Drafting FAQ

Your field data can be in your field forms or field notebooks, or GroundLogs field forms, and sent in scanned PDF file format.

Ideally, yes (and this is industry best practice)! Your upfront effort to peer review the field logs before sending them for drafting will result in more complete and accurate information on the first drafted logs and result in less edits and rework, and quicker receipt of the final logs.

Please make sure your field logs contain the following information (where appropriate):

1. All pertinent information about the drilling event (i.e. drilling company, method, diameter, boring and well materials, etc.);

2. A USCS or soil classification code and minor constituents, moisture, color, etc., for all soil samples;

3. Munsell color name when the Munsell color system is used to describe soil/rock color;

4. Consistency and density for driven samples, where appropriate; and

5. Well construction details when wells are installed.

First of all, ensure that the scanned copy of the logs is sufficiently dark so that any handwriting can be clearly seen. We will do our best to read your handwriting and will contact you with clarifying questions. In cases of extremely illegible handwriting, there may be an additional charge for drafting logs (and a friendly suggestion that you eventually consider migrating to electronic field logging :-).

When requesting log drafting services, we ask that you specify the type of service (Data Digitization, Log Drafting – gINT® or LogPlot®, or Premium Drafting), turnaround time (7-day or 3-day), and template type (standard geotechnical or environmental). If you require logs to be drafted in another template previously used by your company, or in one of your templates, please let us know and send us an example of that template or file(s) required to draft logs in that template. Also, please let us know if you have a company standard format/sequence for lithologic descriptions, e.g., color first, then soil group name and symbol, followed by moisture, etc.

The indicated log drafting turnaround time is in calendar days.

Yes. To date, we have drafted logs in an Excel template required by a city government and in a custom gINT template created to match the template required by a state environmental regulatory agency. Please let us know if you have a regulatory template that you would like us to draft logs in or create a custom template for.

Yes, edits are typically included, and these may include adding boring/well survey coordinates and elevations once that data has been received. There may be an additional charge for edits if they entail reworking most or all of the log.