Is Your Home at Risk From Ground Movement?
24 November 2005, News release from British Geological Survey
To help answer this question the British Geological Survey has released the latest version of its GeoSure Ground Stability data.
GeoSure digital data aims to help homeowners, surveyors, insurers, planners and non-geologists understand ground stability problems that could lead to subsidence in Britain.
The Association of British Insurers estimate financial losses associated with house-subsidence totalled £3 Billion in the 1990s.
Homeowners and their advisors will be able to access the information through the BGS's own GeoReports service www.bgs.ac.uk/georeports or through standard environmental reports.
Planners and insurers will use the information as part of their risk assessment systems when deciding on planning issues or insurance premiums.
The GeoSure information is presented in 6 national digital map databases, each assessing a different ground hazard. Hazards come from:
The digital data have been created using GIS (Geographical Information Systems), computer techniques that deal with spatial data and produce thematic maps, which can address specific problems.
BGS Geologists, Engineering Geologists and GIS specialists have worked together to produce these databases incorporating data collected over many years by field survey and through consultation with groups of users.
Once the hazards are understood, any problems can be managed through more specialised building works or the careful planting or removal of trees for example.
The information will improve clients understanding of local ground conditions, allowing them to act to minimise any risk presented.
For further information please contact:
British Geological Survey
Kingsley Dunham Centre
Tel. 0115 936 3143
The British Geological Survey (BGS) is the world's longest established national geological survey and the UK's premier centre for earth science information and expertise.
It contributes to the scientific understanding of the environmental conditions, natural resources and hazards in the UK and many other countries around the world.
For further information please email British Geological Survey