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ISRN Civil Engineering
Volume 2011, Article ID 372126, 7 pages
Research Article

A Web-Based Geotechnical GIS

1Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Department, The University of Alabama, 260 HM Comer, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, USA
2Computer Science Department, The University of Alabama, 2019-B Shelby, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, USA

Received 23 June 2011; Accepted 4 August 2011

Academic Editors: J. D. Nelson and I. Smith

Copyright © 2011 Andrew J. Graettinger et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A web-based Geotechnical Geographic Information System (GeoGIS) was developed and tested for the Alabama Department of Transportation. This web-based system stores geotechnical information about transportation projects, such as subsurface data, construction drawings, and design information. Typically, this information is in a report or plan sheet format, but raw geotechnical data can also be accommodated in the GeoGIS. The goal of this system is to provide easy access and storage for all geotechnical and subsurface structural information from across a state. Access through a secure web interface allows for keyword searches and interactive map selection. The web-based GeoGIS has four geotechnical layers (project, bridge, foundation, and soil boring) that can be displayed on a road map, aerial photos, or USGS 7.5 minute quadrangles. For testing purposes the GeoGIS was populated with multiple document types, formats, and sizes. In all cases, the system performed above expectations.