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Deerns International Airport Practice: Planning, Design and Advisory Services

Deerns Airport System Consultants

Deerns is an independent, multi-disciplinary, engineering consultancy company. Founded in 1928, we provide expert design services in the fields of building services, sustainability, energy supply and master planning. We excel in combining sustainable and innovative concepts with reliable and practical implementation to help our clients build comfortable, safe and sustainable working and living environments.

We became involved with the development of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport in the 1960s’, and still are a valued partner of the airport today. Based on more than 50 years’ experience, Deerns has developed a strong international airport practice that is fully dedicated to creating safe, sustainable and comfortable airport environments. We work closely with airport operators, architects and contractors in various stages of airport development. Projects have been realised for more than 100 airports worldwide.
We are independent from manufacturers, vendors and contractors. As such we ensure that our clients always receive the best solution to meet your business needs. Please do not hesitate to contact us with your inquiries.

Airport planning and development

Deerns takes a holistic approach to developing airports. An airport to us is not merely a collection of buildings and runways: it is an important entity in local and national economies and societies. Airports generate employment and increase the connectivity of a city with the rest of the nation and the world. As such designing airports is a responsibility we do not take lightly. Deerns provides a service portfolio that helps our clients build safe, sustainable and comfortable airport environments.

Airports are constantly in flux. An ever-increasing part of the world population enjoys flight as means to travel, either domestically or internationally. Airports are cornerstones in our global economy. As such countries rely on them for the connection to the world. Increasingly airports are viewed upon as prestige projects for cities and countries. But airports also have a great impact on the local community.

As a result, holistic airport planning and development is vital to sustain airport operations in the long run. Deerns is able to assist airport in a variety of ways with their strategic planning and development that is based on operational experience, process expertise and state-of-the-art technical knowledge.

Our early engagement with a project enables clients and architects to understand the implications of the demands presented by the airport processes and regulations at an early stage. We are able to translate stakeholders’ requirements into technical solutions and integrate them into the operational airport environment.

Our airport planning and development portfolio includes:

  • Airport master planning
  • Terminal planning
  • Airport operational planning
  • Terminal operational optimisation
  • Sustainability strategies
  • Certification
  • Sustainable aerotropolis development
  • Utility and network planning
  • Smart networks

Airport systems design

Deerns is one of the few engineering consultancies with in-depth expertise in virtually all facets of airport systems design and processes; security, telecommunications, passenger processes, baggage handling, aircraft ground handling, airfield ground lighting and navigational aids.

The importance and complexity of technology within the airport environment is growing rapidly. Airports rely on a number of specialised systems in order to facilitate airport-specific processes. As a result, independent consulting engineers are vital to the success of airport development, construction and operation.

These systems deal with communications information and the processing of passengers and their baggage, the aircraft ground handling and the aeronautical navigation and surveillance.

Our airport systems design portfolio encompasses:

  • Terminal systems: check-in systems, telecommunications, baggage handling, security, public address voice announcements, etc.
  • Aircraft ground handling: hydrant refuelling, passenger boarding bridges, 400hz ground power, pre-conditioned air, potable water, aircraft sanitary services, visual docking guidance system, apron floodlighting, etc.
  • Aeronautical and meteorological systems: aeronautical ground lighting and signage, navigation and landing aids, ground control and surveillance, air traffic control and communication, meteorological facilities, etc.
  • Building physics: acoustics, heat gains, insulation, etc.
  • Transportation and life-safety: escalators, travelators, elevators, flow simulation, fire exit strategies, etc.
  • MEP systems: HVAC, high, medium and low-voltage systems, sanitary services, etc.

Advisory services

In addition, Deerns provides advice to airports in planning stages and throughout the operation. We make a wide range of skills, knowledge and experience available to our clients. As such, Deerns is a partner of choice for any airport development or expansion project.

Research projects may involve operational studies, technical analyses and reviews of policies or procedures. When new opportunities or solutions are identified we are able to assess their feasibility and develop business cases for their implementation.
Our staff has a wide range of experience with airport operations, endowed with the knowledge and expertise to analyse and benchmark facility performance. We combine our knowledge of the operational environment with detailed technical knowledge of systems and equipment to best serve our clients.

We maintain our position at the forefront of technological developments by participating in industry initiatives and establishing best practices. Our staff is involved in the drafting of various industry standards.

We see asset management not only as a way of cutting costs, but as a way of creating benefits. It is a source of innovation for the creation of new revenue streams. Communication and information technology provide a continuous stream of new possibilities for monitoring, analysing and optimising everything that goes on at the airport.

Rather than simply being a user of IT systems, airports are now providers of services: to the passengers, airlines and tenants but also to local businesses and urban areas. By combining knowledge from a large number of airports, and from a wide range of projects in infrastructure and the built environment, we are able to realise the full potential of airport facilities.

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Deerns Designs Greenfield Airport in Ghana

To open up the poorly accessible Volta region in Ghana, the Ghanese government has decided to have an airport built near the town of Ho. The new airport should be finished in 2016. Deerns was approached by the Ghanese contractor Amandi to come up with a complete design for this airport.

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Fleminglaan 10

2289 CP Rijswijk


+31 88 374 0000 +31 88 374 0010

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Deerns Consulting Engineers

Fleminglaan 10

2289 CP Rijswijk


+31 88 374 0000 +31 88 374 0010
US Office

110 16th St.

Suite #1200




United States of America

+1 720 880 1820
UAE Office

Business Park 1

Opposite Terminal 3, Office 106

P.O. Box 145840

Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates
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+49 221 5741 0 +49 221 5741 206
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