Operational Readiness, Activation and Transition (ORAT) Services

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Bridging the gap between construction and successful airport operations using Operational Readiness, Activation and Transition (ORAT) services.

Seamless Transition from Project Delivery to Operations

What is ORAT?

Operational Readiness, Activation and Transition (ORAT) is the integrated approach to managing the transition of a new airport service or facility from project delivery into active operations. ORAT is a recognised and proven risk mitigation technique that increases opportunities for a seamless transition of new airport projects, services, and facilities from construction to active operations. An ORAT approach combines the operational goals of airport owners, operators, and aviation partners into a single program — integrating project delivery and operational readiness activities into one plan to ensure that an organisation maximizes the potential and return on their investment from day one.

Using ORAT to Reduce the Risks of Airport Openings and Operations

Undertaking the development of a new airport or a major airport expansion will create numerous challenges for the airport owner, operator and its aviation partners.

All stakeholders need to collaborate to visualise and plan for how the airport’s operations will change, so that they are aligned to the new working environment and are prepared to perform from day one.

Major airport projects are further compounded with the risks involved in the transition from construction to operations which must be meticulously managed.

If these risks are not effectively managed the airport owner can face the negative impacts of a failed or problematic opening, which can potentially lead to loss of business and damage to the airport’s reputation.

Problems associated with airport openings can be directly linked to a lack of formal ORAT processes. AECOM’s ORAT approach integrates the owner, operator, construction delivery, and operational stakeholder plans; providing a holistic and structured approach for dealing with the challenges of managing the many risks involved.

Our ORAT Approach

Our ORAT approach focuses on creating both the environment for success through connected leadership and governance, and the structure for success by adopting a proven ORAT framework and approach.

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