Geographic Information System-Based Evaluation of Geotechnical Borehole Log Quality


Although standard procedures and methods are available for many aspects of geotechnical site characterization, the quality of the results of such activities can be highly variable because of a variety of factors, including limitations resulting from the test procedures. For initial projects, the nature of these limitations as well as their likely consequences can be reasonably accommodated; however, subsequent use of the same data in a later study may not have the benefit of this project-specific insight, particularly if the data have been archived in a digital database. Consequently, a technique for quantifying data quality is necessary. A geographical information system (GIS)-based methodology has been developed to allow for the evaluation of borehole log quality as a function of its intended use. The methodology uses a flexible hierarchical model to provide a quantitative measure of quality. The quality of the discrete boreholes distributed across a site can then be analyzed spatially within a GIS to provide a more complete assessment of quality for the entire project. This framework also allows for evaluation of the effect of additional borehole logs at a site and can be used to optimize such planning activities in a virtual environment.


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering


National Science Foundation (U.S.)

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Consequences; Geotechnical Site Characterization; Limitations; Test Procedures

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Publication Date

01 Jan 2001