New Civil Engineer

11 Apr 2024

Gatwick Airport has developed a cloud-based geospatial data platform to make engineering and construction works safer by reducing accidental strikes on buried utilities.

It also supports better management of the airport’s biodiversity, while plans include its use as an asset planning tool and as the basis for a comprehensive digital twin of the airport.

The platform, known by airport management as GIS, was created using GIS (Geographic Information System) technology from location intelligence and mapping specialist Esri UK, which was selected by Gatwick via a competitive tender.

The GIS platform provides a single view of buried assets including gas, electricity, telecoms, water and fuel, which will prevent accidental damage to utilities across the 650ha site. Infrastructure information hosted by the platform includes BIM, CAD, utilities, environmental, aerial photography and legacy data, spanning the 70-year history of the airport.

[Read more: Gatwick Airport implements mapping tech to monitor assets and environmental impacts | New Civil Engineer]

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