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This page gives information about the function of the GeoRecords website.

Using the introductory pages

The five links listed down the left hand side take you to pages giving information about the GeoRecords system. The links are :

  1. GeoRecords home page
    Contact details and borehole browser launch button
  2. Accessibility
    How accessible are the GeoRecords pages and browser?
  3. Terms and conditions
    Details of the terms and conditions applicable when placing a GeoRecords order.
  4. Help and hints
    Help using the Georecords website (this page).
  5. Privacy policy
    Details are given of how we deal with your personal data.
Using the borehole browser

The borehole browser window is split into four sections, a description of each section is given below.

GeoRecords borehole browser layout diagram.

  • Tools
    Icons in this section allow you to choose between the various tools.
  • Map
    Shows a large map with boreholes displayed as coloured crosses (once zoomed in far enough).
  • Overview
    Shows a small map of the UK with a rectangle showing the area covered by the large map.
  • Details
    Displays search forms and results, Gazeteer results and instructions as needed.

Tools section

The tools section is divided into five parts; Navigation, Identify, Scale, Legend and Links.

GeoRecords tools menu screenshot. Navigation and Identify
Each of the buttons in first two rows can either have a white or yellow background. A white background shows that the button is inactive. A yellow background shows which button is currently active. Only one button will be yellow/active at a time. When you use the mouse to click or drag the map, what happens depends upon which button is yellow/active when you interact with the map. See below for details of the function of each button.

Displays the scale of the current map. Type in a scale between 1:6 000 (one to six thousand) and 1:12 000 000 (one to twelve million) and then click 'Go' to zoom to the selected scale.

Shows the colour codes used to display the depths of each borehole on the map.

Buttons for the GeoRecords home, help and basket pages. See below for details of the function of each button.


Zoom in Zoom in
Click a point on the map to zoom in on that position. Click and drag a rectangle to zoom to the chosen area.
Zoom out Zoom out
Click a point on the map to zoom out from that position. Click and drag a rectangle to zoom out to the chosen area.
Pan Pan
Click and drag the map in any direction to pan.
Zoom out to UK Zoom out to UK
Zooms back out to show the whole of the UK.
Back to last map Back to last map
Takes you back to the last map you viewed.
Gazetteer Gazetteer
Search for a location using the Gazetteer tools. Clicking this icon will show the Gazetteer options in the 'Details' section below the 'Map'. These allow you to zoom in on a location by entering a UK placename, UK postcode, a BNG grid reference or map reference.

Identify Identify
Click a coloured cross on the map to get details of that borehole. The 'Map' will update and highlight the chosen borehole in yellow. The depth, name, location and other known details for the chosen borehole will appear in the 'Details' section below the 'Map'.
Select by rectangle Select by rectangle
Click and drag a rectangle on the map to get details of all the boreholes within the rectangle. The 'Map' will update and highlight the chosen boreholes in yellow. The depths, names, locations and other known details for the chosen boreholes will appear in the 'Details' section below the 'Map'.
Redisplay selected boreholes Redisplay selected boreholes
Redisplays the list of currently selected boreholes, and shows a map with the selected boreholes shown as yellow crosses. Use this button if you have used zoom or pan to change the map and can no longer see your chosen boreholes.
Clear selection Clear selection
Click this icon to clear your selected boreholes. The 'Map' will be refreshed to remove any boreholes with yellow highlights, and the 'Details' section will be cleared.
Refresh map Refresh map
Click this icon to redraw the current map.
Open results in new window Open results in new window
Click this icon to view the current contents of the 'Details' section in a new, larger browser window. You must have pop-ups enabled to use this feature.

Close the browser and go to the GeoRecords home page. Go home
Click this icon to close the GIS borehole browser, and return to the GeoRecords home page.
Go to the GeoRecords help page. View help
Click this icon to open this help page in a seperate window, you will not lose your place in the GIS borehole browser, it is simply moved behind the help window.
View basket View basket
Click this icon to open the GeoRecords basket containing all your chosen boreholes.

Map section

The 'Map' section displays a map showing Ordnance Survey topography (the scale varies as you zoom in and out) with coloured crosses indicating the location of each borehole. The borehole crosses will only appear once you have zoomed in far enough as there are over 1,300,000 boreholes available making it impossible to show them all at once on the screen.

Overview section

The 'Overview' section displays a small map of the UK, with a rectangle drawn on it showing the area covered by the 'Map' to help you locate yourself when the 'Map' is zoomed in.

Details section

The 'Details' section is used to show all non-map data that you request. This includes details of your selected boreholes and the forms used to interact with the Gazetteer. It will also display any help or error messages.

Purchasing boreholes

To purchase boreholes you must first use the navigation tools to find the boreholes you are interested in on the 'Map'.
You then need to use the 'identify' or 'select by rectangle' tools to highlight the boreholes on the 'Map' which will display the depths, names and locations of your selected boreholes in the 'Details' section.
Each borehole listed in the 'Details' section has a checkbox at the start of the row, check the boreholes you wish to purchase and click the 'add to basket' icon. This will add the checked boreholes to your basket, and open the basket for you to view and/or edit.
Only one of each borehole can be added to the basket, if you try to add a borehole that is already in your basket it will be ignored.
Once you have populated your basket, click the 'Order Form' button to place your order.

Quid Pro Quo

If you would like to enter into a Quid Pro Quo agreement with BGS, please contact the QPQ co-ordinator for more details.

Confidential boreholes

A small percentage of the boreholes we hold are confidential. We can display the location and name of these boreholes, but all access to detailed data must be approved by the owner of the records. There is a separate Confidential Record Request form that must be completed to allow us to check whether the owner will allow the release of the boreholes. Some are confidential for commercial reasons (e.g. mineral and oil explorations) and others because they are located in sensitive areas (e.g. military sites). As we are not allowed to show the depths of these boreholes, they will be listed with depth 'C'.

Further help

Use these links to get full details of :

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