Innovative Thinking: Expanding the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) Runway

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)

MA Engineering Consultants, Inc. (MAEC) is providing aerial surveying, topographical surveys, and Level A and B SUE services for the replacement of Runway 5L/23R, including the parallel Taxiway “B” at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU).  The runway is RDU’s longest, and is needed to accommodate and attract new transcontinental and international flights.

According to an article titled RDU gets ‘green light’ for expansion and upgrades by the News & Observer’s Richard Stradling, the 10,000-foot runway on the western side of the airport which opened in 1986 needs to be replaced in the next three to five years before it reaches the end of its useful life.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)

RDU International Airport Plans

In the same article, spokesperson Kristie VanAuken said the environmental studies for the new 11,500-foot runway would begin soon. It will be built parallel to the current 10,000-foot runway on the western side and will help the airport attract more long-distance flights, including perhaps nonstops to China.

MAEC will provide aerial mapping services for the project which involves collection of high resolution aerial LiDAR, as well as imagery and creation of planimetric and topographic products in accordance with FAA AC-18B specs and Airport GIS standards. The final products will go through a rigorous QA / QC process, and accuracy analysis will be performed on the LiDAR products.

MAEC is also providing conventional topographic survey in areas determined to be unattainable, or does not meet accuracy requirements, from the aerial survey mapping using conventional methods, as well as bathymetric sounding to provide underwater ground elevation.

Using our HD laser scanner, MAEC will perform a BIM survey of the electrical Vault 2 interior in support of the electrical vault analysis / validation.