What's new on the website?

Recent updates to the BGS websites.

Explore activities that occur beneath the ground and how they interact using the Sustainable use of the subsurface viewer.

13 October 2017

BGS launch their new Official Development Assistance (ODA) programme:
  • integrated resource management in eastern Africa
  • resilience of Asian cities
  • global geological risk

29 September 2017

Instagram image for August
Here is a round up of metrics for August 2017. For all social media, the item shown is the most popular this month.

19 September 2017

This October BGS are giving free access to its BGS Civils web viewer, allowing you to explore maps of engineering properties across Great Britain and test the capabilities against your own projects.

This is a no obligation trial, where the free service will simply switch off at the end of October. We would, however, appreciate some feedback so you will be contacted with a request for information. We value your comments and will use them to improve the datasets and to assist in the development of further data products which we hope will be of use to your organisation.

To obtain your free access, please contact us at digitaldata@bgs.ac.uk

Top three reasons to trial the BGS Civils viewer

  • Find out if ground conditions are likely to be suitable for civil engineering projects and efficiently predict what type of solution might be possible.
  • Use it as an independent line of evidence at desk study phase to allow effective planning and tender preparations.
  • Tap into geological data collected and interpreted over the past 200 years and benefit from BGS' knowledge of ground conditions.

More information on BGS Civils

4 September 2017

RAWFILL roundel
BGS is a partner on a new project that is seeking to improve our ability to mine old landfill sites to recover useful resources and reclaim valuable land. RAWFILL is funded through the EU Interreg Programme, and will run for three years. The project involves eight partners from across North-West Europe. The role of BGS is to develop new geophysical approaches for characterising landfills.

23 August 2017

Monitoring groundwater methane
In the 2014 Autumn Statement £31 million has been allocated to BGS through NERC to establish the Energy Security and Innovation Observing System for the Subsurface (ESIOS). This is a first of a kind, pioneering system to realise the huge potential of Britain’s underground energy resources. It will 'take the pulse' of the UK's underground, ensuring that our activities are environmentally sustainable.

5 July 2017

Informatics' 3D visualisation suite
Check out the new pages for our Informatics team

23 June 2017

In 2012 the BGS acquired a modern passive seismic measurement unit (Tromino) to complement the existing suite of near-surface geophysical equipment.

26 April 2017


This weekend a major upgrade to network services at our Keyworth office is taking place.

Most web and information services will remain available throughout the duration of the work but there may be short interruptions to services at any time during Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 April.

The services subject to possible interruption include the main website, the online shop, all our hosted sites such as OneGeology, all our webservices and some mobile app functionality.

We apologise for any inconvenience while we undertake this essential work.

Please note that the below Edinburgh-based websites will still be available:

20 April 2017

GeoSciML logo
On 15 March 2017 the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) announced that GeoSciML was approved and published with full documentation as an OGC Standard. The OGC GeoSciML Standard defines a model and the encoding for geological features commonly described and portrayed in geological maps, cross sections, geological reports and databases.

22 March 2017