifies critical equipment early in the process to safeguard construction timelines.

Safety

What risks do older aerospace test facilities pose to personnel?

Beyond the well-known risks of aerospace testing, these older buildings were designed with controls equipment and fire suppression systems that don’t meet today’s standards. Mercury, often used in aerospace control rooms, may remain in these occupied spaces. Moreover, the decaying building envelopes increase the risk of concrete or other materials breaking off and potentially being ingested into the unit under testing.