Missoula Airport Terminal Expansion Remote Sensing Services
The Missoula Montana Airport (MSO) needed to expand to accommodate the growing traveling public. At the completion of the expansion project, MSO will have: a minimum of eight aircraft loading bridges and parking
positions, nearly double the footprint of the existing terminal, improved
energy and operational efficiencies, upgraded passenger amenities, improved technology, and enhanced security features.
Three-dimensional scanning is not new, but deliverability of 3D models on AEC projects can become problematic due to the size of the files. In many cases, surveyors will produce a model of an existing building only for the scan to be nearly unusable.
Morrison-Maierle’s survey team approached this issue with a new, client-centered focus. Once they downloaded the scans, they stepped back and analyzed the imagery to find the parts that provided the most value to the owner, architects, and contractors. They provided only the critical
information that loaded easily and quickly into MSO’s design programs without losing the accuracy that 3D scans provide.
They also coordinated and completed multiple drone flights that had to work within the controlled airspace under constantly changing conditions.
The result helped the design team come up with a phasing plan that is helping the owner deliver a new airport hub with all the amenities needed by western Montana travelers and the Greater Missoula area.