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BGS is part of an EC-funded project called ‘CHPM2030’.
This started in January, with startup meeting in February, but only now is some of the promotional material coming out.
BGS activities in the project will focus on 2 main areas:
This work will be run through the Renewables, Energy Storage & Clean Coal Team, with work split between the Renewables, Energy Storage & Clean Coal Team and the Ore Deposits & Commodities Team.
The BGS Proactive Infrastructure Monitoring and Evaluation (PRIME) System has won the 2016 Ground Engineering Product and Equipment Innovation Award (sponsored by BAM Ritchies).
PRIME is a low-cost system specifically designed for infrastructure monitoring and remote operation, for deployment on ‘at risk’ geotechnical assets (e.g. embankments, cuttings and dams).
PRIME combines emerging geophysical ground imaging technology with innovative data telemetry, web portal access and intelligent monitoring. It develops the basis of a new generation of ‘smart’ earthwork technology capable of imaging the internal physical condition of infrastructure earthworks using diagnostic methods routinely used in medical physics.
The PRIME monitoring concept has been developed by Jon Chambers, Phil Meldrum, Dave Gunn and all of the BGS Geophysical Tomography Team, supported by Helen Reeves the Director of Engineering Geology.
The work was funded by NERC (Natural Environment Research Council), most recently through the Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme, and input from our stakeholder steering group comprising Network Rail, Canal & River Trust, Scottish Canals, London Underground, RSSB, Arup, Atkins, HS2, National Grid, ITM Monitoring and Geosense.
Following the National Geophysical Survey meeting held in April at the British Geological Survey we are pleased to announce that from 08 June 2016 we are calling for expressions of interest for the survey.
Forms to download:
The closing date for all expressions of interest is Monday 4 July.
If you have any queries then please don’t hesitate to email email@example.com.
The BGS, with partners from the universities of Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Birmingham and York (National Centre for Atmospheric Science), is carrying out a science-based environmental monitoring programme in the Vale of Pickering, North Yorkshire, where a planning application to carry out hydraulic fracturing for shale gas has been submitted. The programme comprises monitoring of water quality (groundwater and surface water), seismicity, air quality, soil gas, radon in air and ground motion.
With planning permission being granted, the monitoring programme will become even more important as it will provide an independent measurement of the baseline against which any future changes can be compared. The monitoring will continue during the different stages of shale gas development at the site. It will provide the UK with a unique dataset for a shale gas operation over its whole life cycle: before, during and after hydraulic fracturing has taken place.
The BGS’s monitoring programme is independent of that being carried out by industry or regulators. It is designed to enhance the scientific understanding and knowledge of environmental baselines and identify any effects that shale gas operations might have on the environment. Information from the monitoring programme is being made publicly available and will also support peer-reviewed science.
Professor Rob Ward, BGS Director of Science and project director, said, "If hydraulic fracturing goes ahead then understanding the baseline is a critical first step in ensuring it is carried out safely. Our independent monitoring will enable this and allow more informed decisions to be made."
Read more details on the project and the results of the monitoring.
Jane's legacy extended beyond her scientific outputs – her leadership, with a firm commitment to creating and supporting opportunities for the development and progression of early-career scientists also made a lasting impact; she made exceptional career progress becoming one of the nation’s most senior female scientists in an era when leading female scientists were rare and faced many barriers to progression. As a result of her experiences she became a role model and champion to many younger scientists.
Jane retired from BGS in 2005 when she held the role of Chief Scientist but her career continued to gather momentum in other directions, commencing in 2003, with publication of 'Your life in your hands', the first of a series of books she wrote on the relationship between diet and health. After leaving BGS, Jane held the position of Emeritus Professor of Geochemistry at Imperial College until her death.
Jane attended Ashby de la Zouch Grammar School for Girls and joined BGS in 1967, aged 23, with a first-class degree in Geology from the University of Liverpool and was assigned to the Atomic Energy Section in London under Stan Bowie. Her career progressed rapidly; initially developing methods in the north of Scotland for a regional geochemical Survey to identify resources of economically important metals for which she was awarded, in 1977, a PhD from the university of Leicester for her work "Regional Geochemical mapping in Great Britain with particular reference to sources of error".
By 1983 Jane had achieved Band three Individual Merit Promotion in recognition of her scientific achievement. Following a sabbatical year in 1988-89, spent in Northern Canada developing her skills and experience working as Vice-President of a junior exploration company, she moved from London to Keyworth as all BGS Geochemistry operations relocated. Subsequently, Jane held a succession of senior leadership positions in BGS culminating in 2002 with her appointment as BGS Chief Scientist.
In 1997 Jane was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in recognition of her contribution to science and industry.