What Is Geotechnical Data And Why Is It Useful?

Posted on June 20 2013

What Is Geotechnical Data And Why Is It Useful?

Geotechnical data is on a very basic level the properties of the ground, which includes soil, geology in general, regolith formations and topography. Geotechnical engineering studies the behaviour of the materials in the earth and from there they can generate a map of the earth's conditions. This is extremely useful in many ways, and is commonly utilised by mining and petrol companies, as well as military and in construction. By performing a geotechnical evaluation, the engineers can map the stability, foundations and possible risks of an area, prior to mining or other industrial processes.

The most common use of geotechnical data is the creation of a digital geological map. These mapsare primarily used by mining companies and construction firms. The map will provide information that is imperative to the success of mining campaigns and large scale construction. The maps use geotechnical data such as the locations of large dense stones, geologic strata (sedimentary layers), surface exposure, bedding planes, and array of other structural features. This is then compiled into a relatively easy to comprehend map. Simply put, once geotechnical data is compiled into a geologic map, it takes out a majority of the guess work going forwards.

To correctly generate one of these maps, a full geotechnical evaluation must be carried out. First the needs of the client are assessed, then the site is fully investigated. Rock, soil, bedrock and other materials from on and below the site are collected and tested to better understand the area being mapped. From this,potential risks in the area are determined. These most commonly include sinkholes, landslides and debris flows.

Geotechnical data isn't limited to just a map, you can apply it to many other data styles such as a graph or even a simple spreadsheet. If required, geoscientists can organize, store and interpret your geotechnical data for you. If you have geological data that they did not collect, they can create a map for you using it. Many large organisations and government bodies still hold all of their geotechnical data in a physical form, so now the job of many geoscientists is to interpret all of this loose data and apply it to a digital form.

Orrbodies is one of the leading companies in Geotechnical services . It was started by two geologists (Tom and Lisa Orr) in 1998. They have worked in the Mining and Exploration Industries in numerous countries and have greenfields, oil, gas, gold and mining exploration experience. The Orrbodiescompany offers their services to a wide range of industries, and have also recently begun to offer their services for free with local environmental projects. The core work that they offer includes the compilation of hardcopy data into digital databases or into geological maps, the processing of geochemical data, and prospectivity mapping.

Geotechnical data has become an integral part of the mining and construction industries as well as many others. Whether their job is to perform a geological evaluation and create a map, to interpret existing data or just to compile hardcopy data into a digital form, without geotechnical professionals such as Tom and Lisa Orr, many industries would suffer. So if you believe your company would make use of geotechnical data, or have data that needs interpreting or compiling,contact Orrbodies for all your needs.

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