Engineering geology

Simplified engineering geology viewer


We carry out an integrated programme of mapping, testing, monitoring and modelling to describe the physical properties of the UK landmass and how it behaves in a changing climate. This is a cornerstone in our work to help society cope with climate change and population growth.

Crucial to our research is ongoing work to improve the ways in which we communicate this important information to government, industry and the general public.

Our research

Geo-engineering properties and processes Geotechnical and geophysical properties and processes

Characterising UK rock and soil formations in terms of their lithological and engineering properties.

The Geophysical Tomography (GTom) Geophysical tomography

Leading-edge technology for non-invasive geoelectrical imaging of the shallow subsurface. Our ALERT technology permits complex earth systems and processes to be monitored remotely using permanent ‘in situ’ sensor networks and wireless telemetry.

Shallow geohazards and risks Shallow geohazards and risks

Landslides, National Landslide Database, flooding, ground shrinkage, caves and soluble rocks, National Karst Database, subsidence, hazard reduction technology.

Urban development Urban geoscience

3D characterisation of the ground beneath towns and cities and its interaction with utilities, infrastructure and people. 3D geological modelling of the shallow subsurface: artificial ground, infiltration for sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) and impacts of land use.

Activities and highlights

Co-seismic landslides Ecuador Co-seismic landslides Ecuador — April 2016

The BGS has played a leading role in building an inventory of landslides and advising on the associated hazards following the M7.8 Ecuador earthquake on 16th April 2016.

Nepal earthquake response Nepal earthquake response — April 2015

Following the M7.8 Gorkha earthquake in Nepal on 25th April 2015, the UK played a leading role building an inventory of landslides and advising on the associated hazards.


Contact Helen Reeves for more information.