Founded in 1835, the British Geological Survey (BGS) is the world's oldest national geological survey and the United Kingdom's premier centre for earth science information and expertise. The BGS provides expert services and impartial advice in all areas of geoscience. Our client base is drawn from the public and private sectors both in the UK and internationally.
The British Geological Survey is a part of the Natural Environment Research Council and is its principal supplier of national capability in geoscience. We advance the understanding of the structure, properties and processes of the solid Earth system through interdisciplinary surveys, monitoring and research for the benefit of society. We are the UK's premier provider of objective and authoritative geoscientific data, information and knowledge for wealth creation, sustainable use of natural resources, reducing risk and living with the impacts of environmental change.
We are a world-leading geoscience centre for:
• survey and monitoring
• modelling and research
• data and knowledge
BGS’s mapping work focuses on 3D models, which help us visualise the ground beneath our feet. Modelling the Earth's subsurface can help us understand the relationship between geology and our environment. The BGS is developing a national geological model of the UK's subsurface to give decision makers greater clarity in planning for the future. We have worked with organisations such as the Environment Agency, utilities companies and local authorities to create off-the-shelf and custom-developed 3D models of Britain's subsurface geology at various resolutions and in a range of formats. The BGS uses a range of methods and software to build and develop geological models such as our in-house developed GSI3D, as well as commercial applications such as Gocad and Petrel.