BGS Geology and Regional Geophysics

Lead Research Organisation: NERC British Geological Survey

Abstract

The BGS Geology & Regional Geophysics programme carries out multidisciplinary survey and research into British geology, producing 2D and 3D geological maps and models. Our geological surveys use the BGS·SIGMA workflow, and together with outputs from our research and data holdings, this underpins the geological products and services that we provide. We provide information, expertise and advice about all aspects of geology for various customers and users. Our impartial research informs other major stakeholders such as the groundwater industry, environmental organisations, the minerals industry, land-use planners, and the public.

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Aldiss D (2012) Benefits of a 3D geological model for major tunnelling works: an example from Farringdon, east-central London, UK in Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology
Appleton J (2015) Geological controls on radon potential in Northern Ireland in Proceedings of the Geologists' Association
 
Description 1. The evidence for a new geological epoch which marks the impact of human activity on the Earth is now overwhelming according to a recent paper by an international group of geoscientists led by Colin Waters and jointly funded by the BGS Geology and Regional Geophysics Programme. The Anthropocene, which is argued to start in the mid-20th Century, is marked by the spread of materials such as aluminium, concrete, plastic, fly ash and fallout from nuclear testing across the planet, coincident with elevated greenhouse gas emissions and unprecedented trans-global species invasions. An international group of scientists is studying whether human activity has driven the Earth into a new geological epoch - the Anthropocene. The research has determined how human actions are recorded as measurable signals in geological strata, and how the Anthropocene is markedly different from the preceding Holocene Epoch of the last 11,700 years. The Holocene Epoch was a time during which human societies advanced by gradually domesticating the land to increase food production, built urban settlements and became proficient at developing the water, mineral and energy resources of the planet. The proposed Anthropocene Epoch, however, is marked as a time of rapid environmental change brought on by the impact of a surge in human population and increased consumption during the 'Great Acceleration' of the mid-20th century. The study shows that humans have changed the Earth system sufficiently and irreversibly to produce a range of signals in sediments and ice, and these are sufficiently distinctive to justify recognition of an Anthropocene Epoch in the Geological Time Scale.

2. Understanding the past climate of Arabia is important for studying human evolution, as the region lies at one of the major bottlenecks for human migration out of Africa. Two models for the movement of modern humans have been put forward. The coastal migration hypothesis suggests human populations expanded rapidly from Africa to southern Asia via the coastlines of Arabia approximately 50 000 to 60 000 years ago, the interior being too arid to support human populations. An alternative model suggests that humans migrated into the Arabian interior several times, beginning much earlier (about 75 000 to 130 000 years ago) when increased rainfall provided sufficient freshwater to support expanding populations. Research by BGS in collaboration with colleagues at Oxford Brookes University suggests that periodic changes in rainfall linked to changes in global climate, in particular shifts in the Indian Ocean monsoon, created several opportunities for humans to migrate across the interior of Arabia. By analysing river sediments near Al Ain, UAE, we unearthed a unique and sensitive record of landscape change in southeast Arabia spanning the past 160 000 years, which provides evidence for several wet climatic interludes during both glacial and interglacial periods. Previously, phases of increased humidity were thought to be linked to global interglacial periods, with the climate of Arabia during the intervening glacial periods believed to be too arid to support human populations. Now it considered likely migration pathways through the interior of the Arabian Peninsula may have been viable approximately every 23 000 years since at least 191 000 years ago.

3. Cardiff, a city of some 350,000 people, was once the largest exporter of coal in the world, however the majority of its docks are now infilled and there has been significant urban redevelopment over the last 20 years. Cardiff is underlain by geologically young 'superficial' deposits such as estuarine and river alluvium deposited by rivers and marine waters, and sands and gravels deposited from glacial melt waters at the end of the last ice age. The shallow sand and gravel deposits hold significant quantities of groundwater which can be readily accessed by drilling boreholes into the ground. Using 168 existing groundwater level monitoring boreholes distributed throughout the city we measured the seasonal temperature of the groundwater at 1m depth intervals using a thermometer attached to a long wire. We found that the groundwater in Cardiff is up to 4 degrees warmer than expected (Patton et al., 2015) making it an attractive prospect for the development of ground source heat systems. To help planners and developers make the most of this resource we produced a city-wide map showing the distribution of the groundwater temperature enabling developers to reconsider their future renewable energy strategy for Cardiff.

4. Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, is built along the upper Clyde estuary and lower River Clyde. In the heart of the city are the Clyde Gateway and Clyde Waterfront areas - the national urban regeneration priority for Scotland over the next 25 years. This regeneration will stimulate economic growth, drive smaller community regeneration projects, and tackle concentrated deprivation resulting from industrial decline. To underpin this regeneration we have developed integrated and attributed dynamic shallow-earth 3D models in partnership with Glasgow City Council and other organisations. This transdisciplinary project aims to make geoscience information more accessible, relevant and understandable to the wide range of users involved in the sustainable regeneration and development of Glasgow and the Clyde Gateway. The models are made available to users via the Glasgow ASK Network.

5. Peatlands are important for biodiversity, geodiversity (forming important geological archives for past environmental and climate change) and carbon storage. Peat depth information is essential for the estimation of carbon stocks. However, little data currently exists for upland western Scotland. In collaboration with Scotland's Rural College Hill & Mountain Research Centre we have used new datasets and geostatistical analyses and modelling relationships between peat depth and topographic and geological co-variants, to help improve peat depth predictions.

6. The latest update of the BGS National Geological Model UK3D was released in early 2016. This new version includes Northern Ireland and incorporates developments on the previous 2015 release, and includes the extension of selected cross-sections into the nearshore zone around England and Wales. UK3D forms part of BGS's work on better communicating the geology of the UK and is accompanied by brief accounts of the regional geology of England, Wales and Northern Ireland which were published in 2014. The latest improvements of UK3D have been co-funded by Radioactive Waste Management Ltd who plan to use the model to support work it is doing on national geological screening.

7. Detailed 3D characterisation of the subsurface geology has been completed to enable planning and design of the first ESIOS (Energy Security and Innovation Observing System) facility in west Cheshire, and for a second facility in Scotland. ESIOS facilities will allow independent, rigorous and replicable observations of subsurface processes that enable use of the subsurface for the benefit of society and the economy, and will stimulate research on underground energy technologies that will answer vital questions about how these technologies interact with the environment. Geological characterisation is vital to ensure that the £31M of capital investment earmarked by Government for construction of the two sites provides optimum opportunities and rigorous baseline data for world class research to be carried out at the two facilities by the science community.
Exploitation Route 1. Recommendations to formally establish the Anthropocene as a geological epoch will be considered by the International Commission on Stratigraphy in 2016.
2. Will inform further international research on the migration of humans out of Africa to Asia contributing to the wider picture of human evolution.
3. A local partnership formed between the BGS, City of Cardiff Council, Cardiff Harbour Authority and WDS Green Energy Ltd has led to a follow-on project funded by Energy Catalyst InnovateUK in 2015. As proof of concept for a city-scale underground heat capture system, we are installing an open-loop ground source heating system in a local nursery school and monitoring the sustainability of the system. Boreholes have been drilled to abstract water from the sand and gravel aquifer. Groundwater will be pumped from the aquifer so it can be passed through a heat exchanger, then returned into the ground via a second borehole. This type of system is called an 'open-loop' ground source heat pump. The heat we remove will be used to generate hot water to keep the school warm during the winter, whilst also helping to increase energy security, as well as reducing CO2 and our reliance on conventional fossil fuels.
4. The Clyde project is being followed up by a new projects in the Forth catchment and 'Northern Powerhouse' starting in 2016. Best practices from the Clyde project are being disseminated through an EU COST action (SUBURBAN) which currently has 23 national geological survey/city authority partners across Europe.
5. Upland environments present challenges for infrastructure. These can include the presence of thick peat, hillslopes and fracture rock. We are developing ways through which near-surface information, held and managed in geological models, can help planning for transport and linear infrastructure routes.
6. The national geological model UK3D will continue to be enhanced as a decision support tool for the development of nationally significant infrastructure in the subsurface. Improvements currently in progress include the insertion of faults into the model to improve our understanding of the major pathways for fluid movement in the subsurface and to highlight zones of significant uncertainty in physical properties that need to be considered by major construction schemes both above and below ground.
7. Further detailed work on the geology of the ESIOS sites in 2017 is moving on from the needs of facility planning and design to focus more specifically on information that encourages and informs the scientific questions and experimental design for the research to be carried out at the sites (see above for link to information on the ESIOS project).
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Construction,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Energy,Environment,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Transport
URL http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/capital/esios/
 
Description Summary 3D models produced by BGS have directly led to new groundwater abstractions and flood management schemes, and are critical in decision-making for regulating radioactive waste disposal and shale gas exploration. BGS leads international best practice in the use of 3D models to inform planning and sustainable management of the urban subsurface. Engineering response teams use BGS mobile mapping technology in the immediate aftermath of major disasters to direct remediation efforts. 3D visualisation software developed by a BGS/commercial venture informs outreach and operational design for high-value mining operations and radioactive waste repositories. Since 2010, BGS has developed and populated the National Geological Model (NGM), an integrated set of 3D geological models at various resolutions that is progressively replacing the geological maps as the primary information source on UK geology. To deliver impacts from the NGM, BGS has built on established relationships with government, regulators and industry in the water, environment, energy and minerals sectors to adapt outputs from 3D models to meet their specific needs. We have also developed and customised technologies for integration of geological data acquisition 3D interpretation and visualisation: BGS·SIGMAmobile software application was developed in 2003-5 and has been deployed on BGS mapping and modelling projects since 2005. GSI3D (developed by Insight GmbH) has been deployed by BGS from 2003 onwards for modelling the geology of the shallow subsurface and adopted in 2007 to build and exploit the NGM. BGS Groundhog Desktop GSIS (desktop geoscientific information system) is a graphical software tool for the display of geological and geospatial information such as interpreted (correlated) geological cross sections, maps and boreholes. In 2014, we released Groundhog as a web-based tool that enables users to interrogate local-scale 3D geology models. Groundhog allows people to explore the geological models by creating their own virtual boreholes or cross-sections. GeoVisionary (3D visualisation), developed with Virtalis Ltd, is used for integrating and visualising multiple, high-resolution surface and subsurface datasets, including not only geology but also subsurface services, infrastructure and excavations. Impact example 1 - Aquifers and shale gas If shale gas resources are to be developed in the UK, the implications for groundwater will need to be considered as part of any risk assessment. A step in such an assessment is to understand and quantify the spatial relationships between the potential shale gas source rocks (including both shales and some clay units) and overlying aquifers. Using the UK3D model as source information we have delivered, at the national scale and in partnership with the Environment Agency, information on the spatial relationships between principal aquifers and some of the major shale and clay units in England and Wales. This is done through a series of national scale aquifer/shale separation maps and supporting information about the geology and hydrogeology of the rock units. The maps are openly available on Open Government Licence terms but are also used by the Environment Agency to inform risk assessment and policy decisions on shale gas regulation. Impact example 2. Development of urban areas and major infrastructure Long-standing collaboration between BGS and Glasgow City Council (GCC) has firmly embedded BGS 3D models into the Council's development planning and control processes. The models provide the essential knowledge on ground conditions that enables the Council, neighbouring local authorities, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and potential developers to work together to remediate and redevelop challenging brownfield sites. GCC are partners with BGS in a pioneering knowledge exchange network (ASK) to maximise use of 3D models by the wider public and private sectors and facilitate improved engagement with the environmental research community. A newly appointed BGS/NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow is now assisting GCC in further use of the models, in developing statutory planning guidance for the subsurface of Glasgow, and in Building Information Modelling. A European Union (EU) COST Action (Sub-Urban) led by BGS, with GCC involvement (approved budget of around EUR 1 million), is developing a multinational partnership (currently 27 countries with 3 others pending), to spread established best practices, many from BGS and Glasgow, in 3D geological modelling, subsurface management, planning and custodianship to city authorities throughout Europe and beyond. BGS 3D models inform ongoing management of ground-related risks for Crossrail, one of the UK's largest infrastructure projects. The models and associated BGS staff expertise guide design of cost-effective ground investigations to resolve challenging and uncertain ground conditions that may pose substantial health and safety risks to tunnelling teams and considerable financial risk to the project. Impact example 3 - Exploitation of mineral resources BGS·SIGMAmobile and GeoVisionary are being adapted for use by Vale Mining, the world's largest iron ore mining company, for near-mine exploration data recording, resource modelling and visualisation, informing executive-level decisions on bringing new, high value ore prospects into development. GeoVisionary is also used to demonstrate Vale's environmental management plans to regulators, facilitating approvals of new mining operations. Impact example 4- Informing response to natural disasters The Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Inventory Data Collection Tools (IDCT) initiative is adapting BGS•SIGMAmobile for deployment in earthquake zones by rapid response and relief teams such as the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT). The tool enables rapid recording and risk assessment of secondary hazards such as activated landslides, damaged buildings and weakened infrastructure, enabling relief teams to communicate data in real time and manage further risks to affected communities and key infrastructure in the critical first few days following a major natural disaster. Impact Example 5 Geological maps and models of the behaviour of aquifer systems 3D geological modelling and mapping of the Chalk in the Chess Catchment in the Chiltern Hills provides water companies in the region (Thames Water & Affinity Water) and the Environment Agency with the geological tools to better understand, monitor, regulate and safeguard the groundwater resources in an area of serious water stress. The mapping also highlighted areas where runoff contributes directly to poor water quality in the chalk streams, whilst the modelling suggested a geological cause for artesian flow in water boreholes in the Chesham area. BGS geological mapping on the Chalk of the North Yorkshire Wolds has been used by a consortium of Yorkshire Water, Arup, the Environment Agency and Leeds University to better understand the role of geology on groundwater flow in the region. The aquifer here is prone to nitrate contamination, groundwater flooding and low-flows, with public water supplies at risk. However, the groundwater flow was not well characterised, mainly due to a poor understanding of the geology and the influence of faulting on flow patterns. BGS mapping in the Kilham catchment helped provide a much better conceptual model for groundwater flow in the region. User feedback stated "All the hydrogeologists that were involved in the BGS Yorkshire Chalk project last year were very impressed with the work done by you and your colleagues. For example the interpretation of the structural geology was comprehensive and much more accurate than we expected. Also you showed that the pattern of faulting in particular is likely to explain 'anomalies' in groundwater levels. This went beyond our best expectations for the project" Impact Example 6 Use of the BGS UK3D model to inform siting of a Geological Disposal Facility for radioactive wastes "UK3D" is the BGS's national-scale geological 3D model, a 3D representation of the subsurface and successor to the national geological map. It that has been developed by BGS in partnership with the Environment Agency (EA) and Radioactive Waste Management Ltd (RWM). Permanent disposal of radioactive waste is arguably one of the most significant challenges facing geoscientists in those countries that have developed civil and military nuclear programmes since the mid-20th C. The UK approach is to develop a single deep underground facility to contain and isolate the most potentially dangerous higher-activity wastes. To identify potential sites where a geological disposal facility could be located, the UK Government favours a volunteerism-based approach based on working with communities that are willing to participate in the siting process. The National Geological Screening uses the BGS UK3D model, within a desk-based assessment process, for identifying geographic areas in England, Wales and Northern Ireland that are underlain at depth by rock types that could potentially host, or contribute to the safety function of, a geological disposal facility . UK3D is critical to the screening process because it provides an unique, objective and auditable quality-assured evidence base to support decision making on potentially suitable host rocks. Maps of potential rock types of interest are created from model surfaces interpolated from the UK3D framework and form the key part of a prospectus of published information made available to all potential volunteer communities. These maps show communities whether their areas include potential rock types of interest prior to making any decision regarding volunteering and entering in further discussions with RWM in advance of any siting process.
First Year Of Impact 2016
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Construction,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Energy,Environment,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Transport
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic
 
Description BGS input to Defra tri-ennial review of the Environment Agency and Natural England.
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Distribution of unconventional gas resources in Wales
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact Report Commissioned by Welsh Government to provide information on the distribution of unconventional gas resources in Wales, presents a syntheses of BGS NERC-funded research on potential hydrocarbon prospectivity in the Palaeozoic shales of the Welsh Basin.
 
Description Environmental impact of HS2
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact This written response to Mrs Cheryl Gillan MP provided an objective and factual response on how BGS data has been used by HS2 Limited to inform the assessment environmental impact of HS2. Mrs Gillan is a known opponent of the scheme, but the letter was written in an impartial way to enable open and informative use in parliamentary debate. The text was re-used by BGS in a response to the Environmental Audit Commons Select Committee enquiry into potential for flooding and other hazards along the HS2 route.
 
Description Geological Screening for RWM Ltd
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Advisory and scientific inputs to the RWM Ltd development of guidelines for the screeening of England Wales and Northern Ireland for potential to host as nuclear waste disposal facility. Includiong the GB3D model, regional geology accounts and communication of uncertainty in geological models.
 
Description Independent Expert Scientific Panel - Report on Unconventional Oil And Gas resources of Scotland
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact The Scottish Government convened an independent group of scientific experts to provide an independent, impartial evidence base on unconventional oil and gas upon which to inform a robust policy position. The report delivers a robust, well-researched evidence base relating to unconventional oil and gas, upon which the Scottish Government can reliably base its policy that benefits the people of Scotland; a well-developed narrative on the environmental and regulatory issues associated with unconventional gas; and an assessment of the resources available to Scotland.
 
Description Protecting Wales' largest groundwater abstraction
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact The Great Spring near Chepstow is Wales' largest groundwater abstraction taking its waters from the Principal Carboniferous Limestone aquifer. Used for public supply and until recently for large industrial and brewery supply, it is also of importance as the main dewatering station for the Seven Railway Tunnel. Protecting groundwater is vital for long term management of both water resources and water quality enabling us to protect drinking water, industrial and agricultural supplies as well as maintaining the volume and quality of baseflow to rivers and wetlands. The BGS undertook a co-funded study with Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to implement a GIS-based methodology for delineating a karstic groundwater 'Source Protection Zone'. Planning and other activities, such as permitted discharges to ground, are tightly regulated within highly vulnerable karstic areas such as the Great Spring SPZ. New methodologies to approach the mapping of vulnerability in karst areas have been introduced since the existing SPZ was established, and this study was undertaken in order to help address the pressing requirement to update the NRW approach to assessing risks to groundwater within this catchment. The study comprised field-based revision of dated, 1920's, BGS baseline 1:50 000 scale geological mapping, capture of karsitc landforms and features using both field observation and interpretation of remote sensing data. These were combined with a synthesis of available hydrogeological information from the area and a new, field-base estimate of groundwater recharge from the Castroggi Brook, the main surface stream in the SPZ. The project delivered new digital data to the DiGigMap50 and Karstic Hazard datasets as well as a GIS-based methodology for defining the SPZ. This project is the first time that the vulnerability mapping on karst methodology has been applied to an SPZ in Wales. The output has benefitted both NRW and Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru and a range of stakeholders, from land owners to developers by providing a better defined and justifiable outline to the SPZ. The SPZ is being used on NRW GIS systems to support decisions on new planning, permitting and licensing applications within the Great Spring SPZ. The report provides an improved understanding of where groundwater is most vulnerable, based on the presence or absence of protective cover and bypass features. It will also have a direct impact on how NRW respond to planning, permits and other activities. The study has also identified gaps in the current knowledge and collaborative research that could be taken forward.
 
Description Scottish Government Geothermal Energy Expert Group
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact The Scottish Government convened an expert group to consider whether geothermal genuinely offers a realistic opportunity for Scotland, to develop a new industry sector, and to identify barriers to projects being developed and to the widespread uptake of geothermal energy. The group will produce a viable proposal, such as a call for demonstration projects, within which geothermal heat or heat and power can be encouraged and developed in a Scottish context, and its implementation accelerated with a view to reducing Scotland's carbon footprint while providing additional security of energy supplies.
 
Description Supplementary Guidance for planning of the subsurface, for the City Plan of Glasgow,.
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact Statutory Supplementary Guidance - the first of its type in the UK - is being developed by Glasgow City Council (GCC), in relation to the next generation of the City Plan for Glasgow, for planning of the subsurface. This stems from a strategic partnership between BGS and GCC as part of the BGS multi-disciplinary project CUSP (Clyde-Urban Super-Project, 2009-2014). BGS has provided a range of advice to GCC, delivered 3D models to them and others, and provided a mechanism adopted and promulgated by GCC for efficient digital data transfer of subsurface data between the private sector, GCC, and ultimately BGS. GCC is also now sharing experience with other European partners through the BGS-led European COST (Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action Sub-Urban.
 
Title Tellus South West Airborne Geophysical Survey Dataset 
Description This dataset comprises airborne magnetic and radiometric survey data acquired by the Tellus South West survey project, processed and interpreted by this award and delivered via a data portal designed and funded by this award. The data is freely available to the research community on Open Government Licence Terms and innovation opportunities have been followed up by another NERC Award (Tellus HOW Innovation project NE/M021777/1) 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2014 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The data has been used widely in Devon and Cornwall to inform evaluation of mineral resources and associated environmental impacts, notably by University of Exeter and Wolf Minerals Ltd to assess the mineralisation processes responsible for formation of the Hemerdon Tungsten ore deposit, the 4th largest such deposit in the world and the object of the new high technology Drakelands Tungsten MIne opened in 2015. This follow up work was funded by the NERC Tellus HOW Innovation project ( NE/M021777/1) and provides new understanding of tungsten ore metallogenesis that will inform further exploration of these ores both in SW England and worldwide. 
URL http://www.tellusgb.ac.uk/data/airborneGeophysicalSurvey.html
 
Title UK3D Geological Model 
Description UK3D (formerly GB3D) is a national resolution 3 dimensional model of the rock formations and geological structure of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The model has been funded primarily by NERC BGS Geology and Regional Geophysics Programme (this award BGS05001) with contributions from the Environment Agency of England and Wales, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Radioactive Waste Management Limited (see notable impacts below). The first version of the model was released to the public in 2010, significant improvements on an approximate annual bass since then, further major updates are expected in March 2016 (inclusion of Northern Ireland) and early 2017 (upgraded representation of geological faults) The model is available for download in a variety of data formats, under Open Government Licence terms. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2010 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact UK3D is used by the Environment Agency as the underpinning dataset for a national screening tool to assess the vulnerability of groundwater aquifers to contamination from shale gas extraction. The tool delivers a series of aquifer/shale separation maps used by the Agency to inform regulation of proposed shale gas operations. The separation maps are freely available for download on Open Government Licence terms (see http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/groundwater/shaleGas/aquifersAndShales/home.html) UK3D is used by Radioactive Waste Management Ltd as the primary dataset for the mapping in the subsurface of host rocks that are potentially suitable for the construction of a Geological Disposal Facility for radioactive waste. The dataset is critical for the production of a national set of maps and narratives that will inform the siting process for a GDF to manage the wastes produced by Britain's nuclear industries over many decades. 
URL http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/ukgeology/nationalGeologicalModel/GB3D.html
 
Description ASK Network Glasgow 
Organisation Arup Group
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution ASK (Accessing Subsurface Knowledge) is a data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors developed by BGS and Glasgow City Council. The partnership shares subsurface data on the geology and engineering properties of the subsurface acquired by ground investigations in the Glasgow region, following a standard data exchange format developed by BGS (GSPEC). The data is held on behalf of partners by the BGS. Partners are required to sign an innovation agreement which provides them with a free licence to use BGS digital map and 3D model data for the Glasgow region for a specified (renewable) period. The network is a joint initiative of the BGS Geology and Regional Geophysics and Engineering Geology Programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide access to subsurface geotechnical data acquired by ground investigations which BGS in turn uses to upgrade its geological and engineering geological models. These value added BGS products are then made available to partners on free licence terms.
Impact Multi-disciplinary (geology, engineering, geotechnics, environmental chemistry) For impacts of the project see: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/engineeringGeology/urbanGeoscience/clyde/askNetwork/askNetworkWorkshop2014.html Iain Hall, Technical Manager of Grontmij Edinburgh "For modest initial investment in training and communication with contractors on site, applying GSPEC has led to significant benefits downstream including improved ability to handle large data sets, reduced financial risk to design and ability for rapid 3D visualisation of data. These have given improved confidence of ground conditions and enabled closer attainment of optimum design." Diarmad Campbell, Chief Geologist Scotland, BGS; Hugh Barron, ASK Network Coordinator, BGS; Alex Scott, project manager, Scottish Water Alex Scott, a project manager for Scottish Water "Using the ASK Network 3D models from BGS has increased certainty at an earlier stage in project planning, improved estimating and financial forecasting, and given us greater confidence in option selection in infrastructure upgrades in Glasgow." Jackie Bland, Geotechnics Ltd and Chair of the AGS Data Management Working Group "GSPEC is AGS format really being used in the way it was originally intended to be." Jane Morgan, Deputy Director, Digital Public Services at The Scottish Government "The ASK Network and GSPEC data formats fit well with the Scottish Government's spatial information priorities, namely promoting the wider exploitation of spatial data, efficient hosting and data sharing to encourage use and collaborative projects across the public, private and academic sectors." David Hay, Group Manager, Regeneration and Capital Investment, Glasgow City Council "The sub-surface plays a key role in the development and regeneration of the city region...and as a council we remain committed to working in partnership with BGS to develop and roll-out the GSPEC through the ASK Network, with the aim of facilitating development and regeneration through a collective improved understanding of the sub-surface."
Start Year 2012
 
Description ASK Network Glasgow 
Organisation B. A. Hydro Solutions Ltd
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution ASK (Accessing Subsurface Knowledge) is a data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors developed by BGS and Glasgow City Council. The partnership shares subsurface data on the geology and engineering properties of the subsurface acquired by ground investigations in the Glasgow region, following a standard data exchange format developed by BGS (GSPEC). The data is held on behalf of partners by the BGS. Partners are required to sign an innovation agreement which provides them with a free licence to use BGS digital map and 3D model data for the Glasgow region for a specified (renewable) period. The network is a joint initiative of the BGS Geology and Regional Geophysics and Engineering Geology Programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide access to subsurface geotechnical data acquired by ground investigations which BGS in turn uses to upgrade its geological and engineering geological models. These value added BGS products are then made available to partners on free licence terms.
Impact Multi-disciplinary (geology, engineering, geotechnics, environmental chemistry) For impacts of the project see: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/engineeringGeology/urbanGeoscience/clyde/askNetwork/askNetworkWorkshop2014.html Iain Hall, Technical Manager of Grontmij Edinburgh "For modest initial investment in training and communication with contractors on site, applying GSPEC has led to significant benefits downstream including improved ability to handle large data sets, reduced financial risk to design and ability for rapid 3D visualisation of data. These have given improved confidence of ground conditions and enabled closer attainment of optimum design." Diarmad Campbell, Chief Geologist Scotland, BGS; Hugh Barron, ASK Network Coordinator, BGS; Alex Scott, project manager, Scottish Water Alex Scott, a project manager for Scottish Water "Using the ASK Network 3D models from BGS has increased certainty at an earlier stage in project planning, improved estimating and financial forecasting, and given us greater confidence in option selection in infrastructure upgrades in Glasgow." Jackie Bland, Geotechnics Ltd and Chair of the AGS Data Management Working Group "GSPEC is AGS format really being used in the way it was originally intended to be." Jane Morgan, Deputy Director, Digital Public Services at The Scottish Government "The ASK Network and GSPEC data formats fit well with the Scottish Government's spatial information priorities, namely promoting the wider exploitation of spatial data, efficient hosting and data sharing to encourage use and collaborative projects across the public, private and academic sectors." David Hay, Group Manager, Regeneration and Capital Investment, Glasgow City Council "The sub-surface plays a key role in the development and regeneration of the city region...and as a council we remain committed to working in partnership with BGS to develop and roll-out the GSPEC through the ASK Network, with the aim of facilitating development and regeneration through a collective improved understanding of the sub-surface."
Start Year 2012
 
Description ASK Network Glasgow 
Organisation CH2M HILL
Country United States of America 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution ASK (Accessing Subsurface Knowledge) is a data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors developed by BGS and Glasgow City Council. The partnership shares subsurface data on the geology and engineering properties of the subsurface acquired by ground investigations in the Glasgow region, following a standard data exchange format developed by BGS (GSPEC). The data is held on behalf of partners by the BGS. Partners are required to sign an innovation agreement which provides them with a free licence to use BGS digital map and 3D model data for the Glasgow region for a specified (renewable) period. The network is a joint initiative of the BGS Geology and Regional Geophysics and Engineering Geology Programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide access to subsurface geotechnical data acquired by ground investigations which BGS in turn uses to upgrade its geological and engineering geological models. These value added BGS products are then made available to partners on free licence terms.
Impact Multi-disciplinary (geology, engineering, geotechnics, environmental chemistry) For impacts of the project see: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/engineeringGeology/urbanGeoscience/clyde/askNetwork/askNetworkWorkshop2014.html Iain Hall, Technical Manager of Grontmij Edinburgh "For modest initial investment in training and communication with contractors on site, applying GSPEC has led to significant benefits downstream including improved ability to handle large data sets, reduced financial risk to design and ability for rapid 3D visualisation of data. These have given improved confidence of ground conditions and enabled closer attainment of optimum design." Diarmad Campbell, Chief Geologist Scotland, BGS; Hugh Barron, ASK Network Coordinator, BGS; Alex Scott, project manager, Scottish Water Alex Scott, a project manager for Scottish Water "Using the ASK Network 3D models from BGS has increased certainty at an earlier stage in project planning, improved estimating and financial forecasting, and given us greater confidence in option selection in infrastructure upgrades in Glasgow." Jackie Bland, Geotechnics Ltd and Chair of the AGS Data Management Working Group "GSPEC is AGS format really being used in the way it was originally intended to be." Jane Morgan, Deputy Director, Digital Public Services at The Scottish Government "The ASK Network and GSPEC data formats fit well with the Scottish Government's spatial information priorities, namely promoting the wider exploitation of spatial data, efficient hosting and data sharing to encourage use and collaborative projects across the public, private and academic sectors." David Hay, Group Manager, Regeneration and Capital Investment, Glasgow City Council "The sub-surface plays a key role in the development and regeneration of the city region...and as a council we remain committed to working in partnership with BGS to develop and roll-out the GSPEC through the ASK Network, with the aim of facilitating development and regeneration through a collective improved understanding of the sub-surface."
Start Year 2012
 
Description ASK Network Glasgow 
Organisation Craighall Energy Limited
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution ASK (Accessing Subsurface Knowledge) is a data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors developed by BGS and Glasgow City Council. The partnership shares subsurface data on the geology and engineering properties of the subsurface acquired by ground investigations in the Glasgow region, following a standard data exchange format developed by BGS (GSPEC). The data is held on behalf of partners by the BGS. Partners are required to sign an innovation agreement which provides them with a free licence to use BGS digital map and 3D model data for the Glasgow region for a specified (renewable) period. The network is a joint initiative of the BGS Geology and Regional Geophysics and Engineering Geology Programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide access to subsurface geotechnical data acquired by ground investigations which BGS in turn uses to upgrade its geological and engineering geological models. These value added BGS products are then made available to partners on free licence terms.
Impact Multi-disciplinary (geology, engineering, geotechnics, environmental chemistry) For impacts of the project see: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/engineeringGeology/urbanGeoscience/clyde/askNetwork/askNetworkWorkshop2014.html Iain Hall, Technical Manager of Grontmij Edinburgh "For modest initial investment in training and communication with contractors on site, applying GSPEC has led to significant benefits downstream including improved ability to handle large data sets, reduced financial risk to design and ability for rapid 3D visualisation of data. These have given improved confidence of ground conditions and enabled closer attainment of optimum design." Diarmad Campbell, Chief Geologist Scotland, BGS; Hugh Barron, ASK Network Coordinator, BGS; Alex Scott, project manager, Scottish Water Alex Scott, a project manager for Scottish Water "Using the ASK Network 3D models from BGS has increased certainty at an earlier stage in project planning, improved estimating and financial forecasting, and given us greater confidence in option selection in infrastructure upgrades in Glasgow." Jackie Bland, Geotechnics Ltd and Chair of the AGS Data Management Working Group "GSPEC is AGS format really being used in the way it was originally intended to be." Jane Morgan, Deputy Director, Digital Public Services at The Scottish Government "The ASK Network and GSPEC data formats fit well with the Scottish Government's spatial information priorities, namely promoting the wider exploitation of spatial data, efficient hosting and data sharing to encourage use and collaborative projects across the public, private and academic sectors." David Hay, Group Manager, Regeneration and Capital Investment, Glasgow City Council "The sub-surface plays a key role in the development and regeneration of the city region...and as a council we remain committed to working in partnership with BGS to develop and roll-out the GSPEC through the ASK Network, with the aim of facilitating development and regeneration through a collective improved understanding of the sub-surface."
Start Year 2012
 
Description ASK Network Glasgow 
Organisation East Dunbartonshire Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution ASK (Accessing Subsurface Knowledge) is a data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors developed by BGS and Glasgow City Council. The partnership shares subsurface data on the geology and engineering properties of the subsurface acquired by ground investigations in the Glasgow region, following a standard data exchange format developed by BGS (GSPEC). The data is held on behalf of partners by the BGS. Partners are required to sign an innovation agreement which provides them with a free licence to use BGS digital map and 3D model data for the Glasgow region for a specified (renewable) period. The network is a joint initiative of the BGS Geology and Regional Geophysics and Engineering Geology Programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide access to subsurface geotechnical data acquired by ground investigations which BGS in turn uses to upgrade its geological and engineering geological models. These value added BGS products are then made available to partners on free licence terms.
Impact Multi-disciplinary (geology, engineering, geotechnics, environmental chemistry) For impacts of the project see: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/engineeringGeology/urbanGeoscience/clyde/askNetwork/askNetworkWorkshop2014.html Iain Hall, Technical Manager of Grontmij Edinburgh "For modest initial investment in training and communication with contractors on site, applying GSPEC has led to significant benefits downstream including improved ability to handle large data sets, reduced financial risk to design and ability for rapid 3D visualisation of data. These have given improved confidence of ground conditions and enabled closer attainment of optimum design." Diarmad Campbell, Chief Geologist Scotland, BGS; Hugh Barron, ASK Network Coordinator, BGS; Alex Scott, project manager, Scottish Water Alex Scott, a project manager for Scottish Water "Using the ASK Network 3D models from BGS has increased certainty at an earlier stage in project planning, improved estimating and financial forecasting, and given us greater confidence in option selection in infrastructure upgrades in Glasgow." Jackie Bland, Geotechnics Ltd and Chair of the AGS Data Management Working Group "GSPEC is AGS format really being used in the way it was originally intended to be." Jane Morgan, Deputy Director, Digital Public Services at The Scottish Government "The ASK Network and GSPEC data formats fit well with the Scottish Government's spatial information priorities, namely promoting the wider exploitation of spatial data, efficient hosting and data sharing to encourage use and collaborative projects across the public, private and academic sectors." David Hay, Group Manager, Regeneration and Capital Investment, Glasgow City Council "The sub-surface plays a key role in the development and regeneration of the city region...and as a council we remain committed to working in partnership with BGS to develop and roll-out the GSPEC through the ASK Network, with the aim of facilitating development and regeneration through a collective improved understanding of the sub-surface."
Start Year 2012
 
Description ASK Network Glasgow 
Organisation East Renfrewshire Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution ASK (Accessing Subsurface Knowledge) is a data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors developed by BGS and Glasgow City Council. The partnership shares subsurface data on the geology and engineering properties of the subsurface acquired by ground investigations in the Glasgow region, following a standard data exchange format developed by BGS (GSPEC). The data is held on behalf of partners by the BGS. Partners are required to sign an innovation agreement which provides them with a free licence to use BGS digital map and 3D model data for the Glasgow region for a specified (renewable) period. The network is a joint initiative of the BGS Geology and Regional Geophysics and Engineering Geology Programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide access to subsurface geotechnical data acquired by ground investigations which BGS in turn uses to upgrade its geological and engineering geological models. These value added BGS products are then made available to partners on free licence terms.
Impact Multi-disciplinary (geology, engineering, geotechnics, environmental chemistry) For impacts of the project see: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/engineeringGeology/urbanGeoscience/clyde/askNetwork/askNetworkWorkshop2014.html Iain Hall, Technical Manager of Grontmij Edinburgh "For modest initial investment in training and communication with contractors on site, applying GSPEC has led to significant benefits downstream including improved ability to handle large data sets, reduced financial risk to design and ability for rapid 3D visualisation of data. These have given improved confidence of ground conditions and enabled closer attainment of optimum design." Diarmad Campbell, Chief Geologist Scotland, BGS; Hugh Barron, ASK Network Coordinator, BGS; Alex Scott, project manager, Scottish Water Alex Scott, a project manager for Scottish Water "Using the ASK Network 3D models from BGS has increased certainty at an earlier stage in project planning, improved estimating and financial forecasting, and given us greater confidence in option selection in infrastructure upgrades in Glasgow." Jackie Bland, Geotechnics Ltd and Chair of the AGS Data Management Working Group "GSPEC is AGS format really being used in the way it was originally intended to be." Jane Morgan, Deputy Director, Digital Public Services at The Scottish Government "The ASK Network and GSPEC data formats fit well with the Scottish Government's spatial information priorities, namely promoting the wider exploitation of spatial data, efficient hosting and data sharing to encourage use and collaborative projects across the public, private and academic sectors." David Hay, Group Manager, Regeneration and Capital Investment, Glasgow City Council "The sub-surface plays a key role in the development and regeneration of the city region...and as a council we remain committed to working in partnership with BGS to develop and roll-out the GSPEC through the ASK Network, with the aim of facilitating development and regeneration through a collective improved understanding of the sub-surface."
Start Year 2012
 
Description ASK Network Glasgow 
Organisation Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution ASK (Accessing Subsurface Knowledge) is a data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors developed by BGS and Glasgow City Council. The partnership shares subsurface data on the geology and engineering properties of the subsurface acquired by ground investigations in the Glasgow region, following a standard data exchange format developed by BGS (GSPEC). The data is held on behalf of partners by the BGS. Partners are required to sign an innovation agreement which provides them with a free licence to use BGS digital map and 3D model data for the Glasgow region for a specified (renewable) period. The network is a joint initiative of the BGS Geology and Regional Geophysics and Engineering Geology Programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide access to subsurface geotechnical data acquired by ground investigations which BGS in turn uses to upgrade its geological and engineering geological models. These value added BGS products are then made available to partners on free licence terms.
Impact Multi-disciplinary (geology, engineering, geotechnics, environmental chemistry) For impacts of the project see: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/engineeringGeology/urbanGeoscience/clyde/askNetwork/askNetworkWorkshop2014.html Iain Hall, Technical Manager of Grontmij Edinburgh "For modest initial investment in training and communication with contractors on site, applying GSPEC has led to significant benefits downstream including improved ability to handle large data sets, reduced financial risk to design and ability for rapid 3D visualisation of data. These have given improved confidence of ground conditions and enabled closer attainment of optimum design." Diarmad Campbell, Chief Geologist Scotland, BGS; Hugh Barron, ASK Network Coordinator, BGS; Alex Scott, project manager, Scottish Water Alex Scott, a project manager for Scottish Water "Using the ASK Network 3D models from BGS has increased certainty at an earlier stage in project planning, improved estimating and financial forecasting, and given us greater confidence in option selection in infrastructure upgrades in Glasgow." Jackie Bland, Geotechnics Ltd and Chair of the AGS Data Management Working Group "GSPEC is AGS format really being used in the way it was originally intended to be." Jane Morgan, Deputy Director, Digital Public Services at The Scottish Government "The ASK Network and GSPEC data formats fit well with the Scottish Government's spatial information priorities, namely promoting the wider exploitation of spatial data, efficient hosting and data sharing to encourage use and collaborative projects across the public, private and academic sectors." David Hay, Group Manager, Regeneration and Capital Investment, Glasgow City Council "The sub-surface plays a key role in the development and regeneration of the city region...and as a council we remain committed to working in partnership with BGS to develop and roll-out the GSPEC through the ASK Network, with the aim of facilitating development and regeneration through a collective improved understanding of the sub-surface."
Start Year 2012
 
Description ASK Network Glasgow 
Organisation Glasgow City Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution ASK (Accessing Subsurface Knowledge) is a data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors developed by BGS and Glasgow City Council. The partnership shares subsurface data on the geology and engineering properties of the subsurface acquired by ground investigations in the Glasgow region, following a standard data exchange format developed by BGS (GSPEC). The data is held on behalf of partners by the BGS. Partners are required to sign an innovation agreement which provides them with a free licence to use BGS digital map and 3D model data for the Glasgow region for a specified (renewable) period. The network is a joint initiative of the BGS Geology and Regional Geophysics and Engineering Geology Programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide access to subsurface geotechnical data acquired by ground investigations which BGS in turn uses to upgrade its geological and engineering geological models. These value added BGS products are then made available to partners on free licence terms.
Impact Multi-disciplinary (geology, engineering, geotechnics, environmental chemistry) For impacts of the project see: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/engineeringGeology/urbanGeoscience/clyde/askNetwork/askNetworkWorkshop2014.html Iain Hall, Technical Manager of Grontmij Edinburgh "For modest initial investment in training and communication with contractors on site, applying GSPEC has led to significant benefits downstream including improved ability to handle large data sets, reduced financial risk to design and ability for rapid 3D visualisation of data. These have given improved confidence of ground conditions and enabled closer attainment of optimum design." Diarmad Campbell, Chief Geologist Scotland, BGS; Hugh Barron, ASK Network Coordinator, BGS; Alex Scott, project manager, Scottish Water Alex Scott, a project manager for Scottish Water "Using the ASK Network 3D models from BGS has increased certainty at an earlier stage in project planning, improved estimating and financial forecasting, and given us greater confidence in option selection in infrastructure upgrades in Glasgow." Jackie Bland, Geotechnics Ltd and Chair of the AGS Data Management Working Group "GSPEC is AGS format really being used in the way it was originally intended to be." Jane Morgan, Deputy Director, Digital Public Services at The Scottish Government "The ASK Network and GSPEC data formats fit well with the Scottish Government's spatial information priorities, namely promoting the wider exploitation of spatial data, efficient hosting and data sharing to encourage use and collaborative projects across the public, private and academic sectors." David Hay, Group Manager, Regeneration and Capital Investment, Glasgow City Council "The sub-surface plays a key role in the development and regeneration of the city region...and as a council we remain committed to working in partnership with BGS to develop and roll-out the GSPEC through the ASK Network, with the aim of facilitating development and regeneration through a collective improved understanding of the sub-surface."
Start Year 2012
 
Description ASK Network Glasgow 
Organisation Grontmij
Country Netherlands, Kingdom of the 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution ASK (Accessing Subsurface Knowledge) is a data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors developed by BGS and Glasgow City Council. The partnership shares subsurface data on the geology and engineering properties of the subsurface acquired by ground investigations in the Glasgow region, following a standard data exchange format developed by BGS (GSPEC). The data is held on behalf of partners by the BGS. Partners are required to sign an innovation agreement which provides them with a free licence to use BGS digital map and 3D model data for the Glasgow region for a specified (renewable) period. The network is a joint initiative of the BGS Geology and Regional Geophysics and Engineering Geology Programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide access to subsurface geotechnical data acquired by ground investigations which BGS in turn uses to upgrade its geological and engineering geological models. These value added BGS products are then made available to partners on free licence terms.
Impact Multi-disciplinary (geology, engineering, geotechnics, environmental chemistry) For impacts of the project see: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/engineeringGeology/urbanGeoscience/clyde/askNetwork/askNetworkWorkshop2014.html Iain Hall, Technical Manager of Grontmij Edinburgh "For modest initial investment in training and communication with contractors on site, applying GSPEC has led to significant benefits downstream including improved ability to handle large data sets, reduced financial risk to design and ability for rapid 3D visualisation of data. These have given improved confidence of ground conditions and enabled closer attainment of optimum design." Diarmad Campbell, Chief Geologist Scotland, BGS; Hugh Barron, ASK Network Coordinator, BGS; Alex Scott, project manager, Scottish Water Alex Scott, a project manager for Scottish Water "Using the ASK Network 3D models from BGS has increased certainty at an earlier stage in project planning, improved estimating and financial forecasting, and given us greater confidence in option selection in infrastructure upgrades in Glasgow." Jackie Bland, Geotechnics Ltd and Chair of the AGS Data Management Working Group "GSPEC is AGS format really being used in the way it was originally intended to be." Jane Morgan, Deputy Director, Digital Public Services at The Scottish Government "The ASK Network and GSPEC data formats fit well with the Scottish Government's spatial information priorities, namely promoting the wider exploitation of spatial data, efficient hosting and data sharing to encourage use and collaborative projects across the public, private and academic sectors." David Hay, Group Manager, Regeneration and Capital Investment, Glasgow City Council "The sub-surface plays a key role in the development and regeneration of the city region...and as a council we remain committed to working in partnership with BGS to develop and roll-out the GSPEC through the ASK Network, with the aim of facilitating development and regeneration through a collective improved understanding of the sub-surface."
Start Year 2012
 
Description ASK Network Glasgow 
Organisation Hargreaves Services
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution ASK (Accessing Subsurface Knowledge) is a data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors developed by BGS and Glasgow City Council. The partnership shares subsurface data on the geology and engineering properties of the subsurface acquired by ground investigations in the Glasgow region, following a standard data exchange format developed by BGS (GSPEC). The data is held on behalf of partners by the BGS. Partners are required to sign an innovation agreement which provides them with a free licence to use BGS digital map and 3D model data for the Glasgow region for a specified (renewable) period. The network is a joint initiative of the BGS Geology and Regional Geophysics and Engineering Geology Programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide access to subsurface geotechnical data acquired by ground investigations which BGS in turn uses to upgrade its geological and engineering geological models. These value added BGS products are then made available to partners on free licence terms.
Impact Multi-disciplinary (geology, engineering, geotechnics, environmental chemistry) For impacts of the project see: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/engineeringGeology/urbanGeoscience/clyde/askNetwork/askNetworkWorkshop2014.html Iain Hall, Technical Manager of Grontmij Edinburgh "For modest initial investment in training and communication with contractors on site, applying GSPEC has led to significant benefits downstream including improved ability to handle large data sets, reduced financial risk to design and ability for rapid 3D visualisation of data. These have given improved confidence of ground conditions and enabled closer attainment of optimum design." Diarmad Campbell, Chief Geologist Scotland, BGS; Hugh Barron, ASK Network Coordinator, BGS; Alex Scott, project manager, Scottish Water Alex Scott, a project manager for Scottish Water "Using the ASK Network 3D models from BGS has increased certainty at an earlier stage in project planning, improved estimating and financial forecasting, and given us greater confidence in option selection in infrastructure upgrades in Glasgow." Jackie Bland, Geotechnics Ltd and Chair of the AGS Data Management Working Group "GSPEC is AGS format really being used in the way it was originally intended to be." Jane Morgan, Deputy Director, Digital Public Services at The Scottish Government "The ASK Network and GSPEC data formats fit well with the Scottish Government's spatial information priorities, namely promoting the wider exploitation of spatial data, efficient hosting and data sharing to encourage use and collaborative projects across the public, private and academic sectors." David Hay, Group Manager, Regeneration and Capital Investment, Glasgow City Council "The sub-surface plays a key role in the development and regeneration of the city region...and as a council we remain committed to working in partnership with BGS to develop and roll-out the GSPEC through the ASK Network, with the aim of facilitating development and regeneration through a collective improved understanding of the sub-surface."
Start Year 2012
 
Description ASK Network Glasgow 
Organisation Inverclyde Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution ASK (Accessing Subsurface Knowledge) is a data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors developed by BGS and Glasgow City Council. The partnership shares subsurface data on the geology and engineering properties of the subsurface acquired by ground investigations in the Glasgow region, following a standard data exchange format developed by BGS (GSPEC). The data is held on behalf of partners by the BGS. Partners are required to sign an innovation agreement which provides them with a free licence to use BGS digital map and 3D model data for the Glasgow region for a specified (renewable) period. The network is a joint initiative of the BGS Geology and Regional Geophysics and Engineering Geology Programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide access to subsurface geotechnical data acquired by ground investigations which BGS in turn uses to upgrade its geological and engineering geological models. These value added BGS products are then made available to partners on free licence terms.
Impact Multi-disciplinary (geology, engineering, geotechnics, environmental chemistry) For impacts of the project see: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/engineeringGeology/urbanGeoscience/clyde/askNetwork/askNetworkWorkshop2014.html Iain Hall, Technical Manager of Grontmij Edinburgh "For modest initial investment in training and communication with contractors on site, applying GSPEC has led to significant benefits downstream including improved ability to handle large data sets, reduced financial risk to design and ability for rapid 3D visualisation of data. These have given improved confidence of ground conditions and enabled closer attainment of optimum design." Diarmad Campbell, Chief Geologist Scotland, BGS; Hugh Barron, ASK Network Coordinator, BGS; Alex Scott, project manager, Scottish Water Alex Scott, a project manager for Scottish Water "Using the ASK Network 3D models from BGS has increased certainty at an earlier stage in project planning, improved estimating and financial forecasting, and given us greater confidence in option selection in infrastructure upgrades in Glasgow." Jackie Bland, Geotechnics Ltd and Chair of the AGS Data Management Working Group "GSPEC is AGS format really being used in the way it was originally intended to be." Jane Morgan, Deputy Director, Digital Public Services at The Scottish Government "The ASK Network and GSPEC data formats fit well with the Scottish Government's spatial information priorities, namely promoting the wider exploitation of spatial data, efficient hosting and data sharing to encourage use and collaborative projects across the public, private and academic sectors." David Hay, Group Manager, Regeneration and Capital Investment, Glasgow City Council "The sub-surface plays a key role in the development and regeneration of the city region...and as a council we remain committed to working in partnership with BGS to develop and roll-out the GSPEC through the ASK Network, with the aim of facilitating development and regeneration through a collective improved understanding of the sub-surface."
Start Year 2012
 
Description ASK Network Glasgow 
Organisation Jacobs Engineering Group
Country United States of America 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution ASK (Accessing Subsurface Knowledge) is a data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors developed by BGS and Glasgow City Council. The partnership shares subsurface data on the geology and engineering properties of the subsurface acquired by ground investigations in the Glasgow region, following a standard data exchange format developed by BGS (GSPEC). The data is held on behalf of partners by the BGS. Partners are required to sign an innovation agreement which provides them with a free licence to use BGS digital map and 3D model data for the Glasgow region for a specified (renewable) period. The network is a joint initiative of the BGS Geology and Regional Geophysics and Engineering Geology Programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide access to subsurface geotechnical data acquired by ground investigations which BGS in turn uses to upgrade its geological and engineering geological models. These value added BGS products are then made available to partners on free licence terms.
Impact Multi-disciplinary (geology, engineering, geotechnics, environmental chemistry) For impacts of the project see: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/engineeringGeology/urbanGeoscience/clyde/askNetwork/askNetworkWorkshop2014.html Iain Hall, Technical Manager of Grontmij Edinburgh "For modest initial investment in training and communication with contractors on site, applying GSPEC has led to significant benefits downstream including improved ability to handle large data sets, reduced financial risk to design and ability for rapid 3D visualisation of data. These have given improved confidence of ground conditions and enabled closer attainment of optimum design." Diarmad Campbell, Chief Geologist Scotland, BGS; Hugh Barron, ASK Network Coordinator, BGS; Alex Scott, project manager, Scottish Water Alex Scott, a project manager for Scottish Water "Using the ASK Network 3D models from BGS has increased certainty at an earlier stage in project planning, improved estimating and financial forecasting, and given us greater confidence in option selection in infrastructure upgrades in Glasgow." Jackie Bland, Geotechnics Ltd and Chair of the AGS Data Management Working Group "GSPEC is AGS format really being used in the way it was originally intended to be." Jane Morgan, Deputy Director, Digital Public Services at The Scottish Government "The ASK Network and GSPEC data formats fit well with the Scottish Government's spatial information priorities, namely promoting the wider exploitation of spatial data, efficient hosting and data sharing to encourage use and collaborative projects across the public, private and academic sectors." David Hay, Group Manager, Regeneration and Capital Investment, Glasgow City Council "The sub-surface plays a key role in the development and regeneration of the city region...and as a council we remain committed to working in partnership with BGS to develop and roll-out the GSPEC through the ASK Network, with the aim of facilitating development and regeneration through a collective improved understanding of the sub-surface."
Start Year 2012
 
Description ASK Network Glasgow 
Organisation North Lanarkshire Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution ASK (Accessing Subsurface Knowledge) is a data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors developed by BGS and Glasgow City Council. The partnership shares subsurface data on the geology and engineering properties of the subsurface acquired by ground investigations in the Glasgow region, following a standard data exchange format developed by BGS (GSPEC). The data is held on behalf of partners by the BGS. Partners are required to sign an innovation agreement which provides them with a free licence to use BGS digital map and 3D model data for the Glasgow region for a specified (renewable) period. The network is a joint initiative of the BGS Geology and Regional Geophysics and Engineering Geology Programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide access to subsurface geotechnical data acquired by ground investigations which BGS in turn uses to upgrade its geological and engineering geological models. These value added BGS products are then made available to partners on free licence terms.
Impact Multi-disciplinary (geology, engineering, geotechnics, environmental chemistry) For impacts of the project see: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/engineeringGeology/urbanGeoscience/clyde/askNetwork/askNetworkWorkshop2014.html Iain Hall, Technical Manager of Grontmij Edinburgh "For modest initial investment in training and communication with contractors on site, applying GSPEC has led to significant benefits downstream including improved ability to handle large data sets, reduced financial risk to design and ability for rapid 3D visualisation of data. These have given improved confidence of ground conditions and enabled closer attainment of optimum design." Diarmad Campbell, Chief Geologist Scotland, BGS; Hugh Barron, ASK Network Coordinator, BGS; Alex Scott, project manager, Scottish Water Alex Scott, a project manager for Scottish Water "Using the ASK Network 3D models from BGS has increased certainty at an earlier stage in project planning, improved estimating and financial forecasting, and given us greater confidence in option selection in infrastructure upgrades in Glasgow." Jackie Bland, Geotechnics Ltd and Chair of the AGS Data Management Working Group "GSPEC is AGS format really being used in the way it was originally intended to be." Jane Morgan, Deputy Director, Digital Public Services at The Scottish Government "The ASK Network and GSPEC data formats fit well with the Scottish Government's spatial information priorities, namely promoting the wider exploitation of spatial data, efficient hosting and data sharing to encourage use and collaborative projects across the public, private and academic sectors." David Hay, Group Manager, Regeneration and Capital Investment, Glasgow City Council "The sub-surface plays a key role in the development and regeneration of the city region...and as a council we remain committed to working in partnership with BGS to develop and roll-out the GSPEC through the ASK Network, with the aim of facilitating development and regeneration through a collective improved understanding of the sub-surface."
Start Year 2012
 
Description ASK Network Glasgow 
Organisation Renfreshire Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution ASK (Accessing Subsurface Knowledge) is a data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors developed by BGS and Glasgow City Council. The partnership shares subsurface data on the geology and engineering properties of the subsurface acquired by ground investigations in the Glasgow region, following a standard data exchange format developed by BGS (GSPEC). The data is held on behalf of partners by the BGS. Partners are required to sign an innovation agreement which provides them with a free licence to use BGS digital map and 3D model data for the Glasgow region for a specified (renewable) period. The network is a joint initiative of the BGS Geology and Regional Geophysics and Engineering Geology Programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide access to subsurface geotechnical data acquired by ground investigations which BGS in turn uses to upgrade its geological and engineering geological models. These value added BGS products are then made available to partners on free licence terms.
Impact Multi-disciplinary (geology, engineering, geotechnics, environmental chemistry) For impacts of the project see: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/engineeringGeology/urbanGeoscience/clyde/askNetwork/askNetworkWorkshop2014.html Iain Hall, Technical Manager of Grontmij Edinburgh "For modest initial investment in training and communication with contractors on site, applying GSPEC has led to significant benefits downstream including improved ability to handle large data sets, reduced financial risk to design and ability for rapid 3D visualisation of data. These have given improved confidence of ground conditions and enabled closer attainment of optimum design." Diarmad Campbell, Chief Geologist Scotland, BGS; Hugh Barron, ASK Network Coordinator, BGS; Alex Scott, project manager, Scottish Water Alex Scott, a project manager for Scottish Water "Using the ASK Network 3D models from BGS has increased certainty at an earlier stage in project planning, improved estimating and financial forecasting, and given us greater confidence in option selection in infrastructure upgrades in Glasgow." Jackie Bland, Geotechnics Ltd and Chair of the AGS Data Management Working Group "GSPEC is AGS format really being used in the way it was originally intended to be." Jane Morgan, Deputy Director, Digital Public Services at The Scottish Government "The ASK Network and GSPEC data formats fit well with the Scottish Government's spatial information priorities, namely promoting the wider exploitation of spatial data, efficient hosting and data sharing to encourage use and collaborative projects across the public, private and academic sectors." David Hay, Group Manager, Regeneration and Capital Investment, Glasgow City Council "The sub-surface plays a key role in the development and regeneration of the city region...and as a council we remain committed to working in partnership with BGS to develop and roll-out the GSPEC through the ASK Network, with the aim of facilitating development and regeneration through a collective improved understanding of the sub-surface."
Start Year 2012
 
Description ASK Network Glasgow 
Organisation Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution ASK (Accessing Subsurface Knowledge) is a data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors developed by BGS and Glasgow City Council. The partnership shares subsurface data on the geology and engineering properties of the subsurface acquired by ground investigations in the Glasgow region, following a standard data exchange format developed by BGS (GSPEC). The data is held on behalf of partners by the BGS. Partners are required to sign an innovation agreement which provides them with a free licence to use BGS digital map and 3D model data for the Glasgow region for a specified (renewable) period. The network is a joint initiative of the BGS Geology and Regional Geophysics and Engineering Geology Programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide access to subsurface geotechnical data acquired by ground investigations which BGS in turn uses to upgrade its geological and engineering geological models. These value added BGS products are then made available to partners on free licence terms.
Impact Multi-disciplinary (geology, engineering, geotechnics, environmental chemistry) For impacts of the project see: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/engineeringGeology/urbanGeoscience/clyde/askNetwork/askNetworkWorkshop2014.html Iain Hall, Technical Manager of Grontmij Edinburgh "For modest initial investment in training and communication with contractors on site, applying GSPEC has led to significant benefits downstream including improved ability to handle large data sets, reduced financial risk to design and ability for rapid 3D visualisation of data. These have given improved confidence of ground conditions and enabled closer attainment of optimum design." Diarmad Campbell, Chief Geologist Scotland, BGS; Hugh Barron, ASK Network Coordinator, BGS; Alex Scott, project manager, Scottish Water Alex Scott, a project manager for Scottish Water "Using the ASK Network 3D models from BGS has increased certainty at an earlier stage in project planning, improved estimating and financial forecasting, and given us greater confidence in option selection in infrastructure upgrades in Glasgow." Jackie Bland, Geotechnics Ltd and Chair of the AGS Data Management Working Group "GSPEC is AGS format really being used in the way it was originally intended to be." Jane Morgan, Deputy Director, Digital Public Services at The Scottish Government "The ASK Network and GSPEC data formats fit well with the Scottish Government's spatial information priorities, namely promoting the wider exploitation of spatial data, efficient hosting and data sharing to encourage use and collaborative projects across the public, private and academic sectors." David Hay, Group Manager, Regeneration and Capital Investment, Glasgow City Council "The sub-surface plays a key role in the development and regeneration of the city region...and as a council we remain committed to working in partnership with BGS to develop and roll-out the GSPEC through the ASK Network, with the aim of facilitating development and regeneration through a collective improved understanding of the sub-surface."
Start Year 2012
 
Description ASK Network Glasgow 
Organisation Scottish Power
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution ASK (Accessing Subsurface Knowledge) is a data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors developed by BGS and Glasgow City Council. The partnership shares subsurface data on the geology and engineering properties of the subsurface acquired by ground investigations in the Glasgow region, following a standard data exchange format developed by BGS (GSPEC). The data is held on behalf of partners by the BGS. Partners are required to sign an innovation agreement which provides them with a free licence to use BGS digital map and 3D model data for the Glasgow region for a specified (renewable) period. The network is a joint initiative of the BGS Geology and Regional Geophysics and Engineering Geology Programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide access to subsurface geotechnical data acquired by ground investigations which BGS in turn uses to upgrade its geological and engineering geological models. These value added BGS products are then made available to partners on free licence terms.
Impact Multi-disciplinary (geology, engineering, geotechnics, environmental chemistry) For impacts of the project see: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/engineeringGeology/urbanGeoscience/clyde/askNetwork/askNetworkWorkshop2014.html Iain Hall, Technical Manager of Grontmij Edinburgh "For modest initial investment in training and communication with contractors on site, applying GSPEC has led to significant benefits downstream including improved ability to handle large data sets, reduced financial risk to design and ability for rapid 3D visualisation of data. These have given improved confidence of ground conditions and enabled closer attainment of optimum design." Diarmad Campbell, Chief Geologist Scotland, BGS; Hugh Barron, ASK Network Coordinator, BGS; Alex Scott, project manager, Scottish Water Alex Scott, a project manager for Scottish Water "Using the ASK Network 3D models from BGS has increased certainty at an earlier stage in project planning, improved estimating and financial forecasting, and given us greater confidence in option selection in infrastructure upgrades in Glasgow." Jackie Bland, Geotechnics Ltd and Chair of the AGS Data Management Working Group "GSPEC is AGS format really being used in the way it was originally intended to be." Jane Morgan, Deputy Director, Digital Public Services at The Scottish Government "The ASK Network and GSPEC data formats fit well with the Scottish Government's spatial information priorities, namely promoting the wider exploitation of spatial data, efficient hosting and data sharing to encourage use and collaborative projects across the public, private and academic sectors." David Hay, Group Manager, Regeneration and Capital Investment, Glasgow City Council "The sub-surface plays a key role in the development and regeneration of the city region...and as a council we remain committed to working in partnership with BGS to develop and roll-out the GSPEC through the ASK Network, with the aim of facilitating development and regeneration through a collective improved understanding of the sub-surface."
Start Year 2012
 
Description ASK Network Glasgow 
Organisation Scottish Water
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution ASK (Accessing Subsurface Knowledge) is a data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors developed by BGS and Glasgow City Council. The partnership shares subsurface data on the geology and engineering properties of the subsurface acquired by ground investigations in the Glasgow region, following a standard data exchange format developed by BGS (GSPEC). The data is held on behalf of partners by the BGS. Partners are required to sign an innovation agreement which provides them with a free licence to use BGS digital map and 3D model data for the Glasgow region for a specified (renewable) period. The network is a joint initiative of the BGS Geology and Regional Geophysics and Engineering Geology Programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide access to subsurface geotechnical data acquired by ground investigations which BGS in turn uses to upgrade its geological and engineering geological models. These value added BGS products are then made available to partners on free licence terms.
Impact Multi-disciplinary (geology, engineering, geotechnics, environmental chemistry) For impacts of the project see: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/engineeringGeology/urbanGeoscience/clyde/askNetwork/askNetworkWorkshop2014.html Iain Hall, Technical Manager of Grontmij Edinburgh "For modest initial investment in training and communication with contractors on site, applying GSPEC has led to significant benefits downstream including improved ability to handle large data sets, reduced financial risk to design and ability for rapid 3D visualisation of data. These have given improved confidence of ground conditions and enabled closer attainment of optimum design." Diarmad Campbell, Chief Geologist Scotland, BGS; Hugh Barron, ASK Network Coordinator, BGS; Alex Scott, project manager, Scottish Water Alex Scott, a project manager for Scottish Water "Using the ASK Network 3D models from BGS has increased certainty at an earlier stage in project planning, improved estimating and financial forecasting, and given us greater confidence in option selection in infrastructure upgrades in Glasgow." Jackie Bland, Geotechnics Ltd and Chair of the AGS Data Management Working Group "GSPEC is AGS format really being used in the way it was originally intended to be." Jane Morgan, Deputy Director, Digital Public Services at The Scottish Government "The ASK Network and GSPEC data formats fit well with the Scottish Government's spatial information priorities, namely promoting the wider exploitation of spatial data, efficient hosting and data sharing to encourage use and collaborative projects across the public, private and academic sectors." David Hay, Group Manager, Regeneration and Capital Investment, Glasgow City Council "The sub-surface plays a key role in the development and regeneration of the city region...and as a council we remain committed to working in partnership with BGS to develop and roll-out the GSPEC through the ASK Network, with the aim of facilitating development and regeneration through a collective improved understanding of the sub-surface."
Start Year 2012
 
Description ASK Network Glasgow 
Organisation South Lanarkshire Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution ASK (Accessing Subsurface Knowledge) is a data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors developed by BGS and Glasgow City Council. The partnership shares subsurface data on the geology and engineering properties of the subsurface acquired by ground investigations in the Glasgow region, following a standard data exchange format developed by BGS (GSPEC). The data is held on behalf of partners by the BGS. Partners are required to sign an innovation agreement which provides them with a free licence to use BGS digital map and 3D model data for the Glasgow region for a specified (renewable) period. The network is a joint initiative of the BGS Geology and Regional Geophysics and Engineering Geology Programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide access to subsurface geotechnical data acquired by ground investigations which BGS in turn uses to upgrade its geological and engineering geological models. These value added BGS products are then made available to partners on free licence terms.
Impact Multi-disciplinary (geology, engineering, geotechnics, environmental chemistry) For impacts of the project see: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/engineeringGeology/urbanGeoscience/clyde/askNetwork/askNetworkWorkshop2014.html Iain Hall, Technical Manager of Grontmij Edinburgh "For modest initial investment in training and communication with contractors on site, applying GSPEC has led to significant benefits downstream including improved ability to handle large data sets, reduced financial risk to design and ability for rapid 3D visualisation of data. These have given improved confidence of ground conditions and enabled closer attainment of optimum design." Diarmad Campbell, Chief Geologist Scotland, BGS; Hugh Barron, ASK Network Coordinator, BGS; Alex Scott, project manager, Scottish Water Alex Scott, a project manager for Scottish Water "Using the ASK Network 3D models from BGS has increased certainty at an earlier stage in project planning, improved estimating and financial forecasting, and given us greater confidence in option selection in infrastructure upgrades in Glasgow." Jackie Bland, Geotechnics Ltd and Chair of the AGS Data Management Working Group "GSPEC is AGS format really being used in the way it was originally intended to be." Jane Morgan, Deputy Director, Digital Public Services at The Scottish Government "The ASK Network and GSPEC data formats fit well with the Scottish Government's spatial information priorities, namely promoting the wider exploitation of spatial data, efficient hosting and data sharing to encourage use and collaborative projects across the public, private and academic sectors." David Hay, Group Manager, Regeneration and Capital Investment, Glasgow City Council "The sub-surface plays a key role in the development and regeneration of the city region...and as a council we remain committed to working in partnership with BGS to develop and roll-out the GSPEC through the ASK Network, with the aim of facilitating development and regeneration through a collective improved understanding of the sub-surface."
Start Year 2012
 
Description ASK Network Glasgow 
Organisation Town Rock Energy Ltd
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution ASK (Accessing Subsurface Knowledge) is a data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors developed by BGS and Glasgow City Council. The partnership shares subsurface data on the geology and engineering properties of the subsurface acquired by ground investigations in the Glasgow region, following a standard data exchange format developed by BGS (GSPEC). The data is held on behalf of partners by the BGS. Partners are required to sign an innovation agreement which provides them with a free licence to use BGS digital map and 3D model data for the Glasgow region for a specified (renewable) period. The network is a joint initiative of the BGS Geology and Regional Geophysics and Engineering Geology Programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide access to subsurface geotechnical data acquired by ground investigations which BGS in turn uses to upgrade its geological and engineering geological models. These value added BGS products are then made available to partners on free licence terms.
Impact Multi-disciplinary (geology, engineering, geotechnics, environmental chemistry) For impacts of the project see: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/engineeringGeology/urbanGeoscience/clyde/askNetwork/askNetworkWorkshop2014.html Iain Hall, Technical Manager of Grontmij Edinburgh "For modest initial investment in training and communication with contractors on site, applying GSPEC has led to significant benefits downstream including improved ability to handle large data sets, reduced financial risk to design and ability for rapid 3D visualisation of data. These have given improved confidence of ground conditions and enabled closer attainment of optimum design." Diarmad Campbell, Chief Geologist Scotland, BGS; Hugh Barron, ASK Network Coordinator, BGS; Alex Scott, project manager, Scottish Water Alex Scott, a project manager for Scottish Water "Using the ASK Network 3D models from BGS has increased certainty at an earlier stage in project planning, improved estimating and financial forecasting, and given us greater confidence in option selection in infrastructure upgrades in Glasgow." Jackie Bland, Geotechnics Ltd and Chair of the AGS Data Management Working Group "GSPEC is AGS format really being used in the way it was originally intended to be." Jane Morgan, Deputy Director, Digital Public Services at The Scottish Government "The ASK Network and GSPEC data formats fit well with the Scottish Government's spatial information priorities, namely promoting the wider exploitation of spatial data, efficient hosting and data sharing to encourage use and collaborative projects across the public, private and academic sectors." David Hay, Group Manager, Regeneration and Capital Investment, Glasgow City Council "The sub-surface plays a key role in the development and regeneration of the city region...and as a council we remain committed to working in partnership with BGS to develop and roll-out the GSPEC through the ASK Network, with the aim of facilitating development and regeneration through a collective improved understanding of the sub-surface."
Start Year 2012
 
Description ASK Network Glasgow 
Organisation URS Infrastructure and Environment Ltd
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution ASK (Accessing Subsurface Knowledge) is a data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors developed by BGS and Glasgow City Council. The partnership shares subsurface data on the geology and engineering properties of the subsurface acquired by ground investigations in the Glasgow region, following a standard data exchange format developed by BGS (GSPEC). The data is held on behalf of partners by the BGS. Partners are required to sign an innovation agreement which provides them with a free licence to use BGS digital map and 3D model data for the Glasgow region for a specified (renewable) period. The network is a joint initiative of the BGS Geology and Regional Geophysics and Engineering Geology Programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide access to subsurface geotechnical data acquired by ground investigations which BGS in turn uses to upgrade its geological and engineering geological models. These value added BGS products are then made available to partners on free licence terms.
Impact Multi-disciplinary (geology, engineering, geotechnics, environmental chemistry) For impacts of the project see: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/engineeringGeology/urbanGeoscience/clyde/askNetwork/askNetworkWorkshop2014.html Iain Hall, Technical Manager of Grontmij Edinburgh "For modest initial investment in training and communication with contractors on site, applying GSPEC has led to significant benefits downstream including improved ability to handle large data sets, reduced financial risk to design and ability for rapid 3D visualisation of data. These have given improved confidence of ground conditions and enabled closer attainment of optimum design." Diarmad Campbell, Chief Geologist Scotland, BGS; Hugh Barron, ASK Network Coordinator, BGS; Alex Scott, project manager, Scottish Water Alex Scott, a project manager for Scottish Water "Using the ASK Network 3D models from BGS has increased certainty at an earlier stage in project planning, improved estimating and financial forecasting, and given us greater confidence in option selection in infrastructure upgrades in Glasgow." Jackie Bland, Geotechnics Ltd and Chair of the AGS Data Management Working Group "GSPEC is AGS format really being used in the way it was originally intended to be." Jane Morgan, Deputy Director, Digital Public Services at The Scottish Government "The ASK Network and GSPEC data formats fit well with the Scottish Government's spatial information priorities, namely promoting the wider exploitation of spatial data, efficient hosting and data sharing to encourage use and collaborative projects across the public, private and academic sectors." David Hay, Group Manager, Regeneration and Capital Investment, Glasgow City Council "The sub-surface plays a key role in the development and regeneration of the city region...and as a council we remain committed to working in partnership with BGS to develop and roll-out the GSPEC through the ASK Network, with the aim of facilitating development and regeneration through a collective improved understanding of the sub-surface."
Start Year 2012
 
Description ASK Network Glasgow 
Organisation University of Aberdeen
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution ASK (Accessing Subsurface Knowledge) is a data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors developed by BGS and Glasgow City Council. The partnership shares subsurface data on the geology and engineering properties of the subsurface acquired by ground investigations in the Glasgow region, following a standard data exchange format developed by BGS (GSPEC). The data is held on behalf of partners by the BGS. Partners are required to sign an innovation agreement which provides them with a free licence to use BGS digital map and 3D model data for the Glasgow region for a specified (renewable) period. The network is a joint initiative of the BGS Geology and Regional Geophysics and Engineering Geology Programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide access to subsurface geotechnical data acquired by ground investigations which BGS in turn uses to upgrade its geological and engineering geological models. These value added BGS products are then made available to partners on free licence terms.
Impact Multi-disciplinary (geology, engineering, geotechnics, environmental chemistry) For impacts of the project see: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/engineeringGeology/urbanGeoscience/clyde/askNetwork/askNetworkWorkshop2014.html Iain Hall, Technical Manager of Grontmij Edinburgh "For modest initial investment in training and communication with contractors on site, applying GSPEC has led to significant benefits downstream including improved ability to handle large data sets, reduced financial risk to design and ability for rapid 3D visualisation of data. These have given improved confidence of ground conditions and enabled closer attainment of optimum design." Diarmad Campbell, Chief Geologist Scotland, BGS; Hugh Barron, ASK Network Coordinator, BGS; Alex Scott, project manager, Scottish Water Alex Scott, a project manager for Scottish Water "Using the ASK Network 3D models from BGS has increased certainty at an earlier stage in project planning, improved estimating and financial forecasting, and given us greater confidence in option selection in infrastructure upgrades in Glasgow." Jackie Bland, Geotechnics Ltd and Chair of the AGS Data Management Working Group "GSPEC is AGS format really being used in the way it was originally intended to be." Jane Morgan, Deputy Director, Digital Public Services at The Scottish Government "The ASK Network and GSPEC data formats fit well with the Scottish Government's spatial information priorities, namely promoting the wider exploitation of spatial data, efficient hosting and data sharing to encourage use and collaborative projects across the public, private and academic sectors." David Hay, Group Manager, Regeneration and Capital Investment, Glasgow City Council "The sub-surface plays a key role in the development and regeneration of the city region...and as a council we remain committed to working in partnership with BGS to develop and roll-out the GSPEC through the ASK Network, with the aim of facilitating development and regeneration through a collective improved understanding of the sub-surface."
Start Year 2012
 
Description ASK Network Glasgow 
Organisation University of the West of Scotland
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution ASK (Accessing Subsurface Knowledge) is a data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors developed by BGS and Glasgow City Council. The partnership shares subsurface data on the geology and engineering properties of the subsurface acquired by ground investigations in the Glasgow region, following a standard data exchange format developed by BGS (GSPEC). The data is held on behalf of partners by the BGS. Partners are required to sign an innovation agreement which provides them with a free licence to use BGS digital map and 3D model data for the Glasgow region for a specified (renewable) period. The network is a joint initiative of the BGS Geology and Regional Geophysics and Engineering Geology Programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide access to subsurface geotechnical data acquired by ground investigations which BGS in turn uses to upgrade its geological and engineering geological models. These value added BGS products are then made available to partners on free licence terms.
Impact Multi-disciplinary (geology, engineering, geotechnics, environmental chemistry) For impacts of the project see: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/engineeringGeology/urbanGeoscience/clyde/askNetwork/askNetworkWorkshop2014.html Iain Hall, Technical Manager of Grontmij Edinburgh "For modest initial investment in training and communication with contractors on site, applying GSPEC has led to significant benefits downstream including improved ability to handle large data sets, reduced financial risk to design and ability for rapid 3D visualisation of data. These have given improved confidence of ground conditions and enabled closer attainment of optimum design." Diarmad Campbell, Chief Geologist Scotland, BGS; Hugh Barron, ASK Network Coordinator, BGS; Alex Scott, project manager, Scottish Water Alex Scott, a project manager for Scottish Water "Using the ASK Network 3D models from BGS has increased certainty at an earlier stage in project planning, improved estimating and financial forecasting, and given us greater confidence in option selection in infrastructure upgrades in Glasgow." Jackie Bland, Geotechnics Ltd and Chair of the AGS Data Management Working Group "GSPEC is AGS format really being used in the way it was originally intended to be." Jane Morgan, Deputy Director, Digital Public Services at The Scottish Government "The ASK Network and GSPEC data formats fit well with the Scottish Government's spatial information priorities, namely promoting the wider exploitation of spatial data, efficient hosting and data sharing to encourage use and collaborative projects across the public, private and academic sectors." David Hay, Group Manager, Regeneration and Capital Investment, Glasgow City Council "The sub-surface plays a key role in the development and regeneration of the city region...and as a council we remain committed to working in partnership with BGS to develop and roll-out the GSPEC through the ASK Network, with the aim of facilitating development and regeneration through a collective improved understanding of the sub-surface."
Start Year 2012
 
Description ASK Network Glasgow 
Organisation WS Atkins
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution ASK (Accessing Subsurface Knowledge) is a data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors developed by BGS and Glasgow City Council. The partnership shares subsurface data on the geology and engineering properties of the subsurface acquired by ground investigations in the Glasgow region, following a standard data exchange format developed by BGS (GSPEC). The data is held on behalf of partners by the BGS. Partners are required to sign an innovation agreement which provides them with a free licence to use BGS digital map and 3D model data for the Glasgow region for a specified (renewable) period. The network is a joint initiative of the BGS Geology and Regional Geophysics and Engineering Geology Programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide access to subsurface geotechnical data acquired by ground investigations which BGS in turn uses to upgrade its geological and engineering geological models. These value added BGS products are then made available to partners on free licence terms.
Impact Multi-disciplinary (geology, engineering, geotechnics, environmental chemistry) For impacts of the project see: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/engineeringGeology/urbanGeoscience/clyde/askNetwork/askNetworkWorkshop2014.html Iain Hall, Technical Manager of Grontmij Edinburgh "For modest initial investment in training and communication with contractors on site, applying GSPEC has led to significant benefits downstream including improved ability to handle large data sets, reduced financial risk to design and ability for rapid 3D visualisation of data. These have given improved confidence of ground conditions and enabled closer attainment of optimum design." Diarmad Campbell, Chief Geologist Scotland, BGS; Hugh Barron, ASK Network Coordinator, BGS; Alex Scott, project manager, Scottish Water Alex Scott, a project manager for Scottish Water "Using the ASK Network 3D models from BGS has increased certainty at an earlier stage in project planning, improved estimating and financial forecasting, and given us greater confidence in option selection in infrastructure upgrades in Glasgow." Jackie Bland, Geotechnics Ltd and Chair of the AGS Data Management Working Group "GSPEC is AGS format really being used in the way it was originally intended to be." Jane Morgan, Deputy Director, Digital Public Services at The Scottish Government "The ASK Network and GSPEC data formats fit well with the Scottish Government's spatial information priorities, namely promoting the wider exploitation of spatial data, efficient hosting and data sharing to encourage use and collaborative projects across the public, private and academic sectors." David Hay, Group Manager, Regeneration and Capital Investment, Glasgow City Council "The sub-surface plays a key role in the development and regeneration of the city region...and as a council we remain committed to working in partnership with BGS to develop and roll-out the GSPEC through the ASK Network, with the aim of facilitating development and regeneration through a collective improved understanding of the sub-surface."
Start Year 2012
 
Description ASK Network Glasgow 
Organisation WSP UK Ltd
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution ASK (Accessing Subsurface Knowledge) is a data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors developed by BGS and Glasgow City Council. The partnership shares subsurface data on the geology and engineering properties of the subsurface acquired by ground investigations in the Glasgow region, following a standard data exchange format developed by BGS (GSPEC). The data is held on behalf of partners by the BGS. Partners are required to sign an innovation agreement which provides them with a free licence to use BGS digital map and 3D model data for the Glasgow region for a specified (renewable) period. The network is a joint initiative of the BGS Geology and Regional Geophysics and Engineering Geology Programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide access to subsurface geotechnical data acquired by ground investigations which BGS in turn uses to upgrade its geological and engineering geological models. These value added BGS products are then made available to partners on free licence terms.
Impact Multi-disciplinary (geology, engineering, geotechnics, environmental chemistry) For impacts of the project see: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/engineeringGeology/urbanGeoscience/clyde/askNetwork/askNetworkWorkshop2014.html Iain Hall, Technical Manager of Grontmij Edinburgh "For modest initial investment in training and communication with contractors on site, applying GSPEC has led to significant benefits downstream including improved ability to handle large data sets, reduced financial risk to design and ability for rapid 3D visualisation of data. These have given improved confidence of ground conditions and enabled closer attainment of optimum design." Diarmad Campbell, Chief Geologist Scotland, BGS; Hugh Barron, ASK Network Coordinator, BGS; Alex Scott, project manager, Scottish Water Alex Scott, a project manager for Scottish Water "Using the ASK Network 3D models from BGS has increased certainty at an earlier stage in project planning, improved estimating and financial forecasting, and given us greater confidence in option selection in infrastructure upgrades in Glasgow." Jackie Bland, Geotechnics Ltd and Chair of the AGS Data Management Working Group "GSPEC is AGS format really being used in the way it was originally intended to be." Jane Morgan, Deputy Director, Digital Public Services at The Scottish Government "The ASK Network and GSPEC data formats fit well with the Scottish Government's spatial information priorities, namely promoting the wider exploitation of spatial data, efficient hosting and data sharing to encourage use and collaborative projects across the public, private and academic sectors." David Hay, Group Manager, Regeneration and Capital Investment, Glasgow City Council "The sub-surface plays a key role in the development and regeneration of the city region...and as a council we remain committed to working in partnership with BGS to develop and roll-out the GSPEC through the ASK Network, with the aim of facilitating development and regeneration through a collective improved understanding of the sub-surface."
Start Year 2012
 
Description ASK Network Glasgow 
Organisation West Dunbartonshire Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution ASK (Accessing Subsurface Knowledge) is a data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors developed by BGS and Glasgow City Council. The partnership shares subsurface data on the geology and engineering properties of the subsurface acquired by ground investigations in the Glasgow region, following a standard data exchange format developed by BGS (GSPEC). The data is held on behalf of partners by the BGS. Partners are required to sign an innovation agreement which provides them with a free licence to use BGS digital map and 3D model data for the Glasgow region for a specified (renewable) period. The network is a joint initiative of the BGS Geology and Regional Geophysics and Engineering Geology Programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provide access to subsurface geotechnical data acquired by ground investigations which BGS in turn uses to upgrade its geological and engineering geological models. These value added BGS products are then made available to partners on free licence terms.
Impact Multi-disciplinary (geology, engineering, geotechnics, environmental chemistry) For impacts of the project see: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/engineeringGeology/urbanGeoscience/clyde/askNetwork/askNetworkWorkshop2014.html Iain Hall, Technical Manager of Grontmij Edinburgh "For modest initial investment in training and communication with contractors on site, applying GSPEC has led to significant benefits downstream including improved ability to handle large data sets, reduced financial risk to design and ability for rapid 3D visualisation of data. These have given improved confidence of ground conditions and enabled closer attainment of optimum design." Diarmad Campbell, Chief Geologist Scotland, BGS; Hugh Barron, ASK Network Coordinator, BGS; Alex Scott, project manager, Scottish Water Alex Scott, a project manager for Scottish Water "Using the ASK Network 3D models from BGS has increased certainty at an earlier stage in project planning, improved estimating and financial forecasting, and given us greater confidence in option selection in infrastructure upgrades in Glasgow." Jackie Bland, Geotechnics Ltd and Chair of the AGS Data Management Working Group "GSPEC is AGS format really being used in the way it was originally intended to be." Jane Morgan, Deputy Director, Digital Public Services at The Scottish Government "The ASK Network and GSPEC data formats fit well with the Scottish Government's spatial information priorities, namely promoting the wider exploitation of spatial data, efficient hosting and data sharing to encourage use and collaborative projects across the public, private and academic sectors." David Hay, Group Manager, Regeneration and Capital Investment, Glasgow City Council "The sub-surface plays a key role in the development and regeneration of the city region...and as a council we remain committed to working in partnership with BGS to develop and roll-out the GSPEC through the ASK Network, with the aim of facilitating development and regeneration through a collective improved understanding of the sub-surface."
Start Year 2012
 
Description British Sedimentological Research Group's 55th meeting, Cambridge, December 2016, 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact trong presence at British Sedimentological Research Group's 55th meeting, Cambridge, December 2016, including 5 talks involving GRG staff: 1) Hough, E & Evans, DJ. 2016. Primary sedimentary structures in bedded halite- indicators of depositional conditions from the mid-Triassic of the UK; 2) Cripps, C, Wakefield, OJ, Hough, E & Thompson, J. 2016. The influence of allogenic controls on facies variability within two basins: the Triassic Sherwood Sandstone Group of Central and Northern England 3) Newport, SM, Taylor, KG, Hough, E, Jerrett, RM & Worden, RH. Sedimentology and microfacies development with in a slope to basin-floor mudstone succession: Carboniferous Bowland Shale Formation, NW England; 4) Bennett, CE, Davies, SJ, Kearsey, TI, Millward, D & Gibling, MR. The habitats of tetrapod terrestrialisation in the early Carboniferous; 5) Davies, SJ, Kearsey, TI, Millward, D & 9 others. Early Mississippian palaeoenvironments and their significance for tetrapod evolution.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Future of Geological Mapping (York Museum, Yorkshire Philosophical Society) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Lecture to Yorkshire Philosophical Society on the future of geological mapping, including new technologies and societal drivers and impacts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.ypsyork.org/events/back-to-the-future-of-william-smiths-map/
 
Description Poster presentation at the Quaternary Research Asociation Annual Discussion 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Poster presentation at the Quaternary Research Asociation Annual Discussion 2017: Lee, J, Cripps, C, Kearsey, T, Gow, H, Finlayson, A, Lee, K, Entwisle, D, Cartwright, C and Hughes, L, Quaternary Heterogeneities: geospatial products for scientists, industry and decision makers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/515735/
 
Description Wales ASK Network launch event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Ground investigation data underpin all successful regeneration and development activities. Difficulty in accessing this data has in the past restricted the free flow of information between engineering project teams. The Accessing Subsurface Knowledge (ASK) Network is the first exchange network for subsurface environmental data in Wales with the goal of reducing the costs for construction firms and planners caused by unforeseen ground conditions. The launch event brought together local government planning officers, representatives from Natural Resources Wales and practitioners from the engineering industry in a facilitated workshop to determine how best to access and share the available data and identify some initial benefits and priorities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.bgs.ac.uk/news/docs/InviteFlyerASKNetworkWales21stSept15.pdf