Airport Engineering

Airports present a specific challenges which are unique in terms of civil engineering. From the planning and design phase, where issues such as modal integration, traffic forecast, cost-benefit, risk, feasibility, topography and climate have to be considered, through to construction, requiring a considerable amount of resource mobilization, through to the operation phase, with continuous maintenance, safety and infrastructure upgrading, airports are a particularly complex subject, as they represent a considerable investment with large social, economic and regional development impact.

Airports are continuously evolving, in parallel with the economic evolution of the region in question. This requires development of the infrastructure to maintain performance level and/or upgrading them according to the requirements resulting from the projected passenger and cargo traffic volumes. Such infrastructure includes:

• Runways;
• Taxiways and Connecting ways
• Apron
• Passenger Terminal Buildings
• Hangars
• Cargo Buildings
• Auxiliary Infrastructure (engineering buildings, warehouses, catering buildings, fuel supply, power supply, roadways, etc)

Infrastructure performance is standardized by local aviation regulations and in the case of international airports by ICAO standards. This, in conjunction with the tight security requirements inherent to the exercise of airport operations, and the specificities of airport infrastructure, makes their maintenance and development practice a specialty task.

IGADES professionals have vast experience in this field. We further emphasize the importance of airport pavements as a fundamental infrastructure of airports, regarding which the following topics are included in our range of services:

• Airfield pavement analysis and design;
• PCI inspections;
• ACN/PCN Evaluation;
• Pavement Management Systems;
• Consultancy in regard to maintenance, retrofitting and strengthening procedures.

IGADES offers LiDAR services which may be used to various degrees in airports. Of particular significance is GIS based management systems and surveys of airside infrastructure (example: PCI inspections).