ASK Network

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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 November 2012 and now has ten private sector, six public sector and two academic members.


3D DataAsk Network Workshop 2014

BGS and Glasgow City Council will be hosting a half-day workshop in Glasgow City Chambers on Tuesday 4th March. Come and find out about new developments in 3D subsurface modelling, the new Groundhog web tool and progress on GSPEC, the web upload specification for AGS data. More details to follow.

new!Extended coverage datasets now available.

23 July 2013. See map of new extent of superficial deposits and bedrock coverage.

CityscapeNew members in November 2013:

CH2M Hill (Halcrow), B.A. Hydro Solutions Ltd, University of the West of Scotland

So what is the ASK Network?

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.

Learn more about the aims of the network, better use and re-use of data and 3D urban subsurface models.

3D subsurface models available to ASK Network members

Current members of the ASK Network Partnership can access superficial deposits and bedrock 3D subsurface models of the Central Glasgow area at no charge.

3D urban subsurface models

3D EA model

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.


Join the network by signing the ASK Innovation Agreement 70KB pdf.

Download ASK Network presentation given to Scottish Water in August 2013 8MB pdf

Contact Hugh Barron for further information about the ASK Network.