Mr David Boon

Mr David Boon

Acting Deputy Head of Station Cardiff/Keyworth

Location: Cardiff

Tel: 029 2052 1962

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ORCID: 0000-0003-4921-8


  •  2013 – ongoing : Deputy Head of Station, BGS Wales
  •  2011 –2012 : Engineering Geologist: British Geological Survey, Nottingham
  •  2009 –2010 : Engineering Geologist: GNS Science, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
  •  2005 –2009 : Engineering Geologist: British Geological Survey, Nottingham
  •  2004 –2005 : MSc, Engineering Geology, Leeds University, UK
  •  2002 –2003 : Scientific Officer: Royal Air Force Land Quality Assessment Team, UK
  •  2000 –2004 : BSc Environmental Geology (1st class Hons), Leeds University, UK

Boards and committees

  •  2007 –2012 : Meetings Secretary: Geological Society of London - East Midlands Regional Group

Current projects and collaboration

  •  2015 – ongoing : KIGAM-BGS: Urban Geology Collaboration
  •  2015 –2016 : Principal Investigator/PM on InnovateUK funded-project 'Ground Heat Strategy at a City Scale'
  •  2013 – ongoing : City Region Geoscience (South Wales & Bristol)
  •  2011 – ongoing : Project Leader - Ground Motion Amplification in the London Basin
  •  2010 – ongoing : Shallow geohazards and risk: Landslide Hazard Assessment of the Cleveland Baisn, UK
  •  2008 – ongoing : Project Leader: Geophysical Properties and Processes - Tills Collaborators: Lancaster University

Professional association

  •  2014 – ongoing : Professional Member of Geological Society of America
  •  2006 – ongoing : Member of International Association of Engineering Geology (IAEG)
  •  2011 – ongoing : Member of UK Earthquake Field Investigation Team (EEFIT):Christchurch Earthquake Mission, March 2011.
  •  2005 – ongoing : FGS - Fellow of the Geological Society of London


  • Engineering geological and geomorphic mapping
  • Project Management (Consultancy and National Capability Research)
  • Proficient in Terrestrial LiDAR scanner operation and post-processing (Riegl LPM 800HA & VZ1000)& GPS (Leica) for ground surveying, monitoring, and rock mass characterisation.
  • Site Investigation design, drilling supervision, soil and rock description for engineering and geological purposes (BS5930, EC7 & ASTM). Material physical property testing (geotechnical).
  • Seismic Site Response Analysis (1D SHAKE)
  • 3D geological framework modelling (GSI3D). Development of Conceptual Site Models. Interpretation of geotechnical data.

Research interests

  • Engineering Geology (Quaternary and bedrock products, properties, processes and uncertainty for applied engineering purposes).
  • Geothermal Energy (particularly Ground Source Heat Pumps and use of Shallow Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage for heat networks.
  • Landslide Hazard and Risk: Susceptibility mapping, monitoring and Risk Assessment.
  • Natural Geohazards: Landslide recognition, investigation, dating, hazard and risk assessment.
  • Urban Geology (Subsurface planning and applied mapping solutions)
  • Conceptual modelling of the ground: 2D/3D geological and engineering geological mapping and modelling for hazard assessment and risk reduction
  • Engineering Seismology: Affect of shallow geology on ground motion amplification. Microzonation studies
  • Science Communication and outreach


  •  2016 –2016 : Construction Excellence Wales (Invited Speaker) - Potential for groundwater heating in Cardiff 23 June 2016, Cardiff.
  •  2015 : Invited Lecture: Midland Geotechnical Society. 3D Geological Models for Geotechnical Engineering. 5th October 2015, Birmingham University.
  •  2015 : Invited Lecture: Plymouth University Earth Science Research Seminar. 11 February 2015. 'Does shallow geology affect earthquake hazard in the UK?' Plymouth University, UK.
  •  2015 : Invited Lecture; South Wales Geological Association. 28 Febuary 2015. 'Landsldies: A Climate Proxy?'. Swansea University.
  •  2012 : Invited Lecture: Open University Geological Society (OUGS) 2012 - The Christchurch Earthquake, Suffolk
  •  2012 : Invited lectures: NERC Spring School Cambridge University March 2011
  •  2010 –2010 : Finalist Geol Soc Engineering Group Glossop Award 2010
  • – ongoing STEM Ambassador


  • GSI3D, ESRI ARC GIS, RiProfile, RiScanPro, Dips, SlopeW, SplitFX, GeoVisionary, Galena, GeoMotions, SHAKE2000, MS Office, Grilla, Surfer, Oasis Montaj

Published outputs

  • NERC Open Research Archive — David Boon
  • H. Jordan, D. Boon, C. Dashwood, T. Dijkstra, K. Freeborough, P. Hobbs, G. Jenkins, K. Lee, C. Pennington & H. Reeves. 2015. Landslide mapping for susceptibility & hazard assessment: N. York Moors, UK. International Landslides Symposium 2015 (Under Review)
  • Luke Bateson, Francesca Cigna, David Boon, Andrew Sowter. 2015. The application of the Intermittent SBAS (ISBAS) InSAR methodto the South Wales Coalfield, UK. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation. 32, 249-257. Elsevier.
  • Patton et al., 2015. Shallow Groundwater Temperatures and the Urban Heat Island Effect: the First U.K City-wide Geothermal Map to Support Development of Ground Source Heating Systems Strategy. Abstract and Poster Session ERE3.5, EGU Confernece 2015. EGU2015-3488. Vienna, Austria.
  • Bateson, L, Cigna, F, Sowter, A, & Boon, D. 2013. The application of the ISBAS InSAR method to the South Wales Coalfield. Joint Int. Symp. on Deformation Monitoring, Nottingham, UK, pp1-7
  • Wilkinson S, Grant D, Williams E, Paganoni S, Fraser D, Boon D, Mason A, Free M. 2013. Observations and implications of damage from the magnitude Mw6.3 Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake of 22 Febuary 2001. Bull Earthquake Eng v11 p107-140
  • Munnecke, Axel, Cramer, Bradley D, Boon, David P, Kharwat, Ranyah, Aiken, Carlos L, Schofield, David I. 2012. The Digital Integrated Stratigraphy Project (DISP).Bulletin of Geosciences, 87 (4). 705-712. 10.3140/bull.geosci.1318
  • Van Dissen, R, Little, T, Barnes, P, Semmens, S, Boon, D, Johnston, D, Dellow, G, Fry, B, McVerry, G, Rhoades, D. In press. Better defining earthquake risk in Wellington, New Zealand: the first five years of the It’s Our Fault programme. Abstract presented at XXV General Assembly, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), Melbourne, Australia, 28 June - 7 July, 2011
  • Simon J. Price, Helen F. Burke, Ricky L. Terrington, Helen Reeves, David Boon & Andreas J. Scheib. The 3D characterisation of the zone of human interaction and the sustainable use of underground space in urban and peri-urban environments: case studies from the UK. Z. dt. Ges. Geowiss., 161/2, p. 219–235, 10 figs., 3 tabs. Stuttgart, June 2010
  • Venus J, Aspden J A, Boon D, Davies J, Foster C, Schofield, Foster A Waters R A. 2009. Applied thematic mapping in the Lampeter area. In: Basset M G, Boulton H and Nichol D (eds). Urban Geology in Wales: 3. National Museum of Wales Geological Series No.26, Cardiff
  • Scheib, Andreas; Arkley, Sarah; Auton, Clive; Boon, David; Everest, Jeremy; Kuras, Oliver; Pearson, Stephen Graham; Raines, Michael; Williams, John. 2008 Multidisciplinary characterisation and modelling of a small upland catchment in Scotland.Questiones Geographicae, 27A (2). 45-62.
  • Woods, Mark; Barron, Mark; Hobbs, Peter; Boon, David. 2007 Rock, Rail and Roade - uncovering a geological treasure.Geology Today, 23 (6). 227- 230. 10.1111/j.1365-2451.2007.00640.x

Key papers

Boon, D., Farr, Gareth., Patton, A., Kendall, R., James, L., Abesser, C., Busby, J., Schofield, D., White, D., Gooddy, D., James, D., Williams, B., Tucker , D., Knowles, S., Harcombe, G. 2016. The contribution of geology and groundwater studies to city-scale ground heat network strategies: A case study from Cardiff, UK. (Conference Abstract)EGU 2016, Vienna, April 2016.

Boon, D P, Chambers, J E, Hobbs, P R N, Kirkham, M, Merritt, A J, Dashwood, C, Pennington, C, Wilby, P R. 2015. A combined geomorphological and geophysical approach to characterising relict landslide hazard on the Jurassic Escarpments of Great Britain. Geomorphology 248 p296-310.

Boon, David, Sargeant, Susanne, Mike Raines, Dashwood, Ben, Morgan, David, Gunn David. 2015. Assessing the impact of local geology on ground motion amplification in south east England. SECED2015 conference: Earthquake Risk and Engineering towards a Resilient World 9-10 July 2015, Cambridge UK (peer reviewed)

Boon, David, P, Chambers, Jonathan, E, Wilby, Philip R, Grebby, Stephen. 2015. Characterising landslide processes using a combined remote sensing and geophysical surveying approach: examples from north east England, UK. Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol 17, EGU2015-1763, 2015 EGU General Assembly 2015.

Boon, D.; Kirkham, M.; Scheib, A.. 2014 Physical properties of till deposits from Anglesey, north west Wales. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 68pp. (OR/14/052) (Unpublished)

Boon, David, & Patton, Ashley. 2014. The stakeholder-led approach to setting future urban geoscience research priorities: Experience from Wales, UK. Conference Abstract & Oral, Geological Society Of America 2014, Vancouver.

Boon, David, Dellow, Grant, Perrin, Nick Rattenbury, Mark, Van Dissen, Russ. 2013. Advancement of 3D modelling methodologies for seismic hazard: a study of potential site effects in the Lower Hutt Basin, New Zealand. EGU2013 Conference Abstract and Oral. Europian Geosciences Union 2013, Vienna, Austria.

Boon, D. et al. 2011. NZS1170.5:2004 Site Subsoil Classification of Lower Hutt. Proceedings of the Ninth Pacific Conference on Earthquake Engineering: Building an Earthquake-Resilient Society, 14-16 April, 2011, Auckland, New Zealand.