About the research
GeoTechTools (www.geotechtools.org) is a web-based information and guidance system for geotechnical solutions for transportation infrastructure. This SHRP2 solution, developed under project R02, provides a framework for selecting appropriate geo-construction and ground improvement technologies to use for site-specific project conditions and constraints. For each of more than 50 technologies, significant technical and cost information is provided that allows users to complete feasibility, design, quality assurance, and preliminary cost studies; most of this information is provided in several PDF files for each technology. A key feature of the system is a technology selection/workflow tool that poses questions about geotechnical project conditions to the user and identifies applicable technologies based on the responses.
The primary objective of this project is to upgrade the GeoTechTools website platform from its current ColdFusion 10 platform to one that includes a content management system (CMS) that would allow non-technical users to update web content. Additionally, this update will improve the functionality and capabilities of the present system so users can better navigate the system and optimize the website for viewing and interaction experience across a full range of digital devices (desktops to mobile phones).