Massachusetts Depth to Bedrock Project

This project has the following objectives: (1) Identify, collect, assemble and apply necessary data validation, quality control, attribution and processing to each of the existing geoformation data sources to unify the information for modeling soil thickness; (2) Combine soil thickness values with the constraints in the recently completed statewide surficial materials map (outcrops and shallow bedrock areas), LiDAR data (surface elevation) and other sources to model a continuous soil thickness raster along with a data quality confidence raster using appropriate geostatistical or other methods; and (3) Use the soil thickness raster along with existing shear wave velocity data to generate a National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program soil classification map for Massachusetts. The main outcomes of this work will be resource maps in raster format showing the altitude of the top of bedrock and thickness of overburden that can be imported directly into Massachusetts Department of Transportation's (MassDOT’s) Geographic Information System (GIS) for use in helping plan and design any highway project in Massachusetts.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $114,675
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    10 Park Plaza
    Boston, MA  United States  02116
  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    Amherst, MA  United States  01003
  • Principal Investigators:

    Mabee, Stephen

    Clement, Bill

  • Start Date: 20210324
  • Expected Completion Date: 20221130
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01771411
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Massachusetts Department of Transportation
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: May 10 2021 3:32PM