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Geotechnology selection guidance and engineering tools for embankment, ground improvement, and pavement support applications

GeoTechTools (R02)


Many projects require geotechnical solutions that enable innovative project construction in restricted space and in challenging soil conditions. Many geotechnical solutions are either not widely used or are relatively new. As a result, the full benefits of these techniques are not realized as widely as they could be.


By assembling all the information needed to select, design, control quality, and specify soil improvement technologies for embankment construction, embankment widening, and pavement support into one convenient and comprehensive system, SHRP2’s GeoTechTools system provides transportation agencies and their contractors with the information to use proven technologies with confidence. is a web-based decision-making tool that has identified more than 46 geotechnical solutions for design and construction of embankments on soft soils, embankment widening, and pavement foundations. The website’s extensive and organized engineering tools collectively help engineers and project managers select and apply the most appropriate solution to site‐specific problems and conditions.


GeoTechTools accelerates the design and construction process by providing practitioners with a convenient and efficient way to identify and apply the best geotechnical solutions to site‐specific conditions and issues based on performance requirements. Using the tool can help agencies choose the technology that is the fastest to build, or that will complete the overall project faster.

In the Field

State Project Description Activity Contact
Arizona Implementation Assistance Program – The Arizona Department of Transportation is supporting project development and construction, including the development of specifications in Roller-Integrated Compaction Monitoring (RICM), to reduce project durations, improve quality of construction, limit environmental complications, and reduce the overall cost of construction. User Incentive Brent Conner
Arizona Department of Transportation
Connecticut Implementation Assistance Program – The Connecticut Department of Transportation is determining how to select the most appropriate and cost-effective geotechnical solution for several challenging geotechnical projects. User Incentive Leo Fontaine
Connecticut Department of Transportation
Florida Implementation Assistance Program – The Florida Department of Transportation is facilitating a series of workshops and webinars across the State, and is training users to select the most appropriate geotechnical recommendations that are site specific and within budget. User Incentive Matt Gisondi
Florida Department of Transportation
Iowa Implementation Assistance Program – The Iowa Department of Transportation is training staff on GeoTechTools in order to determine the most applicable and beneficial geotechnical solutions during projects’ conceptual and design phases. User Incentive Melissa Serio
Iowa Department of Transportation
Kentucky Implementation Assistance Program –The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is evaluating new ways to backfill bridge end bents. User Incentive Bart Asher
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Louisiana Implementation Assistance Program – The Louisiana Department of Transportation is evaluating multiple ground improvement technologies to determine the most effective solutions for the difficult soil conditions throughout Louisiana. User Incentive Chris Nickel
Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development
Massachusetts Implementation Assistance Program – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is supporting the advancement of innovative, accelerated, or overlooked solutions to support Design-Bid-Build (D-B-B) and Design-Build (D-B) delivered projects statewide in multiple transportation modes. User Incentive Tim Dexter
Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Minnesota Implementation Assistance Program – The Minnesota Department of Transportation is aiding the communication between geotechnical engineers and upper staff by helping decision makers understand proposed practices, cost analysis, potential risks, and design details. User Incentive Silas Nichols
Mississippi Implementation Assistance Program – The Mississippi Department of Transportation is implementing alternative geotechnical solutions for problem conditions encountered and supporting the resources associated with the preparation of comparative alternative cost evaluations. User Incentive Colleen M. Campbell
Mississippi Department of Transportation, Materials Division, Geotechnical Branch
Missouri Implementation Assistance Program – The Missouri Department of Transportation is developing a tool to locate and repair several existing slides in the region within a short time frame to create an economy of scale and lower the cost for repairing slides. User Incentive Silas Nichols
New Jersey Implementation Assistance Program – The New Jersey Department of Transportation is providing training and access to GeoTechTools to reduce risks that come up in developing, scoping, and executing highway projects involving geotechnical aspects. User Incentive William Kettleson
New Jersey Department of Transportation
New York Implementation Assistance Program – The New York Department of Transportation is providing assurance that viable geotechnical solutions are not overlooked and that existing resources are better managed to address future challenges. User Incentive Matthew Barendse
New York Department of Transportation
Utah Implementation Assistance Program – The Utah Department of Transportation is facilitating a workshop to train staff to identify the best geotechnical solutions during a project’s design phase. User Incentive Jon Bischoff
Utah Department of Transportation
Washington Implementation Assistance Program – Western Federal Lands Highway Division is accelerating construction by expediting the selection of the most appropriate geotechnical solutions for soil conditions. User Incentive Brian Collins
Western Federal Lands Highway Division
West Virginia Implementation Assistance Program – The West Virginia Department of Transportation is training consultants not familiar with GeoTechTools to assure that the appropriate geotechnical solutions are implemented. User Incentive Joe Carte
West Virginia Department of Transportation

Field activities also performed in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas during the research phase.

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