At Terrafirma we partner with a select number of highly respected search and data providers to ensure that our reports contain the most relevant and accurate information and professional opinion. Below you will find more detailed information on each of these data providers which will give you a greater level of understanding and peace of mind on how we gather the information for each report as well as the source of the data.
Terrafirma Search Partners & Providers
Terrafirma Data Partners & Providers
British Geological Survey
Kingsley Dunham Centre
01159 363 143
The British Geological Survey is part of the Natural Environment Research Council and collects, processes and publishes geoscientific data for government, academic and commercial purposes, principally for the UK but also internationally. It advises the UK Government on geological processes and resources. They produce data on underlying geology, soil chemistry, geological resources, mines and mineral resources.
Our partnership with the BGS provides us with access to industry-standard and exclusive geological, extraction and planning datasets. We utilise 15 BGS datasets within our reports, all of which are interpreted by our expert team of geologists and mining engineers to translate the meaning behind the valuable information they contain.
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The Coal Authority (TCA) manages the effects of past coal mining, including subsidence damage claims which are not the responsibility of licensed coal mine operators. It also deals with mine water pollution and other mining legacy issues.
Terrafirma use official licensed TCA data within all our reports, including our interpreted Coal reports. Coal authority data is updated weekly and these updates are incorporated each week into our live database.
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Environment Agency (EA)
National Customer Contact Centre
PO Box 544
03708 506 506
The EA is an executive non-departmental public body that is sponsored by Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). It is responsible for protecting the environment through regulation of industry and waste, treatment of contaminated land, conservation and ecology, and management of water resources including water quality, inland water navigation, fisheries and flood risk. It produces data on flood risk, flood defences, water sources, and waste sites.
The functions of the EA, including the production of data, are fulfilled in Scotland by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and in Wales by Natural Resources Wales.
We utilise and interpret a huge range of environment agency datasets. These datasets range multiple disciplines and purpose and are both directly and indirectly valuable within hazard identification as well as interpretation.
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The Land Registry
1 Bedford Park
03000 060 411
The Land Registry is a non-ministerial government department that registers the ownership of land in England and Wales. It provides the owners with a land title, guaranteed by the Government, and provides record of ownership and interests affecting land. The Registry publishes a mix of open and paid for data derived from the Land Register.
08456 050 505
Ordnance Survey is the UK national mapping agency who have been responsible for producing official maps of the UK for over 170 years. While it originally produced paper maps, and still do, the majority of its work is the production of digital mapping data that underpins both private and public sector work around location, including the creation of new datasets. This is where Terrafirma source our background mapping.
Our partnership with The Ordnance Survey sees us use OS data and mapping within all Terrafirma reports. We work closely with the OS on data projects to identify the links to ground hazards and most recently we conducted a project that led to the addition of over 200,000 data points to our internal database. For further information on this project read our blog at: https://www.terrafirmasearch.co.uk/latest-news/2018/2/8/digging-deeper-into-ordnance-survey-data
The OGL is a set of terms and conditions on the re-use of certain public sector data. Data that is available under OGL is free to use, including commercially, as long as it adheres to the terms of the Licence. The OGL is intended to be simple and to encourage the use of the data to which it applies. The expertise of our specialists helps Terrafirma to utilise this data in the most effective manner, extracting relevant information from it and bringing this to our customers.
A copy of the current OGL is available from The National Archives: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/3/
1 Waterhouse Square
138 - 142 Holborn
03703 330 607
01316 688 600
Unit 5/7 Cefn Coed
01443 336 000
These three authorities protect the historic environment of England, Scotland and Wales respectively and are responsible for listing or scheduling sites that are historically important. Each of them publishes data on Listed Buildings, Protected Parks and Gardens, and Scheduled Ancient Monuments.
Peter Brett Associates LLP (PBA) are an independent practice of engineers, planners, scientists, and economists delivering major development and infrastructure projects to the UK and European markets. They provide trusted advice to create value from the land and buildings owned or operated by our clients.
Terrafirma access and interpret PBA data within TerraSearch ® reports, including the nationwide mining and natural cavities datasets.
Compagnie Générale de Géophysique (CGG)
HQ: Tour Montparnasse
CGG is a fully integrated Geoscience company providing leading geological, geophysical and reservoir capabilities to its broad base of customers primarily from the global oil and gas industry.
We have an exclusive collaboration with CGG that sees the provision of InSAR ground deformation data within all TerraSearch® reports. We also work closely with CGG to analyse trends and patterns within the satellite-derived ground-movement data to ensure an otherwise complicated resource can be interpreted and translated appropriately within hazard interpretation and ground stability assessments.
Cranfield University is a world-leading institution in soil mapping and Environment and Agricultural Informatics. Terrafirma are exclusively working with Cranfield University, notably Dr. Tim Farewell on projects relating to conceptual ground hazard modelling. Terrafirma also utilise exclusive data and models informing interpretation on natural ground hazards and subsidence risk to the UK's built environment.
GeoSmart Information, formerly known as Envirep, was formed in 2013 and is a sister company of ESI, a leading independent scientific environmental consultancy specialising in water, land and sustainable development. We focus on providing the best value environmental desk based reports to support property professionals in their planning applications and property transactions. Today, GeoSmart provides a broad range of environmental reports to support sustainable development together with a range of data products and innovative subscription services in areas of groundwater flood risk and sustainable drainage systems.
Terrafirma are partnered closely with GeoSmart and utilise various datasets, including advanced groundwater modelling within our interpretation in TerraSearch(R) reports.
The CLS aims to remove uncertainty from property transactions and development projects. CLS achieves this by combining data, legal knowledge and insurance capacity to create products and solutions for the UK and European property markets. CLS also host bespoke data solutions and utilise bespoke data aggregation and analysis tools to create innovative due diligence assistance products for both residential and commercial property issues.
Terrafirma are proudly partnered with CLS and this partnership provides us with invalulable access to all UK historical mapping dating back to 1840 right up to the present day. Mapping covering the entire UK is available on various scales and ages and is used in both the identification and interpretation of ground hazards within all Terrafirma reports.
Bluesky is the leading aerial survey company in the UK providing a range of survey, geographic and CAD data, including aerial photography, mapping and LiDAR.
Terrafirma utilise a range of bluesky data within our conceptual ground models and within interpretation of natural and mining ground hazards.
Cornwall Consultants was founded in 1991 after several mining subsidence events triggered a greater awareness of the potential risks from ground instability to housing in the region. The Company was founded by staff working at the last productive tin mine in Cornwall and has grown to a firm of 14 experienced professionals, qualified up to Chartered status. Together, they offer a one-stop-shop for range of technical services which address the issues resulting from the legacy of this industry.
Terrafirma are exclusively and closely partnered with Cornwall Consultants, sharing expertise and resources to provide effective and appropriate services in Devon and Cornwall; arguably where the UK's most significant mining legacy exists.
Oil and Gas Authority (OGA)
48 Huntly Street
03000 201 010
The OGA is a government company owned by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. It is responsible for regulating and promoting the oil and gas industry. It publishes data on oil and gas wells and areas that have been licenced for extraction.
A local authority can be a district or unitary council and these fall, along with county councils, under the description of Local Government. Local authorities have a variety of responsibilities and these include issues like air pollution consents and designated contaminated land, which they are obliged to maintain public registers of. Local authorities, along with National Park authorities are also responsible for planning, both at a local strategic and application level. All planning authorities maintain a public database of planning applications.
03000 603 900
NE is an executive non-departmental public body that is sponsored by Defra. They act as the government’s advisor on the natural environment. They are primarily responsible for the promotion of nature conservation and actively conserving and enhancing England’s landscape. They produce data on nationally and internationally designated natural sites such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserves. The functions and responsibilities of NE, including production of data, are fulfilled in Scotland by Scottish Natural Heritage and in Wales by Natural Resources Wales.
Natural Resources Wales (NRW)
29 Newport Rd
03000 653 000
NRW is a Welsh Government Sponsored Body that was formed in 2013 to broadly assume the responsibilities of the Countryside Council for Wales, Forestry Commission Wales and the Environment Agency Wales. It also holds similar functions to Natural England. Datasets available from the Environment Agency and Natural England usually have a counterpart available from Natural Resources Wales.
Public Health England (PHE)
133-155 Waterloo Road
02076 548 000
PHE is an executive agency sponsored by the Department of Health that is tasked with protecting and improving the health in the UK and reducing health inequality by providing advice and support to organisations like the National Health Service and local government. It produces data related to a variety of public health issues, including radon.
Terrafirma update and manage an extensive internal database of earth science resources such as digitised mine plans and extraction features, leading geological data and interpreted ground models. Terrafirma are actively involved in data capture projects to enhance our database, models and interpretation of complicated ground hazards.
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