Engineering geology

Simplified Engineering Geology viewer

We carry out an integrated programme of mapping, testing, monitoring and modelling to describe the physical properties of the UK landmass and how it behaves in a changing climate. This is a cornerstone in our work to help society cope with climate change and population growth.

Crucial to our research is ongoing work to improve the ways in which we communicate this important information to government, industry and the general public.

Our research

The Geophysical Tomography (GTom) Geophysical tomography

The Geophysical Tomography (GTom) team provides leading-edge technology for non-invasive geoelectrical imaging of the shallow subsurface. Our ALERT technology permits complex earth systems and processes to be monitored remotely using permanent ‘in situ’ sensor networks and wireless telemetry.

Geo-engineering properties and processes Geotechnical and geophysical properties and processes

Characterising UK rock and soil formations in terms of their lithological and engineering properties.

Shallow geohazards and risks Shallow geohazards and risks

Understanding the shallow geohazards that affect the UK and how best to reduce their risks to society. Landslides, National Landslide Database, flooding, ground shrinkage, caves and soluble rocks, National Karst Database, subsidence, new technologies for hazard reduction.

Urban development Urban geoscience

3D characterisation of the ground beneath towns and cities and its interaction with utilities, infrastructure and people. Applied research includes 3D geological modelling of the shallow subsurface including artificial ground, infiltration for sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) and impacts of land use.


Contact Dr. Helen Reeves for more information.