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Single Onshore Borehole Index
Entry ID: BGS_Dataset_Ref.Nos.2_645_749

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Abstract: The Single Onshore Borehole Index (SOBI) is an index of over 1 million records of boreholes, shafts and wells from all forms of drilling and site investigation work held by the BGS. The collection covers onshore and near shore boreholes from Great Britain dating back to at least 1790 and ranging from one to several thousand metres deep. Some 50,000 new records are added each year. The majority of the records contain written descriptions of the ground encountered. The SOBI index database originated in 1988 from a number of existing tables and from data input from a variety of coding forms. Therefore not all fields in the database are populated and data that should be in some fields may currently form part of the entries in another. The index is available on the BGS website via the Geoindex.
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Description: Records of boreholes, shafts and wells from all forms of drilling and site investigation work. Some 850,000 records dating back over 200 years and ranging from one to several thousand metres deep. Currently some 50,000 new records are being added to the collection each year. These will be included in GeoIndex each time it is updated.

A small percentage of the borehole records are held 'commercial-in-confidence' for various reasons, and cannot be released without the written permission of the originator. NGRC staff will release the data where this is possible or provide you with the information needed to contact the originator.

Please note that zero values for depth signify that the depth has not been databased or has not been made available.

There is a standard charge of £13 + VAT per borehole record.
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 60.84   S: 49.77   E: 2.0   W: -8.65

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Data Set Progress
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British Geological Survey, Natural Environment Research Council, United Kingdom Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:
Dataset ID: Single Onshore Borehole Index

Data Center Personnel
Phone: +44 (0)115 936 3143
Fax: 44 (0)115 936 3276
Email: enquiries at
Contact Address:
Kingsley Dunham Centre, Nicker Hill, Keyworth
City: Nottingham
Province or State: Nottinghamshire
Postal Code: NG12 5GG
Country: UK
Distribution Media: On-line
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2006-08-29
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-11-18
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