Technology for hazard reduction

The BGS is at the forefront of the development and exploitation of emerging technologies in geohazard research.

New analytical techniques and equipment are always being tested to improve the performance, efficiency and safety of all of our research activities. In the laboratory, we are currently developing equipment that gives more information whilst being more efficient and safer to operate. We are developing new hardware and software to enhance the data retrieved by equipment operated in the field, from aeroplanes or satellites.

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Our current research

Infrared measurement of soils Infrared measurement of soils

The BGS is evaluating the use of infrared spectroscopy to examine the microscopic structure of different rocks and soils and to determine their engineering properties.

Terrestrial laser scanning Terrestrial laser scanning

The BGS has pioneered the use of terrestrial laser scanning for the monitoring of active earth processes.

Laser measurement of soil shrinkage Laser measurement of soil shrinkage

The BGS is involved in a wide ranging research project to determine the 'shrink-swell' properties of clay rocks.