Engineering properties

Information on the geological characteristics of deposits and the rock properties provide a fundamental basis for all engineering projects. This project aims to provide a series of datasets for engineering use. Current data available includes simple classifications of the engineering definitions of

  • ‘strength’
  • ‘excavatability’

Laboratory testing

Additional engineering classifications for discontinuities, bulking characteristics and suitability for fill material are in preparation. The DiGMapGB-Plus dataset also contains baseline information about lithology, grainsize, lithological features, colour, mineralogy and age.

Dataset availability

The engineering properties for strength and excavatability will be available in January 2011. The further engineering properties are planned for release from August 2012.


Contact Russell Lawley for more information about the engineering properties project and datasets.