LAS VEGAS, NV (Autodesk University 2014 - The collection and reporting of geotechnical data in the United States is sometimes an archaic process utilizing old technology and the recreation of data. Keynetix HoleBASE SI helps drag the process into the modern age. With the utilization of a database system the program helps collect historical data from past projects and utilize current field data. The program allows for the import and export of information from a variety of sources. The data is presented into borehole logs, quick sections, charts, and graphics to convey the geotechnical information.
In addition, the software provides what appears to be an easy-to-use extension to AutoCAD Civil 3D. This extension allows the user to create surfaces based on borehole data. The extension then creates Civil 3D surfaces to assist in the analysis of data to determine where geotechnical issues, such as the location of peat, soft areas, or other concerns, may occur. The Civil 3D surfaces then may be used to determine an estimated quantity of soil remediation required. The Civil 3D link to the data is integrated dynamically. Changes to the information in HoleBASE are reflected in Civil 3D after a refresh.
One big selling point for geotechnical engineers participating in the design-build process with contractors is the ability to data mine existing data in the system. The product does this by storing the data in a Microsoft SQL database. This data may be utilized to estimate existing soil conditions at or near a proposed site to provide the contractor with a better guess at what soil conditions are present when a preliminary geotechnical report has not been done. The data may also be used to determine the cost-effective location to place a building to avoid adverse soil conditions that may require expensive soil remediation or foundation systems.
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|Christopher Fugitt is a civil engineer who has worked in both design and construction. He is the owner and blogger at Civil 3D Reminders and currently provides civil engineering related services through his company, Civil Reminders. More…|