US: Woolpert has been awarded a five-year contract to provide on-call geographic information system (GIS) services for San Francisco International Airport (SFO). According to Mark Ricketson, Project Director of Woolpert, the work could involve GIS data collection, compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airport GIS standards and implementing strategic planning services.
The project also includes GIS application development and integration with existing airport business systems, and updating data previously collected by Woolpert. “A little over five years ago, we were awarded a full airport-wide data collection effort with airspace analysis at SFO,” Ricketson said. “Then about two-and-a-half years later, we updated the data to reflect the fairly significant improvements and changes to the airfield.”
The 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 said 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.
“We enjoy working for such a world-class airport, which cares so much about technology and sustainability,” said Ricketson, adding that Woolpert works extensively in sustainable design under its architecture and engineering disciplines. “The staff makes SFO one of my favorite clients.” Woolpert is expected to begin the GIS project this month.