Recent norms assign full responsibility to the airport manager for the safety of the entire infrastructure which must be guaranteed by carrying out various activities. Among these, one of the most important is certainly the continuous monitoring of the efficiency of all (diurnal and nocturnal) signal devices, which have to signal all possible obstacles to air navigation within and without the airport.
The competences and responsibilities of the airport manager are limited to monitoring the efficiency of the hazard monitors (as specified in the ENAV folder) and associated maintenance (D.Lgs no. 96/05) whereas classifying something as ‘an obstacle to aerial navigation’ (and subsequent listing in the ENAV folder) is exclusively the competence of ENAC.
While the airport manager has no ‘active’ role on paper in the acquisition or management of data relative to ‘an obstacle to aerial navigation’, in order to guarantee the full safety of the airport, there has to be continual and frequent surveys and monitoring of the existing obstacles and certified as such.
This requires a heavy commitment both operationally and economically due to:
- the extension of the areas to control (generally thousands of hectares)
- Wide variety of monitoring targets (buildings, pylons, antennas, trees etc.)
- Required accuracy for altitude positioning of targets
- Repeat frequency of the surveys
The company service guarantees high productivity, technological innovation and compliance with the norms.
GIS Design offers specialised consultancy in:
- Obstacles and delimitation mapping, in accordance with ENAC guidelines
- Realisation of aero-photogrammetries, numerical cartographies, LiDAR surveying campaigns and digital terrain models (DTM)
- Topographical surveys by means of high precision GPS
- Realisation of Obstacle Limitation and Identification Surfaces (in accordance with Annex 14 and 15 by ICAO)
- Census of the air navigation obstacles within the areas under jurisdiction of the airport manager (in accordance with Annex 14 and ANNEX 15 by ICAO, Area 2, 3 and 4) and realisation of obstacles monographs (in accordance with the Appendix 8 and the Annex 15)
- 3D Geographic Information Systems planning and structuring aimed at representing and managing the air navigation obstacles and the obstacles maps.
- Implementation of the Electronic Terrain and Obstacles Data (eTOD), in accordance with Annex 15 and Terrain and Obstacle Data Manual by Eurocontrol
- Obstacles marking and lighting systems monitoring, even in real time by means of automatic systems of malfunctions’ surveying.
For years the company has been dealing with census and monitoring of obstacles to air navigation and drafting obstacle maps for some of the main important national airports.
Moreover, of late the company supports the municipal administrations affected by aeronautic restrictions for preparing planning proposals in order to attenuate them.
By using 3D informative local systems, specialized software achieved by the company for this scope and particular high-efficiency operating procedures, GIS Design is able to satisfy numerous needs about airport safety.
ALBATROS was specifically designed for managing existing air navigation obstacles and analysing local data of airport interest, by allowing the management of existing obstacles and the chance to pinpoint possible new ones by means of three-dimensional analysis achieved by the software itself.
This software is currently employed at the Catania and Palermo Airports and its original design lowers costs and time required to supply this service, which is a legal requirement.