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Ground characterisation of the urban environment: a guide to best practice. Urban Geoscience and Geological Hazards Programme.

Ellison, R.A.; McMillan, A.A.; Lott, G.K.; Kessler, H.; Lawley, R.S.. 2002 Ground characterisation of the urban environment: a guide to best practice. Urban Geoscience and Geological Hazards Programme. Keyworth, British Geological Survey, 37pp. (RR/02/2005)

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This report sets the framework for the means to provide information and advice about all aspects of the ground in the urban environment. In order to understand properly the interaction of the ground and human activity in urban areas it is necessary to gather information on, and map out the properties of, the ground. The BGS undertakes such work in a series of thematic urban geoscientific projects. This report describes the methodologies and datasets relating to superficial deposits and bedrock geology relevant to urban geoscientific projects. The rationale for carrying out such projects is explained and the basis for good practice is laid out in generic terms. The report provides guidance on sources of information and recommends procedures and standards that should form part of best practice when undertaking a project. Examples of this good practice are given in the form of illustrations of a range of outputs from a current project being carried out in Manchester and Salford. It is recognised that although some outputs may vary depending on the ground-related issues in a particular urban area, there are a number of topics that should be encompassed regardless of the local conditions. In all cases the underpinning practices, methods, recording standards and classifications need to be defined, and this report describes these parameters and highlights areas of future generic work that will enhance the output concerning urban areas in particular.

Item Type: Publication - Report (UNSPECIFIED)
Programmes: BGS Programmes > National Geoscience Framework
ISBN: 0852724306
Additional Keywords: Ground investigation, Urban environment, Standards
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 20 Feb 2008 15:50
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/2365

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