Mr David Boon

Mr David Boon
Deputy Head of Station, BGS Cardiff & Engineering Geologist

Location: Cardiff

Tel: +44 (0)29 2052 029 2052 1962

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  •  2013 – ongoing : Deputy Head: BGS Wales
  •  2009 –2010 : Engineering Geologist: GNS Science, New Zealand. It's Our Fault Project.
  •  2005 –2012 : Engineering Geologist: British Geological Survey, Nottingham
  •  2004 –2005 : MSc, Engineering Geology, Leeds University,
  •  2002 –2003 : Scientific Officer, Royal Air Force, Land Quality Assessment Team
  •  2000 –2004 : BSc (1st class Hons), Leeds University, Environmental Geology

Boards and committees

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


  • Engineering geological and geomorphic mapping
  • Project Management
  • Site Investigation design, logging and materials testing to BS5930 & Eurocode 7
  • Terrestrial LiDAR scanning & GPS for ground deformatin mapping and rock mass characterisation
  • Seismic Site Response Analysis (SHAKE)
  • 3D geological framework modelling (GSI3D). Development of Conceptual Site Models. Interpretation of geotechnical data.

Professional association

  •  2005 –2012 : FGS - Fellow of the Geological Society of London
  •  2006 : Member of International Association of Engineering Geology (IAEG)
  • Member of UK Earthquake Field Investigation Team (EEFIT):Christchurch Earthquake Mission, March 2011.
  • Invited lectures: NERC Spring School Cambridge University March 2011; OUGS 2012; Geol Soc;

Research interests

  • Natural Geohazards: Landslide recognition, investigation, dating, hazard and risk assessment.
  • 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
  • Communicating science to the public: Education, knowledge exchange, outreach. Science and Engineering Ambassador.


  • GSI3D, ESRI ARC, RiProfile, RiScanPro, Dips, SlopeW, Galena, GeoMotions SHAKE2000, MS Office, GeoVisionary, Grilla


  •  2010 : Finalist Geol Soc Engineering Group Glossop Award 2010
  • – ongoing STEM Ambassador

Current projects and collaboration

  •  2011 : Project Leader - Ground Motion Amplification in the London Basin
  •  2010 –2013 : Shallow geohazards and risk: Landslide Hazard Assessment of the Cleveland Baisn, UK
  •  2008 –2012 : Project Leader: Geophysical Properties and Processes - Tills Collaborators: Lancaster University

Published outputs

  • NERC Open Research Archive — David Boon
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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. et al. 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

Boon. D., Reeves. H., Hobbs.P. The applicability of terrestrial laser scanning for rock mass characterisation and slope stability assessments of abandoned quarry slopes in the UK. Abstract and poster presentation accepted for Slope Stability 2011 - International Symposium on Rock Slope Stability in Open Pit Mining and Civil Engineering, Vancouver, Canada, September 18-21, 2011