Chicago O’Hare International Airport LandTrack

Chicago O’Hare is one of the world’s busiest airport, linking communities across the country and the globe. It also acts as a vital economic engine for Chicago and the nation. Chicago mayor, Richard Daley initiated O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP) to modernize and update the airport. The program involves a new airport layout plan to align existing runways and add new runways. A key task in moving this project was acquiring around 1,000 homes in the northwest and the southwest boundaries of the airport.

The land acquisition team is in charge of a very complicated task. Public outreach, appraisals of the properties, legal documents, communications with property owners, finding new properties to locate home owners and all the relocation logistics are all components of the program.

OMP realized the need for a database system as a tool to help manage this complicated project. They evaluated databases offered by several consulting firms, but none of the products on the market exactly met their needs. The clear choice for all members of the team was C&S’s LandTrack application.

When C&S came on board, the land acquisition team was already contacting property owners, mailing materials, and processing papers. C&S proposed delivering a simplified interface (Phase 1) of the LandTrack to allow the users to start entering data and updating property information. Just five weeks after signing the agreement C&S was able to deliver Phase 1. This delivery enabled users to have access to the database simultaneously from remote locations.

As part of the initial set up, C&S organized the data available to the land acquisition program team. Our database architects and specialists processed and imported the data, and integrated relevant information right into Phase 1 delivery. This process kept information and data entry by users to a minimum.

O’Hare’s LandTrack phase 2 was delivered on time and well within budget. LandTrack seamlessly integrates GIS capabilities, allowing users to visually locate a property in a map and create several maps showing the status of the program.