A Short History of Engineering Geology and Geophysics at the British Geological Survey

  • M. G. Culshaw
  • K. J. Northmore
  • D. M. McCann
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Engineering geology in the British Geological Survey (BGS) began, in a formal sense, with the creation of the Engineering Geology Unit in 1967. Virtually since its inception, despite changing research priorities and economic drivers, the survey and research work carried out by BGS engineering geologists can be conveniently divided into four broad research areas: engineering geological mapping and urban geoscience, geotechnical properties of soils and rocks, engineering geophysics and geohazards. Since the late 1960s engineering geologists have undertaken innovative research initiatives and continue to play an important role in ensuring the delivery of BGS research.


History of engineering geology British geological survey 



This paper is published with the permission of the Executive Director of the British Geological Survey (NERC). The comments of Stuart Duncan are gratefully acknowledged.


  1. Information, in the form of BGS maps, reports and external publications, is available for all the project studies referred to in this paper through the BGS library, the NERC Open Research Archive (NORA— and the BGS website (
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. G. Culshaw
    • 1
    • 2
  • K. J. Northmore
    • 3
  • D. M. McCann
    • 3
  1. 1.British Geological SurveyNottinghamUK
  2. 2.School of Civil EngineeringUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK
  3. 3.Formerly British Geological SurveyNottinghamUK

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