Geotechnical and Geological Engineering

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 941–963 | Cite as

Japan’s Nation-Wide Electronic Geotechnical Database Systems by Japanese Geotechnical Society

  • Hiroaki Todo
  • Koji Yamamoto
  • Mamoru Mimura
  • Susumu Yasuda
Original Paper


On October 15, 2010, the Japanese Geotechnical Society (JGS) announced the public release of ‘Nation-wide Electronic Geotechnical Database Systems,’ which provides geotechnical information to the public on the internet. The information the system provides is a collection of ground models at 250 m by 250 m in plan built by using data from various geotechnical information databases. The paper first describes historical development of the geotechnical information databases in Japan, and introduces a 5-year project, ‘Integrated Geophysical and Geological Information Database in Japan,’ led by the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED), and participated by the JGS. The paper then presents the JGS’ ‘Nation-wide Electronic Geotechnical Database Systems,’ and describes why such system was proposed and built, followed by the presentation of the examples for possible application of the system.


Geotechnical database Ground model Database linkage Information communication Urban geo-informatics Hazard map 



The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology


The Asian Regional Technical Committee No. 10 for ‘Urban Geo-Informatics’


The Integrated Geophysical and Geological Information Database


The Japanese Geotechnical Society


The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan


The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan


The Nation-wide Electronic Geotechnical Database Systems


The National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention


Potential of liquefaction


The Public Works Research Institute


The Special Coordination Funds for Promoting Science and Technology


The standard penetration test


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hiroaki Todo
    • 1
  • Koji Yamamoto
    • 2
  • Mamoru Mimura
    • 3
  • Susumu Yasuda
    • 4
  1. 1.Overseas DepartmentKiso-Jiban Consultants Co., Ltd.TokyoJapan
  2. 2.Geotechnical Information GroupGeo Research InstituteOsakaJapan
  3. 3.Department of Urban ManagementKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  4. 4.Division of Architectural, Civil, and Environmental EngineeringTokyo Denki UniversitySaitama-kenJapan

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