What we can do for you

BGS Informatics has the experience and expertise to help you make the most of your data assets.

Digital data capture

SIGMA in the field
SIGMA in the field

BGS·SIGMA is our digital data-capture system designed and developed by our in-house team of developers. We can build on this system or develop entirely new systems that will enable you to capture the data your organisation need.

BGS developers can design, develop and integrate new data entry modules into BGS·SIGMA, specific to your organisation's requirements. Current modules include:

  • geological line and polygon capture
  • recording of structural measurements, superficial and manmade landforms, photos, sketches, comments, and samples
  • data export and reporting tools

Our digital data-solutions experts can also assist in integrating BGS·SIGMA into your existing digital workflow, or help you design a new workflow. We can advise on modifying the system to utilise dictionaries and symbology specific to your organisation or country.

We can help your engagement with the public through development of citizen science apps, enabling the public to engage and contribute to your work or science.

Data storage

The BGS has been providing systems for the storage and management of digital data for over 20 years. We have expertise that enables us to:

  • design, develop and implement bespoke data-storage solutions specific to client requirements
  • implement our ready-made data model for use throughout a wide range of data themes, which can be modified to customer requirements
  • implement solutions in a range of commercial and open-source database systems, for example Oracle, PostgreSQL, MySQL
  • provide expert advice on dealing with legacy data

Data delivery


Our in-house team of developers have over 20 years' experience in developing spatial data-delivery systems on mobile, web and desktop platforms. We can help you:

  • design and develop custom, interactive web-map viewers and mobile apps specific to your organisation's needs
  • create bespoke web services — our experience in delivering our own data ensures we have the right techniques to provide advice on, and develop services for, delivering all types of spatial data
  • use responsive design techniques ensuring optimal display on desktop, tablet and mobile devices
  • deliver 3D spatial data with tools such as our Groundhog suite of products for web and desktop, developed by the BGS to visualise boreholes, cross-sections and sub-surface maps

Digital workflow

The BGS provides specialist services in the development of digital workflows for data capture, storage, manipulation, delivery and visualisation. Our clients include research institutes, UK and international governments, geological surveys across the world, the hydrocarbons sector, mining companies and heritage management bodies. Based on a set of modular, reusable tools and our 25 years of experience as a global leader in geoinformatics, the BGS can provide bespoke digital workflow solutions tailored to individual customers.

Training and knowledge exchange

Digital workflow

We provide consultancy, training and knowledge exchange in:

  • digital-workflow solutions
  • data management
  • standards-based data delivery (OGC WMS/WFS/WCS)
  • GIS (ArcGIS, QGIS)
  • web GIS (ArcGIS Server, MapServer, GeoServer)
  • web development
  • mobile app development
  • data modelling and database design
  • relational Databases (MS Access, Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, and PostgreSQL)
  • Geovisionary 3D visualisation software
  • BGS custom-built software (BGSâ–ªSIGMA, Groundhog)


If you think we can help you or you would like more information about our services, please contact us.