Legacy borehole records
Benefits of data sharingBut it’s not just the number of hits that’s impressive, but the virtuous cycle that this triggered. As more people access the borehole records, more clients and contractors see the benefit that data sharing brings to the wider industry, and start to donate their own borehole records to BGS. This means more borehole data is accessible, triggering greater uptake, and so the cycle continues.
Further opening of geotechnical dataUnsurprisingly BGS has made many friends by investing in the borehole data release who are keen to collaborate to extend this principle further. We have just started a project with Atkins and Morgan Sindall to encourage a community around further opening of geotechnical data, in particular data in digital AGS format, and the creation of a simple to use and sustainable workflow. As there is no legal obligation to deposit site investigation records, BGS has to rely on good will by the depositor and importantly need the client’s permission so a lot of the work will focus on communication and education around the process. We hope this approach will release and unlock the estimated 80% of site investigation data that are still hidden within the geotechnical industry leading to a major shift in the availability of borehole data for the benefit of all.
The success of any data sharing initiative is down to those who are willing to buy into the process and commit their own data. This takes time and resources, and so we are grateful to all who have donated their information in the past and continue to do so today. By working together to achieve a common goal, we have been able to save potentially millions of pounds in unnecessary site investigation costs.
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