The Lost Art of Engineering Geological Mapping

Dr. Fred Baynes

Engineering geological and geomorphological mapping is an essential part of the investigation, design, and construction of most projects, yet this crucial activity is often carried out in a haphazard manner or even omitted. Sometimes this is because project managers are simply unaware of the value that mapping contributes. Some examples of the potential consequences of not mapping were described (anonymously!) and a series of case histories of projects in different geological environments were then presented to illustrate typical mapping studies, the underlying thought processes, the production methods, and the overall usefulness of these maps.

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