This report discusses the development of a computerized soils data system which facilitates collection, centralized storage, and retrieval of soils data developed by engineers and scientists for projects in Kentucky. Without such a system, much soils data are essentially lost after each project is completed. This system will provide data that can conveniently be used for developing preliminary sources of information for site investigation, for preparing regional soil maps, for land use planning, and for studying new and existing empirical relationships involving soil properties and characteristics.

Various types of data systems, the design of the system to include software and hardware, and the contributers and users of the system are discussed. The system is divided into collection, storage, and retrieval subsystems. The operation of each subsystem is discussed. A computerized system was selected as the most efficient. A file definition and coding system was developed and is included in the appendices of the report.

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