Managing a $1.1 Billion Airport Expansion Using GIS and Intelligent Web Mapping

Those traveling through Edmonton Inter-national Airport (EIA) in Alberta, Canada, recently may have noticed the renovated central terminal and newly opened US terminal facilities, as well as other construction activities throughout the airport. EIA is undergoing a $1.1 billion expansion project that will nearly double its 5.5 million passenger capacity to accommodate the rapid growth in passenger traffic.
Airport Expansion

Edmonton International Airport. (Courtesy of Edmonton International Airport.)
Edmonton International Airport. (Courtesy of Edmonton International Airport.)

In addition to a more spacious terminal building, travelers can now enjoy more comfortable passenger lounges and more than 30 new shopping and dining outlets at the expanded terminal. The airport is also constructing a new central tower, a power substation, an upgraded utilities plant, and more than a dozen new aircraft bridges and ramps for aircraft parking.

Implementing such a large-scale construction project involves coordinated planning and execution among many groups, including hundreds of staff, contractors, and consultants. To efficiently manage the project, EIA leveraged web mapping technology to create a complete picture of who is where at the site and what construction project or activity may be occurring within its vicinity.