BGS Geoanalytics and Modelling

Lead Research Organisation: NERC British Geological Survey

Abstract

The Geoanalytics & Modelling Directorate undertakes research into a variety of areas, such as the development of 3D modelling systems; the parameterisation of models; the development of numerical process modelling techniques including groundwater, debris flow, multiphase flow and coupled process modelling; uncertainty analysis; geostatistics, and model and data integration, where we apply integrated models to the analysis of a range of environmental problems. It specialises in the development of immersive 3D visualisation techniques, online decision support systems and the development of novel geoscience products that deliver geoscientific information in an assessable form to a range of data users.

Publications


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Title Geo-data innovation tools and techniques 
Description development of innovation pipeline and open innovation methods and techniques that can be applied routinely within a geological survey organisation 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact use of open innovation methods and development of professional innovation techniques has led to more focused data innovations being developed which have been fast tracked into there user community through better engagement with the user community within every stage of development ie co-design and co-production 
 
Description Geospatial data innovation with the Ordance Survey 
Organisation Ordnance Survey
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Working together on the Underground asset geovation challenge camp
Collaborator Contribution we worked with major asset owners and geovation to develop an innovation challenge specifically designed for subsurface assets. we helped shape the challenge and worked on the challenge with the startups that applied as well as judged the final results of the challenge
Impact four start-up companies are now activity using BGS free data products and services --- BGS have learned a lot about how its data is used in this sector to improve is data services and products in the future --- we have also developed new users for our data and products ---- other impact has been a sharing of current practises in innovation for example the use of service design in digital data service innovation and the closer working together of the OS and BGS on projects of mutual interest
Start Year 2016
 
Title BGS Civils 
Description BGS Civils is a suite of national maps of engineering properties based on geological data and the digital 1:50 000 scale geological map - BGS Geology 50k. The primary goal of the product is to provide the key engineering characteristics of the geology of Great Britain to professional users who need simple and rapid access to such information. You might be planning pipeline routes avoiding difficult ground conditions, calculating tender costs for trench excavation or you might need knowledge of ground properties in order to plan your daily activities. The data is provided as GIS shapefiles and are available to licence individually or as a bundle to meet your own requirements. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact BGS civils is being taken up by civil engineers and used in BIM systems - early days but it is already being taken up by our VARS 
URL http://www.bgs.ac.uk/products/groundConditions/civilsBundleHome.html
 
Title Groundhog Desktop (Beta Version) has been released for free (UK Open Government License) 
Description Groundhog Desktop (Beta Version) has been released for free (UK Open Government License) 1000+ downloads so far have occurred from range of sectors . A Exploitation plan is in development to include professionalization and commercialisation. Intended primarily as a vehicle for delivering paid-for data products and services to professional end-users and to bring in consultancy work (both systems and geological work). Strong interest from industry (Atkins, AECOM, CH2M, Surveys - GTK (€100k customization proposal over 2 years is in preparation in the RMS.) and Universities (Newcastle) has been expressed. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact N/A 
URL http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/environmentalModelling/groundhogDesktop.html
 
Title Northern Ireland radon potential data set 
Description The Radon data: radon potential dataset is the definitive map of Radon Affected Areas in Northern Ireland, created jointly by Public Health England* (PHE) and the BGS using long-term radon measurements made in over 23,000 homes across Northern Ireland (without affecting householders' confidentiality), combined with geological map data. The dataset includes a built in 75 m 'buffer', made up of 50 m to allow for the margin of error in the geological lines, and 25 m to represent the average extent of a home. PHE recommends that radon levels should be reduced in homes where the annual average is at or above 200 becquerels per cubic metre (200 Bq m-3) - this is termed the Radon Action Level. PHE defines Radon Affected Areas as those with one per cent chance or more of a house having a radon concentration at or above the Action Level of 200 Bq m-3. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact N/A 
URL http://www.bgs.ac.uk/radon/hpa-bgs.html
 
Title OpenGeoscience Version 2 
Description BGS Open Geoscience has a wide range of datasets and wants to increase access to these by publishing as many as possible under OpenGeoscience. OpenGeoscience is a free service where you can view maps, download data, scans, photos and other information. The services available under OpenGeoscience are listed below, and include: view geology data through the Geology of Britain map window and as WMS access to over a million borehole scans search and download photos from the GeoScenic geological photo archive view our published paper maps and sections from 1832 to 2014 and publications from 1835 to the present 
Type Of Technology e-Business Platform 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact too early to say 
URL http://www.bgs.ac.uk/opengeoscience/home.html?src=topNav
 
Description Paper presented at the 7th international symposium on biomolecular archaeology 14-16th September 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Jane Evans, Katy Lee, Katy Mee, Clive Cartwright and Carolyn Chenery presented a paper at at the 7th international symposium on biomolecular archaeology 14-16th September 2016.

Ultimate aim of this project is to to produce the first digital, interrogable, statistically constrained, isotope domain map for Britain. As part of our development plan we will link the Sr biosphere map with the published British oxygen isotope map (Darling et al 2003), and other isotope data, to create a multilayer,
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation on BGS Civils data product 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact BGS's Russell Lawley gave a presentation on the new BGS Civils data product at the Geodata conference in Edinburgh in autumn 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation on bioaccessiblity of lead 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Joanna Wragg of the BGS presented (oral) at the International Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment, in Ghent (Sept 2016) on predicting Pb (lead) bioaccessibility.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Soil quality and links to health 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Finoa Fordyce gave a presentation on Soil quality and links to health at the SECURE Network Environment, Health and Wellbeing Workshop, Glasgow in early 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016