We are really excited to be going to this year’s Brownfield Briefing Awards later this week, where we will be in the running for the best Digital Innovation in Brownfield Award thanks to a recent joint project with the British Geological Survey (BGS).
The Ashton Gateway project involved the creation of a unique 3D topographic and sub-surface geological model of a development site close to the River Avon in Central Bristol to support a groundwater risk assessment for Homes England and Galliford Try Partnerships.
Fresh site investigation data and BGS data were integrated to create an innovative, fully geo-referenced 3D model that went beyond the site’s boundaries to show the broader geological context making the model the first of its kind to be produced in a commercial context.
The model was the culmination of a 6 month collaboration with BGS following a chance meeting with BGS’s Head of Data, Holger Kessler, at last year’s Contamination Expo in London.
It is our belief that models such as the Ashton Gateway model which combine site specific and regional geological databases will become the new baseline for our industry.
By describing the wider context in which a site sits, these models make it far easier to understand the issues and support faster, more informed decision across all stages of a project but particularly at the design stage.
They are great examples of the potential for the geospatial data held by public sector bodies such as the British Geological Survey, Ordnance Survey and HM Land Registry to add value to the UK economy, something the government has now recognised with the establishment of its new Geospatial Commission.
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