Airport Site Selection Using Multi -staged Multi-dimensional Evidence Based Analysis
Peter Thornton, WorleyParsons
The Australian and New South Wales (NSW) Governments jointly developed an Aviation Strategic Plan (the Plan) for the Sydney Region which was released to the public in March 2012 . This paper described the analytical process and summarizes the major finding of the study.
The Australian and New South Wales (NSW) Governments jointly developed an Aviation Strategic Plan (the Plan) for the Sydney Region which was released to the public in March 2012 . To support the development of the Plan, a Joint Study was undertaken identify options and strategies to meet the aviation capacity needs of the Sydney Region over the short, medium and long terms (defined as 10, 25, and 25+ years respectively). A key input to this was the work lead by the authors to identify sites within the Sydney region which could potentially support the development of airports ranging in scale from a single runway commuter and general aviation scale to a full service, multi runway international scale airport
For the purposes of the overall Sydney Region Aviation Capacity (SRAC) Study, the Sydney Region was initially considered to extend north to the Hunter Valley, south to beyond Nowra, south-west to Canberra and west to Lithgow and later encompassed about 20,000 sq. kms of terrain to be analysed.
The study proceeded through a number of stages firstly to identify localities which met a set of 10 high level Greenfield airport location criteria and. were broadly capable of supporting airport development then to reduce those localities using an evaluation process fields by assessment against 32 criteria on advice from the Steering Committee, the 18 localities were reduced to initially nine and, latterly, seven localities for which ‘representative airports’ concepts were prepared ;those seven localities and the representative sites within them were subjected to a Rapid CBA assessment and further reduced to five “suitable site” localities. These five localities were then assessed in detail in four phase process:
• Phase One – using GIS methods, coarse screening of five localities within the Sydney Region to identify broadly suitable land for airport development;
• Phase Two - using GIS methods, application of key criteria to identify the more suitable lands within those areas;
• Phase Three – using 1:25,000 scale mapping to provide enhanced detail, identification of suitable sites within the more suitable lands using airport site location planning principles and development of concept plans for both airport types for each site identified.
• Phase Four - site and location specific analyses to identify the more suitable sites.
This paper described the analytical process and summarizes the major finding of the study.
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