BGS GeoSure shrink–swell 3D for London and Thames Valley

BGS Datasets

Key information

1:50 000
London and Thames Valley
GIS vector grid (ESRI, other formats available on request)

On application; subject to number of users, licence fee and data preparation fee.

Local-level use

Get Data

Free access

Our free data is available under the Open Government Licence. Please acknowledge reproduced BGS materials.

Sample data
Supporting documents

The shrink–swell 3D data is a regional hazard-susceptibility map that identifies areas of potential shrink–swell hazard in 3D at intervals down to 20 m in the London and Thames Valley area. The data is classified on an A–E range of hazard susceptibility.

Swelling clays can change volume due to variation in moisture, which can cause ground movement that may affect many foundations. Ground moisture variations may be related to a number of factors, including weather variations, vegetation effects (particularly growth or removal of trees) and the activities of people that might cause changes to the ground conditions. Such changes can affect building foundations, pipes or services.

These hazards may also affect anyone involved in the construction of large structures (deep foundations; basements), infrastructure networks (road or rail) or utility companies. The 3D properties of these materials can be used to identify potential problems at surface, in the shallow subsurface or deeper underground (e.g. tunnels).

The data has been produced by geologists, geotechnical specialists and information developers at the BGS and are derived from the London geological model.

BGS GeoSure: shrink–swell 3D for London is part of the BGS GeoSure range of natural subsidence products.

You may also be interested in

BGS Geology 250k sample


We have a wide range of licensed geoscience data. The datasets range from the geological data family (BGS Geology) to offshore data, ground stability datasets and 3D models.

Show more
GeoSure subsurface

BGS GeoSure: shrink–swell subsurface

This is a single data layer that identifies areas of potential shrink–swell hazard that are underneath another solid formation and therefore hidden from the surface.

Show more

Was this page helpful?

  • How can we make this section better?*

  • Please select a reason*

  • How can we make this section better?*