How AeroSTRIPE helped AECOM achieve compliance quickly, efficiently and effectively.
Like other airfield planners and designers the team at AECOM use standard CAD programs to manually draw intricate airside markings.
This can often be a time consuming process. For example, to create a hold bar marking a technician has to draw each element of the marking individually, ensuring they are correctly sized and spaced. Using this method it can take 2 or 3 minutes to draw each element with no guarantee that it is compliant.
In order to ensure compliance with the standards governing airside design, a considerable amount of time can also be spent referring back to CAP 168 and other relevant documents to check details such as correct size of letters, thickness of lines, and lengths of arrows.
For several years AECOM’s airﬁeld designers and planners have been looking for a more eﬃcient way of creating accurate, fully compliant airside markings but until recently, hadn’t found one.
On becoming aware of AeroSTRIPE a dedicated airside marking design application, AECOM were keen to try it.
Following a trial of AeroSTRIPE, Andrew Elliot, Airport Technician at AECOM's Manchester office shares his thoughts.
"Using AeroSTRIPE’s rule-based markings, set within the parameters of the standards we work to, we’ve found that we can achieve compliance much more quickly and eﬀectively. As we work with airports in the UK as well as abroad, it’s really handy that both CAA and ICAO requirements are covered by the software.”
Draw with Ease
“We’ve also been impressed by the ease at which we can now draw diﬀerent kinds of markings, whereas previously we were using a very slow manual drawing process, with AeroSTRIPE all we need to do is select the start point, end point and type of marking. Over time I can see that this will certainly help us work much more eﬃciently.”
“It’s also much easier to edit markings - AeroSTRIPE retains objects as sets of markings meaning that linked elements are automatically redrawn each time the main marking is modiﬁed.”
“Another feature we’ve found particularly useful is the quantity take oﬀ. Helpfully, once you’ve completed your line work you are able to export a table detailing the meterage and materials involved. This will help improve the accuracy of the estimates we currently provide to clients. Airports really appreciate these estimates as they assist with budgeting and help them to evaluate the value of the quotes they receive from their suppliers.
AECOM were able to see the potential of AeroSTRIPE to improve the way they work.
Having already used the software for a number of projects including the design of 5 new stands and a taxiway for a major UK airport looking to increase capacity, AECOM were happy to report that the software does deliver on its promise: designing accurate, compliant airside markings has never been quicker or easier.
"The support team have been great to deal with - always quick to answer our questions and find ways to help us achieve what we need to do."