Julie Vandermuelen is a Project Manager at Egmond Associates. Her role includes completing geotechnical reviews and reports, to better understand the stability of structures, slopes and more.
Much of her work relies on collecting accurate topographic information to support these studies, including cross sections of key features in the study area. To find the topographic data she needs, several different databases of contour maps and historical maps have to be reviewed – a time consuming process!
In some cases, it can be impossible to find accurate topographic information online. When adequate data isn’t available, the slope has to be measured in the field and the contours have to be manually turned into a slope profile by hand.