A Method for Computerized Site Characterization

by Alec D. Smith, Haley & Aldrich Inc, Cambridge, MA, USA,
Douglas G. Gifford, Haley & Aldrich Inc, Cambridge, MA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


Site characterization, the process of evaluating subsurface soil, rock, and groundwater conditions and their impact on project design and construction is a common element in every major civil engineering design. Mathematical techniques and microcomputer software are being developed to provide an integrated network of analytically sophisticated site characterization procedures. The software system will be used to plan exploration programs, to store and analyze data as it is obtained, and to evaluate design parameters utilizing visual and graphical techniques. The developed system will assist geotechnical engineers with the complicated process of site characterization. The result will be a more efficient process with an improved ability to understand and communicate the impact and relative importance of the many variables involved. This better understanding will result in substantial project design and construction savings.

Subject Headings: Construction sites | Computing in civil engineering | Soil analysis | Construction management | Subsurface environment | Soil properties | Groundwater | Computer analysis

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