GIS Data Systems for Remedial Investigation

GIS Data Systems for Remedial Investigation

Location: Former Schilling Air Force Base, Salina, Kan.

Client: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District

Burns & McDonnell performed a remedial investigation at the former Schilling Air Force Base near Salina, Kan. Activities included geophysical surveys, radiological surveys, hydraulic testing, downhole geophysics, monitoring well installations and wetlands surveys. Sites included dry cleaning facilities, landfills, hazardous waste storage areas, recreational ponds, skeet ranges, motor pools and other facilities associated with military installations.

The use of a geographic information system (GIS) was critical in providing these services to the project team:

  • Assembled survey, geologic and laboratory data in a data management system comprised of Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Access databases
  • Geospatially registered and assembled a sitewide basemap from tiled sections
  • Using Intergraph Modular GIS Environment (MGE) software suite, constructed and maintained a GIS for sample location and laboratory results data
  • Using Intergraph Environmental Resources Management Applications (ERMA) software suite, produced supporting material for the Remedial Investigation report
  • Using ERMA Site Geologist, produced three-dimensional fence diagrams showing contaminant distribution along three intersecting cross sections
  • Using Intergraph GEOMedia Webmap a project website was created which allowed project team members to query and view map data online

Burns & McDonnell defined the nature and extent of soil and groundwater contamination at the site and selected Chemicals of Concern based on analysis of the data presented in GIS figures. Results of the study were presented to the Corps of Engineers and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) in a Remedial Investigation Report. The implementation of GIS on this project saved hundreds of hours of computer-aided drafting and design, resulting in significant cost savings to the government.

  • Database design
  • Data management
  • Spatial analysis
  • Internet site

Primary technologies used: 

  • MGE
  • ERMA
  • Site Geologist
  • SQL Server
  • MS Access
  • GEOMedia Webmap
  • Microstation