Borehole records

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The BGS’s borehole record viewer offers free, direct, online access to the National Geoscience Data Centre’s (NGDC) collection of over a million onshore scanned boreholes, shafts and well records.

Scanned borehole record.
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Scanned borehole record. BGS © UKRI.

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What is a borehole record?

Boreholes range from one to several thousand metres deep. Borehole records are produced from a geologist’s or surveyor’s observations of the rock core extracted from the ground and typically include locality and lithological descriptions with depth and thickness. Geophysical logs may also be noted from on-site measurements.

National well archive

Searching BGS borehole records also gives you access to the the National Well Record Collection. It contains more than 130 000 classified records of wells, boreholes and springs within England and Wales; a unique database of hydrogeological information.

On-site measurements that may be noted are:

  • water level measurements
  • geochemistry data

GeoIndex

Borehole record scans can also be obtained via GeoIndex, our map-based index that allows users to search for information about BGS data collections.

Terms and conditions

  1. The ownership and copyright of the borehole scans (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Records’) will at all times be retained by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and/or the commissioning authority under whose auspices the relevant work was carried out.
  2. The Records are supplied on a non-exclusive basis, for use by you/your organisation. The Records may only be used for:
    • personal/private use
    • academic activities
    • internal business purposes
    • commercially, in reports
  3. Extracts of materials derived from the Records may be reproduced in analogue (paper/hardcopy) and/or in any non-queryable electronic format (e.g. within an appropriately secured .PDF document) in connection with the activities described at 2 above.
  4. Subject to any prior written arrangements with British Geological Survey (hereinafter referred to as ‘BGS’), no part of any of the Records may be traded, sold or in any other way supplied/made available to any third party as part of any commercial (fee-bearing) record provision or information service.
  5. The following acknowledgement should accompany material derived from the Records under 3 above: ‘Based upon records provided by British Geological Survey (UKRI).’
  6. The Records are provided ‘as-is’ on the understanding that they has been created using data capture standards and methodologies considered appropriate at the time of their creation. The Records have not been subjected to current BGS standards of scrutiny and approval.
  7. The BGS gives no warranty as to the quality or accuracy of the Records or the medium on which they are provided or their suitability for any use. All implied conditions relating to the quality or suitability of the Records and the medium, and all liabilities arising from the supply or use of the Records and for any reliance on results arising out of use of the Records (including any liability arising in negligence), are excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law. You are expected to operate suitable anti-virus software before accessing the Records on your computer system. You are responsible for ensuring that the form of the Records is compatible with your computer system and/or with any other data with which the Records are to be used.
  8. The BGS gives no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the Records in the form in which they are cached or downloaded to your computer, as this may be affected by on-line conditions over which the BGS has no control, nor any warranty with regard to the continued provision of the Records.

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