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Dig to Share

Background and Aims

50% of construction project delays are reported to be caused by not understanding the ground conditions. A large proportion of the data generated by the UK Ground Engineering industry is ‘single use’, i.e. used only in relation to the project that the investigation was commissioned for, and not re-used for any adjacent or subsequent projects. In addition, a significant proportion of data acquired is missing from the British Geological Survey (BGS) database, and current practice is unlikely to improve this situation. Our Team consisting of Atkins, British Geological Survey and Morgan Sindall are aiming to solve this problem. Our project aims are to:

  • develop a fully digital workflow, which is accessible to the whole industry, to upload and access data from the BGS web-based system. This will be a development on top of the existing system hosted and maintained by BGS.
  • Identify blockers across the supply chain which are contributing to the current situation, identify solutions, and implement those solutions where feasible within the scope, timescale and budget.
  • release an additional 10,000 borehole records in AGS format via the BGS web-based system.
  • develop a community to support and expand the use of open data and promote the associated workflows via news articles, industry events and i3P/KTN.

We have been shortlisted at this years Ground Engineering Awards for Geotechnical Team of the Year!


Project Team:

Sophie Payne, Adam Dargan, Simon Miles, Alison Graham, Martin Geach (Atkins)

Holger Kessler, Stephen Thorpe, Alison Fernie, Sue Roper (BGS)

Chris Holt (Morgan Sindall)

For any queries please email the project team at:



Behaviours Study

From the behaviours study we interviewed over 25 people from across the industry.  Some of the insights gained are in the attached file:

148 Interesting things


Project updates

For our project update to i3P in March 2019, please see the presentation below:

Dig to Share update_i3P 20190307

Dig to Share Update i3P article October 2019


On 17th December 2020, Dig To Share WON the Industry Excellence Award at the British Drilling Association Awards! It has been a great way to end a busy year for the team who have spent a lot of their own time working hard to drive forward discussions around sharing ground investigation data, setting up data sharing agreements and also putting together the recent community science initiative the “Big Borehole Dig”.

On 25th November 2019, Dig To Share was Highly Commended at the Keynetix Geotechnical Data Management Awards in the Data Collaboration category for the hard work Atkins, BGS and Morgan Sindall are doing towards sharing geotechnical data. Thanks to all our team and our Super Users!


For the latest project updates, have a read of our newsletters:


D2S Newsletter May 2019



D2S_Newsletter_SUMMER_2020 Final



Launch of the Community Science Initiative – Big Borehole Dig (Oct 2020)

On 9th October 2020, BGS and the Dig-To-Share Project have launched the Big Borehole Dig – a citizen science initiative to help improve the availability and accessibility of borehole data for all, and we’re looking for anyone with an interest in boreholes or geology to get involved.

For more information go to: https://www.bgs.ac.uk/news/join-our-big-borehole-dig/



Recordings of Dig To Share webinars are available here along with the slides from the presentations:

Dig To Share Webinar – Uploading and downloading BGS data – Powerpoint Slides (15/11/19)

How to get involved:

To get involved and to receive the latest project updates, newsletters and Super User Welcome Pack, please sign-up as a Super-User here and/or get in touch with the team:

Super-User sign-up for Dig to Share

Super User Welcome Pack

Our Super User Welcome Pack has now been released, find out how you can get involved and promote the objectives of Dig to Share within your company:

SU Welcome Pack


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2 Responses to “Dig to Share”

  1. Hi Jack,
    Thanks for your comment and interest in this project.
    Sophie Payne (Sophie.Payne@atkinsglobal.com),Sarah Holmes (Sarah.Holmes@atkinsglobal.com) and Holger Kessler (hke@bgs.ac.ukare) the project leads- please feel free to contact them directly (if they haven’t responded already!)

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