The Geotechnical Engineering Response to Big Data: Reactive Versus Proactive… You Can Choose
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Let’s start with the premise that the current state of geotechnical data management leaves a lot to be desired and that geotechnical engineers have historically been poor data managers.

Left to their own devices and without an external push, the status quo will be considered acceptable to many practitioners because it is painful to change current practice and because many practitioners do not see a need to change based on input and response from owners, clients, and contractors.

In the world of automated geotechnical instrumentation, in-cab construction data collection and control; geographic information systems and data visualization, LIDAR, drone surveys, etc., these practitioners will quickly find that conventional techniques for data management cannot be sustained and will soon be recognized by their clients as being unacceptable. So, what to do? We can go the way of the dinosaur and slowly be considered irrelevant or we can get in front of the parade and be recognized as leaders and innovators. Ongoing work at several public and private organizations and universities clearly shows that you certain practitioners are of the latter mindset, so this presentation and message might be considered “preaching to the choir.” However, it is often beneficial to have another preacher lead the tent revival. This presentation will provide examples of how the geotechnical world should be looking to the future regarding data management and visualization and how we can get there in an efficient manner.

Publication Summary

  • Geosyntec Authors: Robert Bachus
  • All Authors: Robert Bachus
  • Title: 2019-2020 Cross USA Lecture
  • Event or Publication: Event
  • Practice Areas: Geotechnical and Geological Analysis, Modeling, and Engineering
  • Citation: Robert Bachus, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE (Georgia) will present on the topic "The Geotechnical Engineering Response to Big Data: Reactive Versus Proactive… You Can Choose" as part of the 2019-2020 Cross USA Lecture hosted by the Geo-Institute live on YouTube at 1:50 p.m. EDT/10:50 a.m. PDT on July 23, 2020.
  • Date: July 23, 2020
  • Location: Virtual
  • Publication Type: Platform Presentation