Accessing subsurface knowledge – ASK Network

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The ASK Network is being developed by BGS and Glasgow City Council (GCC), with support from other partners in the public and private sectors.

Join the ASK Network to help develop and exchange data sets and methods about the ground beneath Glasgow and beyond.

The ASK Network – or Accessing Subsurface Knowledge – was launched in November 2012 and now has ten private sector, six public sector and two academic members.


Diarmad CampbellAGI Scotland: Future Cities – Glasgow, 18 March 2014 pdf

Diarmad Campbell, BGS Chief Geologist Scotland, gave a presentation on the ASK Network at this conference in Glasgow City Chambers

3D DataASK Network Workshop 2014

Update on the March 2014 ASK Network workshop meeting, with quotes from speakers on the day alongside with some of the presentations given.

new!Extended coverage datasets now available

March 2014. See the map of the new extent of superficial deposits and bedrock coverage 1.98 MB pdf

new!Virtual borehole and section viewer

Members can log in to the extranet site and ask to view the Glasgow subsurface models over the virtual borehole and section viewer

So what is the ASK Network?

ASK is a new data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors developed by BGS and Glasgow City Council.

Knowledge of the subsurface is key to delivering successful construction and regeneration projects. Poor understanding of ground conditions is widely recognised as the largest single cause of project delay as well as overspending – see ground rules in New Civil Engineer.

Learn more about the aims of the network, better use and re-use of data and 3D urban subsurface models.

3D subsurface models available to ASK Network members

Current members of the ASK Network partnership can access superficial deposits and bedrock 3D subsurface models of the central Glasgow area at no charge.

3D urban subsurface models

3D EA model

BGS has been at the forefront of developing 3D urban subsurface models in recent years to help improve understanding of subsurface conditions and view the subsurface in its regional and local spatial context.

3D models are heavily dependent on high quality ground investigation data and can readily be used to promote more cost effective and better informed future site investigations.

With better re-use of subsurface data and knowledge, we are keen to extend these model capabilities and increase the models relevance to practical issues, and support a wide range of decision-making in the public and private sectors.


Join the network by signing the ASK innovation agreement 70 KB pdf.

Download ASK Network presentation given to Scottish Water in August 2013 8 MB pdf

Contact Hugh Barron for further information about the ASK Network.