An automated environment for soils- and terrain-dependent applications

Amr A. Oloufa, Masaaki Ikeda

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This paper explains the development of an integrated information environment that is designed specifically for applications dependent on information related to soil types and terrain of the project site. This covers a wide variety of applications such as shallow and deep foundations, trenching, earthmoving and tunneling. The design of this environment takes into consideration the typical requirements of the project team with an emphasis on integrating requirements for both design and construction. The environment reported here is comprised of three main modules, a relational database for the storage and display of soil borelog information, a geographic information system that displays the geographical locations of soil studies, and a module that is used to develop a three-dimensional profile of the soil layers between any number of borelogs. The user may also develop cross sections of soil layers in any direction. This paper reports on the hardware and software used and concludes with a discussion of future extensions to the system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-146
Number of pages8
JournalAutomation in Construction
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1995 Jun
Externally publishedYes


  • GIS
  • Integrated environment
  • Soil database
  • Terrain-dependent applications
  • Three-dimensional soil layers
  • Visualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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