JR Greenwood BSc, MEng, MICE, MIHT. This paper was first published in GE’s September 1988 edition.
Computers are now used in many areas of geotechnical work for the control of field and laboratory testing and for the presentation of results and reports. A number of organisations have developed computerised borehole logs to improve the efficiency of collection and presentation of data (Howland and Podolski, 1988), (Chaplow, 1986), (Finn and Eldred, 1987). But generally the end product has been the production of the conventional borehole log. There have been attempts to put borehole information on to data bases (Howland and Podolski 1987), (Raper-Wainwright 1987). Whilst these have demonstrated considerable potential for analytical work, once the data is on the computer, the inhibiting factor has been the time and effort involved in typing in the borehole log and test data.