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    Washington State Department of Transportation

    Washington State DOT’s gINT and GIS Integration

    Washington, United States

Project Summary

Project

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) needed to consolidate multiple geotechnical projects into a single database to make that information and years of scattered legacy data available in a Web GIS. This will enable subsurface data consumers to easily access and query the information. With geotechnical reports and logs readily available to the various stakeholders throughout the state, WSDOT could maximize efficiency, increase data-reuse, eliminate errors, and save time and money.

Solution

Using gINT Professional Plus, WSDOT can provide geotechnical data to subsurface data consumers, such as civil engineers, structural and bridge engineers, and geotechnical engineers in a self-serve manner through its enterprise Web GIS. Having all geotechnical data in one database allows for seamless geospatial integration. Users can spatially query legacy data and quickly find critical information based on location, project number, state route, mile post, soil type, rock type, and more. These queries are critical for preliminary investigations before a project begins. By using gINT Professional Plus, WSDOT eliminates the need to search through various directories to find PDFs of boring logs.

Outcome

The ability to spatially access legacy data saves time and money as subsurface data consumers don’t have to re-collect data already obtained from a previous project. Crucial geotechnical information can quickly be found in advance, minimizing surprises during the design phase. gINT Professional Plus also eliminated the need to convert the files and export them into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet one project at a time, and repeating the process when edits were made to the gINT files. Any edits to the dataset now show up immediately in the GIS layers.

Software

Using Bentley software, WSDOT saved data in a non-proprietary format, which was available for reuse by subsurface data consumers such as civil engineers, structural and bridge engineers, and geotechnical engineers for their designs. Centralizing multiple projects in an enterprise database that is integrated with a Web GIS supports collaboration. gINT Professional Plus provides subsurface data management tools for data acquisition, validation, queries, reporting, and data sharing among stakeholders. It allows users to create, report, and query subsurface data from an unlimited number of projects.

Outcome/Facts
  • gINT Professional Plus is interoperable with geospatial applications, which enables sharing geotechnical information in a Web GIS with many subsurface data consumers.
  • Centralizing multiple projects in an enterprise database with gINT Professional Plus saves hours of time on each project and eliminates the need to search through various directories to find PDFs of boring logs.
  • Making geotechnical reports and logs readily available to the various stakeholders throughout the state was crucial to maximizing efficiency, increasing data-reuse, eliminating errors, and saving time and money.