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...

Urban Mining: dispelling the myths

Urban mining, is it a myth or reality? Whilst mining and extraction, in its various forms, has been carried out in every county in the UK, it is a popular misconception that the legacy of mining does not affect urban areas and that where the built environment has been present for decades that there are...

Groundsure mining reports now delve even deeper

Since March 2020 an interpretive assessment of mine entries is included as standard in the Groundsure CON29M Official Coal Mining Search, for no extra charge. This enhancement removes the need for a costly follow-up report and potential delay to a transaction. Read on for some background to the development – and the odd mining pun,...

No longer the bridesmaid.

A bit of history to start off with… Groundsure has served data products to the environmental consultancy and assessment industry for around 14 years. However, Groundsure as a business has existed for quite a bit longer – ever since we began delivering environmental searches in 2001 and subsequently acquired our unmatched collection of historical Ordnance...

A day with the British Geological Survey

This year I was lucky enough to book myself in with a visit to the British Geological Survey (BGS) for my Customer Day. Going in I hadn’t heard much about BGS beyond the data they supplied to Groundsure, but this was soon to change. Our first stop was the main reception where we met Gerry,...