Application of GIS to the Planning and Preliminary Design of the Vancouver Island Highway

by W. Herzer, H.A. Simons Ltd, Vancouver, Canada,
W. M. Johnstone, H.A. Simons Ltd, Vancouver, Canada,
R. L. MacDonald, H.A. Simons Ltd, Vancouver, Canada,
C. Goodbrand, H.A. Simons Ltd, Vancouver, Canada,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Civil Engineering Applications of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems

Abstract: Crippen Consultants and Reid, Collins and Associates(divisions of H.A. Simons Ltd) have completed the corridor selection and preliminary design of a section of the Inland Island Highway between Qualicum Beach and Campbell River on Vancouver Island for the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Highways. The highway section will consist of 127 km of 4 lane, limited access highway, 30+km of other roads, 37 major stream crossings, 10 interchanges and 28 other grade structures. The highway will pass through environmentally sensitive terrain in an environmentally aware province. One of the tools used to support the planning process was GIS. The work involved the mapping of resources and the analysis of environmental impacts associated with fisheries, wildlife, forestry, water quality, hydrology, soils, vegetation, agriculture, land use and recreation. This paper will describe the procedures that were followed to develop the databases and applications. In the future, GIS may improve the process of aggregating qualitatively-defined impacts and engineering project costs.

Subject Headings: Highway and road design | Geographic information systems | Islands | Highway and road management | Mapping | Environmental issues | Systems engineering | North America | Canada | British Columbia | Vancouver

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