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The importance of accurate coastal erosion data

Groundsure GeoRisk reports utilise and visualise the latest National Coastal Erosion Risk Mapping (NCERM) from the Environment Agency and National Resources Wales to show exactly which areas will be at risk in both the scenario where local coastal defences are funded and maintained and additionally if defences were not present, or unfunded and abandoned (a...

Shrink swell subsidence – new dataset to help plan and prevent future risks

Shrink swell subsidence is by far the largest cause of natural subsidence insurance claims in the UK. Hot summers can see a surge in claims, with 10,000 claims for £64m recorded in the summer of 20181. Given that most policies have an excess of around £1,000 for subsidence claims, the expense and inconvenience involved in...

How is 3D Imagery used by the experts at Mining Searches UK

Mining Searches UK are the leading specialist in mining site investigation and reporting. We are continually innovating to ensure we can provide the most robust assessment for our clients. On a recent site, Gwallon Keas (200 house development) for Devonshire Homes, we have been using innovative 3D CAD plans for our site assessment. Take up...

The coal mining legacy lives on

The story starts around  360 million years ago in the Carboniferous period when dead plant matter in former wetlands, now known also as coal forests, decayed, accumulating enormous deposits of peat, which over time,  changed to coal.  Fast forward to 12,000 years ago and we see the earliest evidence of coal extraction, but it wasn’t...

New copper deposit found in Cornwall

There are a number of potential new mining prospects appearing in Cornwall,  which is reminiscent of the early prospecting days which created a lot of Cornwall’s wealth. Centuries later this mining legacy became the focus of the mining risk assessment businesses we see today (as well as forming the backdrop for enthralling storylines in popular...

Why is reviewing the operational environmental risk of a site essential?

What is an operational environmental risk? An operational environmental risk is a potential threat of adverse effects on living organisms and the environment by effluents, emissions, wastes and resource depletion arising out of an organisation’s activities1,2 resulting from inadequate or failed environmental procedures, systems or policies associated with the current land use of a site....

Petrol Filling Stations – Contamination impacts and potential risks

We often see former Petrol Filling Stations (PFSs) as the subject of our environmental searches in our day to day work stream. This is unsurprising when most contaminated land issues are the result of historic land uses. A 20121 report from The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) identified the steep fall from 37,500...