Planning by Database

by John V. Miller, Jr., (F.ASCE), Vice Pres.; HDR Infrastructure, Denver, CO,
Alan Jackson, System Mgr.; HDR Infrastructure, Denver, CO,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1987, Vol. 57, Issue 6, Pg. 65-67

Document Type: Feature article


Denver's Stapleton International Airport cannot handle the growing volume of air traffic and will be replaced by an entirely new $3 billion Denver Metropolitan International Airport located 16 miles northeast of downtown. This is the first U.S. airport to be planned and designed with advanced computer software. In the planning stage, completed in mid-1987, a geographical database was developed to provide all consultants with uniform information about floodplains, land use, hydrography, roads, public land surveys, contamination, ownership utilities, contours, soils and demographics. These topics were compiled as layers in the database, and each or any selected parts can be combined, accessed and cross referenced in any number of forms. The database was developed by HDR Infrastructure as one of the dozen components of the Master Plan. The new airport will open in 1992.

Subject Headings: Airports and airfields | Soil pollution | Air traffic | Land surveys | Databases | Computer software | Land use | Soil surveys | Denver | Colorado | United States

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