RETRIEVAL AND USE OF GEOTECHNICAL INFORMATION

In an effort to furnish insights into the need for and benefits from investigations and correlations of exploratory data (obtained from various sources including governmental agencies and private consulting firms), the acquisition and retrieval of such information is reviewed, the benefits from such a system are described, and an example is presented of geotechnical investigation and the collection of data. Published information sources include technical publications of professional societies, government agencies (federal, state and local), and small groups such as university libraries. Attention is focused on field investigations in specific localities and the pooling of information by concerned design professionals. The benefits to be gained through such cooperative effort is illustrated by a case history from Kentucky. The details are outlined of the preliminary literature search, the bedrock geology is summarized and information on surficial soils was obtained form material published by the county soil survey. The retrieval of field investigation data involved gaining access to files of exploration data (of exploration consultants) and boring logs (from the Metropolitan Sewer District and the State Bureau of Highways). Field reconnaisance was then conducted to verify reported conditions and to investigate the division of the county into pedologically-derived soil areas. The analysis and interpretation of data are briefly outlined. The importance is emphasized of field exploration, as well as the compilation of data from concerned professionals which would be readily accessible to interested individuals.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of the Ohio River Valley Soils Seminar, held October 5, 1973. This conference was sponsored by the Kentucky Soil Mechanics and Foundations Group of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Civil Engineers

    345 East 47th Street
    New York, NY  United States  10017-2398
  • Authors:
    • Hagerty, D J
    • Schmitt, N G
    • Pfalzer, W J
  • Publication Date: 1974-12

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 9 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00097152
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 10 1975 12:00AM