Geological data made available for Irish planners

Engineers and planners will be better able to plan major infrastructure and development projects after the Government revealed that it was making access to the National Geotechnical Borehole Database available online.

The database contains the reports of site investigation work undertaken to determine the ground conditions at the location of proposed development projects.

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan, explained that the information had been collected over several decades and would help businesses better plan major building projects.

He said: "In light of the ongoing rapid expansion of Ireland's economy it is imperative that accurate information informs the decision-making processes for the siting of important development and infrastructural projects."

Dr Ronnie Creighton, senior geologist at the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI), added: "These are vital tools in construction and major infrastructure planning."

Recently, it was revealed that Dublin's Chamber of Commerce was looking at ways in which its infrastructure could be made more environmentally efficient and sustainable.

James Cooper



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