Using a web-based geographic information system (GIS), you can:
- explore the relationship between Boston history, soil, and buildings
- look at historic maps to see how Boston has changed since 1775
- compare the surficial geology to the subsurface conditions found in a soil boring
- connect existing buildings and their foundations with the soil conditions beneath them
If you are new to GIS, start with the tutorials. The tutorials will allow
you to become familiar with the map tools and how to read different GIS layers.
- Case Studies
If you are comfortable working with the map tools, these case studies will be
more challenging. The case studies will introduce specific buildings and help
you understand the relationship between buildings and subsurface conditions.
- Data Visualization
In this section, you can explore the data for each soil boring,
view cross-sections and 3-D renderings.
- BSP Database
Here, you can download the entire CA/T database or query against the
stratigraphy or the sample description tables.
This section has useful references and links about civil engineering,
Boston, GIS, and geology.
Windows: Internet Explorer 6.0, Mozilla 1.5, Netscape 7.2
Mac: Internet Explorer 5.2, Mozilla 1.5, Netscape 7.2
Cortona browser plug-in for 3-D visualization: (download the free plugin from Cortona)
Screen resolution: 1024 x 768 and up
Internet Connection: high-speed internet access is recommended to view the 3D renderings in the Data Visualization section
Tufts University is making this project available for students as well
as engineering and related professionals and assumes no responsibility
for its accuracy. The primary purpose of the site is educational. No
claim will be considered if the professional relies on this information
in his or her design, analysis, construction, or maintenance/operation
of the work and finds that it is inaccurate. The information,
conclusions and/or recommendations contained in this project are for
information purposes only. Subsurface information must be reviewed and
understood if such data are to be used for design, estimating or
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