Modelling the quality of sand and gravel resources in 3D

Mee, Katy; Linley, Kathrine A.; Mankelow, Joseph M.; Shaw, Richard A.. 2011 Modelling the quality of sand and gravel resources in 3D. [Poster] In: Cities, catchments and coasts: applied geoscience for decision-making in London and the Thames Basin, London, UK, 13 May 2011. (Unpublished)

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The construction industry is a critical sector of the UK economy and natural aggregates, such as crushed rock, sand and gravel, are the most commonly used construction minerals. Demand for aggregates will continue into the future and this demand will primarily be met by indigenous production. However, minerals can only be worked where they occur and with increasing pressure on land use, it is important that mineral resources are identified and appropriately safeguarded. It is imperative that we understand how these deposits are distributed not just on the surface but also underground (Figure 1). Whilst 2D mineral resource data is proving invaluable in assisting planners, developers and industry in landuse planning and decision-making, it does come with limitations, such as being unable to depict the internal variation in the quality of the deposit with depth or provide an indication of the ratio of mineral to waste. Such information is essential when assessing the economic viability of extraction and, within BGS, 3D modelling techniques are being used to address these issues.

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Poster)
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2010 > Information and Knowledge Exchange (Information Products)
Date made live: 13 May 2011 15:24 +0 (UTC)

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