The Dubuque Regional Airport (DBQ) was one of two airports in the FAA Central Region taking part in a national FAA Airports GIS (AGIS) pilot program. As program manager, Foth provided ground survey assistance, aerial imagery, remote sensing, GIS application development assistance and coordination with the FAA National Planning Office and the National Geodetic Survey office.


Existing data were compiled and ground survey and high-quality geo-referenced color aerial imagery were acquired and used by Foth to develop an FAA AC 150/5300-18B compliant base map. Along with base mapping, Foth performed an airspace survey and completed a study to recommend improvements to the current runway approaches.


The completed GIS database met FAA standards for airport utilities, base mapping, planning information and property information, and provided DBQ with the groundwork for all future compliance to the new FAA geospatial standards (FAA AC 16, 17, 18) and custom GIS system benefits.