Aviation Infrastructure

Exploring Digital Twin as Design Tool for Infrastructure Projects

SAAN has been actively exploring the concept of digital twin on its application on large infrastructure projects. Recently when working on Zhengzhou International Airport’s (CGO) Phase 3 Expansion project, SAAN’s design team built an extensive 3D model of the existing airport before designing any expansion work, analyzing the airport’s evolution and getting an in-depth understanding …

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Zhengzhou International Airport Phase 3 Expansion Master Plan

Among China’s large airports, Zhengzhou International (CGO) is considered one of the luckiest, grows the fastest, and has the strongest support from the local government. Speaking of luck, CGO was chosen by Apple’s Asia Sidekick Foxconn in 2010 to build one of the largest iPhone manufacturing plants right on airport property. The reason is that …

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Linyi INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (LYI) TERMINAL 3 Architectural Design

Linyi is a city in China’s Shandong province. Its international airport was originally built in 1958, and later expanded in 1991 and again in 2016. The current passenger terminal 2 was built in 2017. In recent years, with LYI’s passenger throughput exploding, it has been operating under capacity for several years. A new terminal is …

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Mega Cargo Airport Master Plan and Sortation Hub Architectural Design

Global e-commerce consumption is exploding and inducing a dramatic expansion of air cargo facilities around the world. China’s adoption of the “One Belt One Road” strategy, has added to the confidence level of this huge expansion. SAAN was invited to participate in an international design competition for a greenfield airport being planned at a location …

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Beijing Daxing Airport Aviation-Led Economic Impact Study

With its immense scale, Beijing Daxing Airport will bring forth immense economic development of subsequent aviation-led growths around the airport. However, there are three very different categories of airport community developments. Different primarily in their development about airport development, the airport passenger and cargo capacities, the airport’s distance from major cities, and regional population and …

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Ethiopia New Airport & Logistics Industry Park Project Study Report

Themed as “Africa’s Lion Rising”, we prepared a special project report on the new gateway airport and the logistics industrial park for Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa. This report was a joint effort with China Communications Construction Company (CCCC). Selected in a confidential location, the new greenfield airport will be connected with the City of Addis Ababa …

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Runway Strengthening Projects Bidding Assistance

Over the past ten years, SAAN has provided bidding assistance services to more than five international construction firms on more than ten runway-strengthening projects. Recently this included runway strengthening work at Kamembre Airport in Rwanda and at Shah Amanat International Airport in Bangladesh. Runway strengthening is very specialized construction work. It is more than just …

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Zhengzhou International Airport (CGO) New Passenger Terminal Complex Architectural Design

The project is a part of CGO’s Phase 3 Expansion plan. It includes a new terminal 3 building, one or multiple satellite terminals, and a ground transportation center (GTC). With this expansion, CGO will upgrade its throughput capacity to about 130 million passengers annually by the Year 2045. We based our design on IATA’s Optimum Level …

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