3D geological models and their hydrogeological applications : supporting urban development : a case study in Glasgow-Clyde, UK

Campbell, S. Diarmad G.; Merritt, Joanne E.; O Dochartaigh, Brighid E.; Mansour, Majdi; Hughes, Andrew G.; Fordyce, Fiona M.; Entwisle, David C.; Monaghan, Alison A.; Loughlin, Susan C.. 2010 3D geological models and their hydrogeological applications : supporting urban development : a case study in Glasgow-Clyde, UK. Zeitschrift der Deutschen Gesellschaft fur Geowissenschaften, 161 (2). 251-262.

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Urban planners and developers in some parts of the United Kingdom can now access geodata in an easy-to-retrieve and understandable format. 3D attributed geological framework models and associated GIS outputs, developed by the British Geological Survey (BGS), provide a predictive tool for planning site investigations for some of the UK's largest regeneration projects in the Thames and Clyde River catchments. Using the 3D models, planners can get a 3D preview of properties of the subsurface using virtual cross-section and borehole tools in visualisation software, allowing critical decisions to be made before any expensive site investigation takes place, and potentially saving time and money. 3D models can integrate artificial and superficial deposits and bedrock geology, and can be used for recognition of major resources (such as water, thermal and sand and gravel), for example in buried valleys, groundwater modelling and assessing impacts of underground mining. A preliminary groundwater recharge and flow model for a pilot area in Glasgow has been developed using the 3D geological models as a framework. This paper focuses on the River Clyde and the Glasgow conurbation, and the BGS's Clyde Urban Super-Project (CUSP) in particular, which supports major regeneration projects in and around the City of Glasgow in the West of Scotland.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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Programmes: BGS Programmes 2010 > Geoscience Technologies
Additional Keywords: Geological modeling, Hydrogeology, Glasgow, Urban areas, GroundwaterBGS, Groundwater, Groundwater modelling, Groundwater monitoring
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 26 Jul 2010 15:34 +0 (UTC)

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