GIS Boosts Capital Projects
On major construction projects—such as airports—technology can help improve data collection and compliance, making projects more efficient.
As one example, Woolpert, www.woolpert.com, Oak Brook Terrace, Ill., has been awarded a five-year contract to provide GIS (geographic information systems) services for San Francisco Intl. Airport.
Woolpert Project Director Mark Ricketson says the work could involve GIS data collection, compliance with Federal Aviation Admin., airport GIS standards, and also implementing strategic planning services. The project comprises GIS application development and integration with existing airport business systems, and updating data previously collected by Woolpert.
It was more than five years ago Woolpert was awarded a full airport-wide data collection effort with airspace analysis at SFO, Ricketson says. He adds about two-and-a-half years later, the company updated the data to reflect the improvements and changes to the airfield.
San Francisco Intl. Airport is in the midst of a $4.4 billion capital improvement plan, which includes a newly completed air traffic control tower, a new Terminal 1, a new 350-room hotel, and numerous cargo and service-related buildings.
Ricketson adds SFO’s airfield, building facilities, and supporting infrastructure will continue to change as new capital projects are constructed, and that the GIS contract will support the analysis of those changes and reflect updates to the airport.
SFO is the seventh largest airport in the country, per total passengers, according to the Airports Council Intl. The airport had more than 47 million passengers in 2014, its most recent report. The five-year contract includes GIS services and data collection in compliance with FAA standards, as well as systems integration.
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