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Heathrow Airport Third Runway Expansion: CDE Development Challenges

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    This talk will describe the challenges encountered when developing the common data environment (CDE) of the expansion project. Heathrow Airport is the second-busiest airport in the world by international passenger traffic. The third runway will hugely increase passenger capacity and flight movement capacity. The expansion project requires the development of a highly constrained design from multiple suppliers that considers a vast amount of incoming information from multiple sources and stakeholders. The design must pass several major public and government approvals and is required to integrate into the current developing and future live digital twin of Heathrow. The CDE must facilitate all the challenges associated with the above to ensure the project can produce and provide the correct data and information needed for each audience as efficiently and cost effectively as possible. The design is developed in AutoCAD software, Revit software, AutoCAD Civil 3D software, and Navisworks software. Data is stored in Esri, ProjectWise, SharePoint, and other specialist databases.

    Key Learnings

    • Observe a complex multiplatform CDE for a UK airport expansion project
    • Observe the challenges and the pulls of different data requirements for different audiences and submissions
    • Learn from the mistakes we made, and what we would have done differently and more efficiently now
    • Discover how vital is it that people, process, and technology all be in place and maintained for success