GIS Needs Assessment/Implementation Plan

Location: Washington, D.C.

Client: Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

Completion Date: Ongoing

Burns & McDonnell has been providing engineering services to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) for more than 30 years. Consequently, MWAA requested Burns & McDonnell provide an enterprise-wide geographic information systems (GIS) needs assessment and implementation plan. The authority includes both Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport.

Like most airports today, MWAA faces increased demands on aging infrastructure, movement of more people through gates and increased security pressures. Burns & McDonnell’s multidisciplinary team is identifying costly and time-consuming business processes and automating how MWAA handles its spatial information needs. From Airport Layout Plan (ALP), FAA Part 77 airfield obstruction and Part 150 noise monitoring requirements to pavement management and parking lot configuration, lease space management and evacuation routes, Burns & McDonnell is creating methods to ensure accurate and rapid access to vital location information for MWAA staff.

Upon completion of the GIS needs assessment and implementation plan, MWAA will have the tools needed to implement a state-of-the-art data management strategy aimed at maximizing its use of valued infrastructure and facility information. It will be able to extract more revenue from limited resources, and it will have the ability to better plan for future needs.


  • GIS planning
  • Database development
  • Application development
  • Data collection