Ohio DOT has been at the forefront of streamlining geotechnical data management for the last decade. Due to serious deficiencies in requiring the exchange of data via gINT project files, in 2017 Ohio DOT engaged Dataforensics to perform an assessment of their in-house processes as well as the processes for several geotechnical consultants that provide data to Ohio DOT. The goals of this assessment were:
- Review how DIGGS can streamline and improve consultant’s workflow for managing geotechnical data.
- Identify how Ohio DOT can further improve their internal processes using DIGGS.
- Develop a roadmap for Ohio DOT to realize their ultimate goal of obtaining geotechnical data from their consultants using DIGGS instead of PDF borehole logs containing information.
This paper provides a summary of the findings of this report with significant focus on how DIGGS (data interchange for geotechnical and geo-environmental specialists) benefits both consultants, DOTs and contractors. The typical consultant workflow for subsurface geotechnical data will be discussed in detail identifying the limitations, inefficiencies and opportunities for error that can be eliminated using DIGGS. Additionally, several examples of organizations already using data interchange around the world will be presented to highlight advantages these organizations have because of the widespread usage of geotechnical data interchange in their countries.