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Data set name

Marine geotechnical data from the UK continental shelf (1975-)

Data holding centreBritish Geological Survey, Edinburgh
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodFrom 1975 onwards
OngoingYes
Geographical area

UK continental shelf and adjacent slopes

Observations 
Parameters

Geotechnics; Geological sample density

Instruments

Penetrometers; unconsolidated sediment corers; observers

Description 
Summary

The data consist of the results of geotechnical testing carried out at various depth intervals on shallow cores or boreholes collected and tested by BGS. The bulk of the data north of 56N are in digital form and result from testing carried out on board survey vessels using hand-held test equipment (penetrometers and shear vanes). These values are averaged for each test interval, and are expressed in kiloPascals. There are approximately 6000 test results in the data set. Some more detailed test information, in non-digital and report form is held for selected sites. Also for most sites where digital data is not available, geological descriptions of core material will also contains semi-quantitative information on the stiffness of the material. Geotechnical knowledge is required to understand and interpret the results if they are to be used as a basis for engineering studies.

OriginatorsBritish Geological Survey, Edinburgh
References

Fannin, NGT. (1989) Offshore Investigations 1966-87. British Geological Survey Technical Report WB/89/2, British Geological Survey

Availability 
OrganisationBritish Geological Survey, Edinburgh
AvailabilityDistribution cost charge; unrestricted
ContactBGS Enquiries
Address

British Geological Survey, Edinburgh
Murchison House
Edinburgh
Midlothian
EH9 3LA
United Kingdom

Emailenquiries@bgs.ac.uk
Administration 
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1047002
Global identifier633
Last revised2010-12-18