The Value of Data – The Qatar Geologic Mapping Project

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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 envisioned with the strategic foresight to compile and utilize existing and legacy subsurface data collected as part of its massive infrastructure and development projects as the foundation for developing modern scientific resources including geologic maps, digital thematic maps, and a 3-dimensional geological model of the Doha metropolitan area. 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 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.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title The Value of Data – The Qatar Geologic Mapping Project
DOI 10.1061/9780784482162.002
Volume 314
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher American Society of Civil Engineers
Contributing office(s) Eastern Geology and Paleoclimate Science Center
Description 12 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title Geotechnical Special Publication
First page 12
Last page 23
Conference Title Eighth International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering
Conference Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Conference Date March 24-27, 2019
Country Qatar