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Tuesday, October 18 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Technical Session. New Horizons: A Tour of Engineering Applications of the NRCS SSURGO Soils Data

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AUTHORS: Ian Sleeper, Terracon Consultants Inc.

ABSTRACT: The NRCS Soil Survey Database is a rich and detailed dataset with wide applications across many fields; however, the data is held in a complex relational database format which can be confusing to casual or unfamiliar users, and can continue to surprise even experienced users with its breadth and depth of information. Several years of experience with SSURGO data has brought to light several interesting uses that provide insight into both the wealth of data available and the capabilities and uses of a relational database to represent complex three-dimensional attribute information. Some uses include slope stability risk modeling, engineering project development overviews, pre-field-task planning, and other thematic mapping and analysis applications. These uses highlight the value of the SSURGO data in the application of geotechnical and environmental engineering (due to the nature of experience and educational background), but the data is equally applicable to other study areas such as Forestry, Natural Resources, Agriculture, Municipal Planning, and others, given the proper background knowledge.

Tuesday October 18, 2016 2:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
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