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Title BRO : establishment of a national register and database for subsurface data in the Netherlands : lessons learnt : British Geological Survey report OR/15/014
Ref no OR/15/014
Author Bonsor, H.
Year of publication 2014
Abstract The establishment of national register for all subsurface data (BRO) within the Netherlands by TNO is a hugely significant body of work andforms a benchmark case study to the COSTsubsurface action in data management and use. Increased standardisation of subsurface data is required in nearly all COST cities and countries to increase the accessibility and re-use of subsurface data, and to maximise the collective potential value and past investment in these data. The urban subsurface is being increasingly utilised for infrastructure as well as energy and water abstraction, and there is growing recognition of the need for urban planning to be three-dimensional with guidelines for the subsurface. In tandem with this, uncertainty in ground conditions due to limited accessibility of ground information, remains one of the biggest sources of project overspends to the construction industry and overly conservative design in many countries. Poor data accessibility is also a significant constraint to development of 3D subsurface models to improve site investigation design and inform urban development. This STSM will allow knowledge exchange between key personnel in BGS and TNO to evaluate the key lessons learnt from the implementation of BRO, and their applicability to other countries to achieve increased standardisation of data and better data capture. The discussions and lessons learnt from implementing BRO in the Netherlands are directly relevant to the current GSPEC pilot by the BGS in the UK to try and enforce submission of all subsurface data to a national BGS data repository, using a standardised digital data formatting format, to improve subsurface data accessibility and re-use in the UK. The STSM outputs will also be of immediate benefit to the Working Group 2 sub-group reviewing and identifying best practice in subsurface data management across Europe, but the evaluations and outputs of the STSM are highly relevant to the wider COST SUBURBAN Action as a whole.
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