Satellite imagery can be used to monitor and publicise construction activities, as illustrated for the case of the development of Europe’s first airport on an artificial island. This opened on May 22 2015, as a morning Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul carrying 136 passengers arrived. The new airport, off the coast of the Black Sea, was officially opened by President Erdogan and Prime Minister Davutoğlu.
Construction of the artificial island in Ordu and Giresun, which cost around 360 million Turkish liras ($132.6 million), began in July 2011. Around 35 million tons of rocks were used to fill a 1.8-million-square-metre area of the sea. The airport’s runway is 3,000 meters long and 45 meters wide.
For construction projects, fresh satellite imagery can be searched for through Earthimages, and new imagery ordered to provide updates on the progress of construction activities. It is also possible using the same platform to plan for regular acquisitions over a period, to tie in to progress evaluation, publicity and other reporting and assessment requirements. Optical imagery down to less than a half a metre in resolution is now available providing imagery that looks as though it were collected much closer than from space.
Airbus Pleiedes 1A imagery from Airbus, recorded on 15 April 2015. Imagery can be ordered direct from the EarthImages platform to Airbus, or Geocento can carry out a search on your behalf.