Implementation and Transition of Data Interchange for Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists (DIGGS v2.0)
Data Interchange for Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists (DIGGS) is an XML-based system developed under a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) State Pooled Funding Study led by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) from 2005 to 2012. This system was developed to become an industry-standard protocol for transmitting and storing geotechnical and geoenvironmental information serving a wide range of public-sector institution and private-sector industry organizations. A standard geotechnical data transfer format allows data providers, be it field data collectors, testing laboratories, or managers of data stored in a proprietary software, to efficiently serve stakeholders, including owners, regulators, engineering consultants, and the broader geotechnical community. Data files are produced in an open and consistent format that can then be readily imported, managed, and analyzed by stakeholders who require the data for preparing geotechnical boring logs, laboratory test summaries, performance monitoring instrumentation reports, and in situ testing profiles and reports. A standardized open and consistent format, developed and managed by the geotechnical and geoenvironmental community, lessens the burden on software developers and vendors who can now write code to perform translations to and from a single data exchange format instead of providing support for multiple proprietary and often closed formats. The objectives of this project were to complete the Beta testing of DIGGS Version 2.0, create training and development tools for users, and develop a sustainable business plan.