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Location Intelligence for Air Transport

Learn how CVG, one of the busiest airports in the country, uses up-to-date location intelligence.

“Nearmap helps us make sure that our mapping and base mapping – our plan and metrics from a utilities standpoint – is as accurate as possible. It gives us a real sense of what’s actually out there.”

Michael MillerCAD and GIS Specialist, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)
It’s one of the fastest growing airports in the United States, with a massive 7,700 acres to manage. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport – known as CVG – switched to Nearmap high-resolution aerial imagery to stay on top of the many rapid developments occurring on its land.

The Challenge at a glance

Current, up-to-date imagery

Naturally, the airport was already using aerial imagery, but content from a previous provider was limited to a four-year cycle for updates – simply not enough to keep pace with construction activity, additional airfield equipment and third-party projects happening on the property.

The Solution at a glance

Unlock the truth on the ground

CVG works closely with major companies developing on the airport’s land. In 2017, Amazon announced it would build its first Prime Air hub at CVG. Keeping track of third-party development is especially important given the airport must adhere to strict FAA requirements.
An airport acts as a “city within a city,” according to Brian Cobb, CVG’s Chief Innovation Officer. With over 7,000 acres (3,116 hectares) to manage, it can be challenging to keep track of every tiny detail – unless you have the right tool for the job.

Business Impact

Access rich location intelligence

The high resolution of Nearmap imagery helps CVG locate and monitor individual signs, roadways, and terminal facilities. “The granularity and the pixilation is so minor, we can actually look at the condition of the signage and the wording that’s on the signage,” Cobb said. This helps CVG maintain an accurate database for asset management.
Nearmap is also invaluable from the standpoint of safety, security, and land management. Miller has used Nearmap extensively to verify pavement markings, for environmental analysis, and utilities mapping.

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