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Best Practices to Mapping of Subsurface Utilities Prior to Construction

Assigned to Erik Bullard
Last Edited by Erik Bullard

Develop practical guidance to airports on how to map existing utilities, preferably without excavations, to avoid damage during airside construction, based on best practices by the industry and latest tools and technology available.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

Maintaining effective and efficient airport operations can depend on the full functionality of airport infrastructure. With airport improvement projects ongoing seemingly without pause, ensuring that utilities are not disrupted during construction can increase the safety of operations and personnel, and support the continuity of operations. Researching best practices used by airports of all sized to identify hazards to key airport infrastructure and providing such information to management will equip them to better, and more importantly proactively, identify critical infrastructure before construction activities start. Such methods might include Geographic Information System (GIS) based solutions and appropriate enterprise governance in the form of well established processes and procedures. With new and advance technologies, like unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with various sensors able to be carried as payloads, the methods to locate and assess the risks to key infrastructure are evolving rapidly. This synthesis will provide airports with information upon which better risk based decisions can be made.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

A synthesis of industry best practices, available tools and technologies for mapping critical infrastructure and identifying hazards to critical infrastructure during airport improvement projects.



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