RMIPA is currently concluding a project to digitally map the Amata Kabua International Airport (AKIA). This project was initiated by the FAA, as they now require airports to provide digital geographic information systems, or GIS, data to assist with airport planning. Previously, planning between RMIPA and the FAA was done manually, by mailing CAD drawings between Majuro and Honolulu.
In order to create the GIS database, RMIPA’s contract team analyzed existing CAD files of AKIA, acquired satellite imagery of the area surrounding AKIA, performed a ground survey of safety critical airport features, conducted an analysis of obstructions around AKIA, and digitally extracted detailed airport data from the satellite imagery. This project culminated with the submission of an FAA-compliant dataset to the FAA’s Airports GIS website.
As a result of completing this project, RMIPA will now be able to digitally collaborate with FAA regarding matters concerning AKIA, allowing for faster and more informed decision making. The GIS data will now also be available for future contractors who are performing projects at AKIA, eliminating the need for duplicative survey work, resulting in project savings for RMIPA. In addition, RMIPA will be able to use this data in a variety of ways to assist in the management and operations of AKIA and its facilities.
By complying with the FAA Airport Surveying – GIS Program, RMIPA is positioned to continue receiving U.S. FAA Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants in order to maintain and build critical air transportation infrastructure, with the goal of growing aviation related development for the benefit of Majuro and the Marshall Islands.
Completion of this project puts RMIPA at the forefront of the new paradigm in which airports will be managed in the future. RMIPA’s contract team will be visiting Majuro during the week of February 17, 2014 to present the results of the project to the RMIPA Board of Directors.