American Society of Civil Engineers

Geographic Information System (GIS) Use in Geotechnical Engineering

by R. S. V. Player, P.E., (CH2M HILL, 2802 Wetmore Ave, Suite 500, Everett, WA 98201 E-mail:
Section: GIS Based Site Characterization and Geohazard Analysis, pp. 1-6, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: GeoCongress 2006: Geotechnical Engineering in the Information Technology Age
Abstract: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are tools for organizing, analyzing, and presenting spatial data. GIS can be used by geotechnical engineers to aid preliminary assessment through final geotechnical design. This paper introduces GIS and applications of the technology. GIS tools can be used to integrate existing data with project specific data; identify potential geological hazards; plan and track field work; create maps and figures; and improve communication. These tools can help identify potential barriers to project completion early in the design process that may help to avoid later costly redesign. Actual projects utilizing geotechnical applications of GIS are presented to illustrate.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Geographic information systems
Geotechnical engineering