The purpose of this study was to provide the Washington State DOT, Aviation Division with the broad based vision needed to apply new and emerging technology in geographic information systems (GIS) to aviation planning and reporting systems. The study develops a conceptual design for sharing geographic information pertaining to Washington's airports with FAA, airport sponsors/owners, and to other WSDOT divisions based on user requirements.
The potential users of the system were identified and interviewed to establish data and application priorities. The consultant team conducted user interviews with WSDOT staff in the Aviation Division, Management Information Systems (MIS), the Planning and Programming Service Center (P&PSC), and the local office of the FAA. The interview set the framework to develop GIS data priorities and applications. In addition, a conceptual database design was prepared.
The benefits of this shared system would be its ability to accommodate regular and timely data updates, analyze large and varied data sets, evaluate alternatives, present graphic and/or tabular outputs, as well as providing for changes in the technology that could make a more efficient system. The system could accommodate spatial relationships of aviation facilities as well as other transportation systems across the sate. The data could be accessed thought desk top computers from various locations and be easy to operate for the novice user.