Airfield Development Masterplanning and Capital Expenditure Profiling

Airfield Development Masterplanning and Capital Expenditure Profiling

In 2014 the Dublin Airport Authority commissioned consultants to carry out the 30-year masterplan for the airport. Fjøri was appointed to assist the masterplanning team in the feasibility assessment for each and every airfield development phase. 

Dublin Airport (DUB) has a particularly challenging configuration, with a number of taxiway hotspots. There was therefore a need to critically review how each of the airfield development items could be achieved in practice. Fjøri was chosen to carry out this role due to it’s wide operational knowledge of airports and also its specific knowledge of Dublin Airport, with staff having carried out numerous projects at their airport in their careers.  

The airfield configuration at DUB relies upon a number of critical runway crossings and therefore the development of each airfield component has to be critically reviewed in relation to the availability and continued safety of each taxiway crossing.

Key Project Details

  • Airfield capacity analysis was carried out using FAA techniques and source software, modified by Fjøri to capture local country conditions. This approach permitted rapid appraisals of options without having to construct extensive network models.
  • Construction phase constraints analysed using ICAO criteria;
  • Use of Pathplanner Gate stand planning software in order to review stand layouts and pushbacks adjacent to existing terminals, avoiding conflicts with proposed developments;
  • Full ICAO compliance review, including risk analysis of potential deviations from standard.

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