2012 Be Inspired Innovation WON AGAIN with gINT

The Mississippi Department of Transportation Geotechnical Department has won the 2012 Be Inspired prize for Innovation in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering with their implementation of gINT at Mississippi DOT – (Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.A.)

The win recognizes how Mississippi DOT used gINT to resolve data management issues.

A disjointed workflow for processing geotechnical field data in the geotechnical and materials departments had resulted in information being archived as Excel or PDF files with no search capabilities. Manual transfer of data between departmental reporting tools also introduced errors.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation implemented gINT to streamline the collection, processing, and storage of geotechnical data for use in boring log reports and GIS applications. The first phase of the project involved creating a geotechnical database structure, report templates, and a gINT subroutine to import existing spreadsheets.

Phase two expanded the database structure to accommodate triaxial test data and reports, and to import external lab data.

Be Inspired Special Recognition Awards winners for 2012 are listed at Be Inspired Winners.

2011's Be Inspired prize for Innovation in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering prize was also won using gINT:

Jan de Nul NV in their $5.5 billion Expansion of the Panama Canal used gINT to store and analyze geological data, and then used MXROAD to build 3D models of the material profiles.

In 2010, the first year the Be Inspired prize for Innovation in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering was awarded, a Be Inspired finalist in this category also used gINT:

Orion Engineering, Inc's Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park, Montana, USA, faced the task of stabilizing 30-foot-high retaining walls built in the 19th century. Using gINT to report the extensive subsurface investigation needed for the project, Orion developed an innovative micro-pile supported concrete road section design and avalanche modeling that can be applied to similar distressed areas.

Additional submissions from projects using gINT were included in Be Inspired publications in 2010:

Coffey Geotechnics' $2.8 million Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit Investigation in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, was a showcase for a redesign of their gINT database as a component structure to standardize reporting of data, enhance data mining and filtering, and allow gINT to better use geotechnical data for calculations.

Structural Soils Ltd's Hinckley Point Onshore Site Investigation at Hinckley Point in the UK used gINT exclusively to collate and manage all site and lab data collected from over 5 million kilometers of rotary-drilled drill cores.

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