COMMUNICATING NEW QUATERNARY MAPPING RESULTS TO NONGEOLOGICAL END USERS
Traditional geologic maps commonly use a vocabulary focused on depositional environment and geologic history. Many end users use vocabularies focused more on geotechnical behavior or other industry standards such as grain size variation. To further complicate this situation, different industries and end users utilize different standardized classification systems and definitions, sometimes with the same word having different meanings.
To support improved communication with the end users of the data, we are collecting relevant geotechnical, hydrologic, and analytical data from prospective end users, and spatially incorporating those data into our geologic database. These data are associated with the stratigraphic and lithologic information collected for each geologic map unit. The use of GIS software and databases allows for management of these diverse data, and they are used to quickly produce specific derivative draft maps for varied applications. This facilitates more effective communication of the relevance and significance of map information to the diverse audience of end users for the geologic map data.