SEGL Take the Lead in Digital Data Logging


Soil Engineering are once again leading the industry with the use of digital borehole logging technology across their Ground Investigation operations. SEGL’s latest purchase of 6 additional KeyLogbook systems feature the very latest Windows 10 based fully ruggedized [IP65 rated] Conkertab NS10 tablet computer.

This device, like the predecessor Motion CL series, was first identified by Soil Engineering and then adopted as the default device by Equipe Geosolutions, the supplier of KeyLogbook together with their developer, Keynetix.

Since first introducing KeyLogbook to the UK industry in 2011 Soil Engineering have continued to progressively invest in additional systems and in helping to identify and develop numerous enhancements to the software. This process continues with further improved and extended capabilities to be introduced shortly with the latest 2016 release.

Three years after Soil Engineering first introduced the methodology, British Standard BS8574:2014, Code of practice for the management of geotechnical data for ground engineering projects, formally recognised the advantages inherent in using electronic data capture in the field and concluded “Data should be collected at source, entered once and retained electronically eg in a computer system”.

The additional KeyLogbook systems will further extend Soil Engineering’s capabilities and allow delivery of digital data direct from site throughout all of their Ground Investigation drilling operations. In addition to delivering Driller’s Daily Report sheets, installation sheets and in situ permeability test results together with corresponding AGS v3 and 4 data, directly into the Soil Engineering server, KeyLogbook also produces uniquely identified bar-coded sample labels which allow improved sample traceability. The latest tablet systems also feature in-built scanners which allow scanning of bar-coded containers, particularly those used for environmental sampling, allowing improved chain of custody and sample schedules, all achieved by direct transfer of AGS4 format digital data into laboratory systems without re-keying.

This investment and innovation brings Soil Engineering’s clients numerous benefits compared to traditional paper-based systems including speed of delivery, consistency and completeness of data, error reduction by data validation at point of capture and, if required, simultaneous provision of AGS digital data for incorporation into Building Information Modelling [BIM] processes.

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