The ASK Network: developing a virtuous cycle of subsurface data and knowledge exchange

Barron, H.F.; Bonsor, H.C.; Campbell, S.D.G.; Reeves, H.J.; Hay, D.; Hall, I.; Scott, A.. 2015 The ASK Network: developing a virtuous cycle of subsurface data and knowledge exchange. In: Geotechnical Engineering for Infrastructure and Development: XVI European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Edinburgh, UK, Sept 2015. Institution of Civil Engineers.

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Knowledge of the subsurface is essential in delivering successful construction and regeneration projects. Inadequate understanding of subsurface ground conditions can constrain effective development of urban areas and is a key factor in project delay and overspending. Improving this situation demands much better use, and re-use, of subsurface data and knowledge. The establishment of ASK subsurface data and knowledge exchange network has led to substantial improvements in how urban subsurface data is reported and exchanged between the public and private sectors. Implementation of the GSPEC standardised digital data reporting format has improved the integrity and accessibility of data. ASK and GSPEC are enabling the expansion and exchange of high quality systematic subsurface datasets, improving development of robust 3D ground models which can be used to promote more cost effective and better informed ground engineering investigations, and monitoring and regulation of resources in the urban environment. The work underway in Glasgow is acting as a standard for change, both within the UK and Europe.

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Paper)
ISBN: 978-0-7277-6067-8
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 19 Dec 2017 14:12 +0 (UTC)

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