The ASK Network is being developed by the BGS and Glasgow City Council (GCC), with support from other partners in the public and private sectors.
Join the ASK Network to help develop and exchange data sets and methods about the ground beneath Glasgow and beyond.
The ASK Network — or Accessing Subsurface Knowledge — was launched in The Lighthouse on 16 November 2012.
ASK is a new data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors developed by the BGS and Glasgow City Council.
Knowledge of the subsurface is key to delivering successful construction and regeneration projects— poor understanding of ground conditions is widely recognised as the largest single cause of project delay as well as overspending — see Ground Rules | NCE.
The ASK Network launch was attended by 62 delegates from the public and private sectors including local authorities, geotechnical and civil engineering consultancies and universities.
Download the ASK Network Launch Programme
Download the ASK Innovation Agreement
Download the Summary of Break-out session
The ASK Network will attempt to:
Unforeseen ground conditions are often the result of inefficient handling of environmental and geotechnical data, and a lack of re-use of ground investigation data. Improving this situation demands significantly better use, and re-use, of data and knowledge.
Recent collaboration between the BGS, GCC and the private sector is demonstrating the value in a step change in how subsurface data are reported and exchanged between the public and private sectors in Glasgow.
The BGS has been at the forefront of developing 3D urban subsurface models in recent years to help improve understanding of subsurface conditions and view the subsurface in its regional and local spatial context.
3D models are heavily dependent on high quality ground investigation data and can readily be used to promote more cost effective and better informed future site investigations.
With better re-use of subsurface data and knowledge, we are keen to extend these model capabilities and increase the models relevance to practical issues, and support a wide range of decision-making in the public and private sectors.
Contact Hugh Barron about joining the ASK Network or for further information