Finding better ways to efficiently subsurface data should be high on the to-do list for most geotechnical engineering companies. But why?

Across the globe, every industry is grappling with how to best redefine data use and storage – and geotechnical engineering is no exception. Data volumes are exploding, flexible and remote working is on the rise, compliance requirements are mounting, and clients expect more value on a tighter turnaround.

How can you better connect your teams with data to enable faster decision-making?

A move to the cloud is the next step, but finding the right partner, updating processes and systems – and training a team – can seem like a daunting task. Anton Wu, OpenGround Solution Specialist, Technology Cloud Engineering, Seequent, said,“When you’re making the switch to a cloud-based geotechnical information management solution OpenGround can help.” Mr Wu has over seven years of geotechnical engineering experience across major local and international transport infrastructure projects, and understands that having the right tool for the job is crucial.

The power of openground

Seequent’s secure, scalable, cloud-based OpenGround software brings together every stage of the information gathering process in one connected data environment. It’s the next generation of data management solutions to help geotechnical teams effectively collect, report, manage, visualise and analyse data.

“A typical day for a geotechnical engineer could be out in the field collecting data, drilling holes or performing analysis on the data,” Mr Wu said. “Typically, data is collected using the traditional pen and paper approach, digitised onto an offline desktop application and then transferred to a preferred analysis tool.

“This not only introduces the issue of double-handling information and human error but, with more engineers working remotely, the data they’re working on needs to be live, accessible and accurate at all times. “When you manage your data using OpenGround, it removes many friction points from your geotechnical workflow. And helps address many of the logistical problems that geotechnical engineers are all too familiar with, enabling engineers to focus on their engineering.”

Openground in action

Creating a one-stop shop for their geotechnical data has helped CMW Geosciences’ improve analysis, be more competitive, and increase value. The specialist geotechnical consultancy serves global clients across the mining, construction, and civil engineering industries, working from offices in Australia and New Zealand.

Fast, organic growth meant they were unable to easily replicate services across multiple offices. Many activities were performed manually, often leading to repetition or delays, and making the team vulnerable to error. Server failures or fires were among other potential risks flagged.

CMW decided to completely transition to OpenGround. By 2022 they had 68,000 boreholes and 671,000m of drill logs all held centrally in the cloud, and their teams are now more connected and can seamlessly collaborate with their securelystored data. “When you equip yourself with the right tools to make the necessary move to the cloud, you’ll be in an excellent competitive position going forward,” Mr Wu said.

With OpenGround, GeoStudio and PLAXIS, Seequent offers a world-leading suite of geotechnical analysis and information management solutions.

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