The Glasgow (Scotland) geotechnical GIS: a desk study tool

Entwisle, David C.; Culshaw, Martin G.; Hulbert, Andrew G.; Shelley, Wayne A.; Self, Suzanne J.; Dobbs, Marcus R.. 2016 The Glasgow (Scotland) geotechnical GIS: a desk study tool. In: Eggers, M.J.; Griffiths, J.S.; Parry, S.; Culshaw, M.G., (eds.) Developments in engineering geology. London, UK, Geological Society of London, 63-80. (Engineering Geology Special Publication, 27, 27).

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Desk study is an essential part of all civil engineering project ground investigations. It is usually a collation and review of existing data and information about a site and, in some cases, the surrounding area, and carried out at an early stage of the ground investigation to inform and guide the ground investigation. It should provide suitable data and information to assess the ground conditions and the implications for the proposed engineering design. A similar approach can be taken to inform local, regional or national government with regard to development and the redevelopment of urban areas where ground investigation data and information are available. This paper describes a spatially defined geotechnical information system (GIS) designed to provide geological, geotechnical and geoenvironmental data and information for Glasgow City Council (Scotland). The system contains three main parts: the geology (bedrock, Quaternary and artificial deposits and the thickness and depth of these deposits); the data are presented as various summary graphs illustrating the variation of various parameters as well as a geotechnical and geoenvironmental database; and tools specifically developed to present the data. As undermining is a hazard in part of Glasgow, a dataset showing the distribution of mining is included. Further interpretation of the characteristics of the geological units has produced an engineering geological classification which may be used to provide rapid assessment of the engineering geological conditions.

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ISSN: 0267-9914
Date made live: 15 Nov 2016 11:45 +0 (UTC)

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