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 2015 Consultant Geotechnical Workshop

On June 3, 2015, the ODOT Office of Geotechnical Engineering (OGE) held a Geotechnical Workshop for Consultants.  Information and topics presented and discussed were as follows:
·  ODOT geotechnical specification/requirement updates
·  Overview of new Geotechnical Fee Guidance and Proposal/Invoice Format
·  Overview of ODOT/OGE exploratory methods
·  OGE’s Geotechnical Data Management System (www.odotgeoms.org)
·  Foundation/retaining wall design guidance changes
·  Assessment of pavements built on chemically stabilized subgrades
·  Overview of gINT library and new tools for converting logs into soil profile sticks
·  Assessment of performance of reinforced soil slopes on ODOT projects
Adobe Acrobat Viewer (pdf) versions of the PowerPoint presentations of topics presented and discussed are now available HERE.

 Subsurface Investigation Qualification

National Highway Institute Course Offered
Subsurface Investigation Qualification
March 30 - April 1, 2015
Hampton Inn
7043 Miller Lane, Vandalia, Ohio 45414
Phone: 937-387-0598
The course is being offered by the National Drilling Association (NDA). ODOT Consultant Prequalification Requirements and Procedures, issued June 2010 state that after July 1, 2011, in addition to experience requirements, two prequalification categories require certification of personnel by the NDA. The course being offered is part of the certification process. For the category of Geotechnical Field Exploration (2.18), the field drill crew supervisor shall be certified. Only drill crew supervisors that meet these requirements are eligible to supervise geotechnical field explorations in the field. For the category of Geotechnical Drilling Inspection Services (2.19), at least one drilling inspector shall be certified. Only drilling inspectors that meet these requirements are eligible to perform these duties in the field.
Detailed course and registration information can be found at:
On-line registration for the course can be made at:
Questions regarding the NHI Subsurface Investigation Qualification course may be addressed to the NDA office at 877-632-4748.

 Visual Classification for Geotechnical Logging of Soil and Rock Stratum

Course Description:
The Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Visual Classification Course for Geotechnical Logging of Soil and Rock Stratum is being offered by the Office of Geotechnical Engineering on September 10 and September 16, 2014. The focus of the course will be to provide a working knowledge of the current requirements for the classification of both soil and rock materials as related to geotechnical explorations for ODOT projects. Anticipated attendees for the course are individuals who will be involved in field or laboratory visual classification of samples, development of boring logs, or the QA/QC of the process as required by the ODOT Office of Consultant Services. The course is designed to be hands-on, involving both classroom and laboratory instruction and exercises. The course goal is to provide adequate instruction so that the Consulting community will be able to provide a standardized and uniform submission of boring logs and soil profiles.
Course Outline:
08:30 - 10:30: Soil Classification
10:30 - 10:45: Break
10:45 - 11:30: Soil Classification – Hands On
11:30 - 12:30: Lunch – On Own
12:30 - 14:30: Rock Classification
14:30 - 14:45: Break
14:45 - 16:00: Rock Classification – Hands On
16:00 - 16:15: Break
16:15 - 17:00: Practical Exam
For a course flyer and registration information, click HERE.
Course Instructors:
The course will taught by Mr. P. Paul Painter and Mr. Adam Willis, Geologists with the ODOT, Office of Geotechnical Engineering. Mr. Painter has been with ODOT since 2005 and Mr. Willis has been with ODOT since 2009. Prior to working for ODOT, both were employed as consultants working on a wide range of transportation, heavy infrastructure and site development projects. Mr. Painter is a Licensed or Registered Geologist in three states.

 2013 Consultant Geotechnical Workshop

On May 7, 2013, the ODOT Office of Geotechnical Engineering (OGE) held a Geotechnical Consultant Workshop for consultants.  Information and topics presented and discussed are as follows:
·         OGE/ODOT Geotechnical Update
·         OGE’s Geotechnical Data Management System
·         Structure Design Common Issues
·         Ironton-Russel Bridge Load Tests
·         District 8 Geotechnical Projects
·         General Question/Answer
Adobe Acrobat Viewer (pdf) versions of the PowerPoint presentations of topics presented and discussed are now available HERE.

 gINT Download Files


The ODOT gINT Library, Data Template, and Example Project files are available HERE.  gINT version 8.2.004 or greater is required to use these files.  For those who do not have gINT version 8.2.004, or do not wish to use the ODOT gINT Library and Template, we are also making available the Official ODOT Symbols and Tiles for use in gINT Reports.