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Airfield lighting specialist atg airports has been selected to further develop the existing airfield infrastructure and lighting control system at Sydney Airport.
The scope of this project includes the control and monitoring of new stop bars at 49 separate locations and two runway intersection protection points, all of which are designed to improve airfield efficiency and provide a secondary indication to pilots that might prevent them from mistakenly entering an active runway. The works involve the installation, testing and commissioning of new taxiway and stop bar lights, primary and secondary cabling, relocation of existing CCR’s, around 1,000 Smart switches as well as 50 airfield microwave sensors to detect the exact location of aircraft on the airfield.
While the airfield developments are all part of the airport’s Master Plan to accommodate its forecasted growth in airline travel, the atg airports SmartControl airfield lighting control and monitoring system currently installed at the airport is designed to be expanded without impacting on live airport operations. The use of a topology database to hold airport specific information allows for all necessary modifications to be carried out with minimal retraining of ATC staff caused by expanding the existing system. Utilising atg’s SmartControl field technology, which the company says has performed reliably at the airport for the last ten years, enables the manufacturer to offer a future proof solution that will: “interface seamlessly with the control system technology of tomorrow”.
Commenting on the contract award, atg airports Managing Director Kevin Armstrong said:
“We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this contract and to remain at the heart of one of Australia’s most prestigious and forward thinking airports.”
“Having been so closely involved in many aspects of the airfield development, atg engineers have built up a detailed understanding of the complexities of the airport; we are now looking forward to continuing to work in close partnership with Sydney Airport and our fellow contractors to ensure the successful completion of this critical programme.”
Work on site is due to start in October 2011 with completion expected in spring 2012.