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Mar 21, 2019
Eighth International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

The Value of Data—The Qatar Geologic Mapping Project

Publication: Geo-Congress 2019: Data, Software, Education, and a Tribute to Ralph Peck (GSP 314)

ABSTRACT

The State of Qatar is in a period of rapid development, modernization, and population growth. One of the most important factors influencing the long-term success and sustainability of future development is a comprehensive understanding of the region’s geologic regime, geotechnical conditions, natural resources, and environmental constraints. To obtain this understanding, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) of the State of Qatar has undertaken the Qatar Geological Mapping Project (QGMP). The project was developed with strategic foresight to compile and utilize existing subsurface data collected as part of its massive infrastructure and development projects. Recently, the MME, in consultation with Gannett Fleming Inc. (GF) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) concluded the data collection and analysis phase (Phase I) of the two-phase QGMP. Phase I included: the development of a comprehensive geotechnical relational database (GRDB) populated with data digitized from more than 13,000 subsurface data logs; a detailed data quality analysis and distribution assessment; an extensive gap analysis and needs assessment; and careful design of the geologic mapping and subsurface investigation programs for the next phase of the project. The comprehensive GRDB will allow the MME, other government agencies, and their representatives, the ability to quickly search, query, and assess available geological and geotechnical data for use in site evaluations, project planning, and decision making.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The authors would like to thank the State of Qatar Ministry of Municipality and Environment and various inter-government agencies for their support and data contributions to this project. We thank the United States Geological Survey staff for their insight and geological expertise that is responsible for guiding this project toward its scientific objectives. In addition, we would like to thank the staff at Gannett Fleming, W.L.L. based in Doha, Qatar for their hospitality and support throughout the duration of the project.

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Geo-Congress 2019: Data, Software, Education, and a Tribute to Ralph Peck (GSP 314)
Pages: 12 - 23
Editors: Christopher L. Meehan, Ph.D., University of Delaware, Sanjeev Kumar, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Miguel A. Pando, Ph.D., University of North Carolina Charlotte, and Joseph T. Coe, Ph.D., Temple University
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Joseph T. Krupansky [email protected]
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Gannett Fleming Inc., 1010 Adams Ave., Audubon, PA 19403. E-mail: [email protected]
Michael A. Knight [email protected]
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Gannett Fleming Inc., 207 Senate Ave., Camp Hill, PA 17011. E-mail: [email protected]
Randall C. Orndorff [email protected]
United States Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Dr., Reston, VA 20192. E-mail: [email protected]
Khaled M. Al-Akhras, Ph.D. [email protected]
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Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Doha, Qatar. E-mail: [email protected]
Ara G. Mouradian [email protected]
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Gannett Fleming Inc., 1010 Adams Ave., Audubon, PA 19403. E-mail: [email protected]
Ali F. Saleh [email protected]
Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Doha, Qatar. E-mail: [email protected]

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