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TitleThe use and value of urban geology in Canada: A case study in the National Capital Region
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AuthorBélanger, J R; Moore, C W
SourceUrban geology of the National Capital area/Géologie urbaine de la région de la Capitale nationale; by Bélanger, R; Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5311, 2008, 19 pages; 1 DVD, (Open Access)
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Documentopen file
MediaDVD; on-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in Bélanger, R; (2008). Urban geology of the National Capital area, Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5311
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ProvinceQuebec; Ontario
NTS31F/01; 31F/08; 31F/09; 31F/16; 31G/04; 31G/05; 31G/06; 31G/11; 31G/12; 31G/13; 31G/14
AreaOttawa; Hull; Mer Bleu; Gatineau; Aylmer
Lat/Long WENS-76.5000 -75.0000 46.0000 45.0000
Subjectsstructural geology; surficial geology/geomorphology; soils science; hydrogeology; environmental geology; glacial deposits; glacial landforms; slope stability analyses; slope failures; slope stability; clays; tills; Ottawa-Hull subsurface data bk; bedrock geology; igneous rocks; metamorphic rocks; sedimentary rocks; shales; limestones; dolomites; granites; gabbros; syenites; monzonites; diorites; soil classification; soil types; soils; lithology; bedrock aquifers; aquifers; groundwater; groundwater regimes; hydrography; drainage systems; environmental studies; environmental impacts; environmental analysis; Grenville Province; Champlain Sea; Billings Formation; Leda Clay; Wakefield Batholith; geographic information system applications; urban geology; geological hazards; seismic hazards; Precambrian; Quaternary; Paleozoic; Ordovician; Cambrian
Released2008 01 01
AbstractIn response to a request to increase its activities in environmental geology and to collaborate with the provinces, the GSC initiated a project in 1993 to provide geoscience information for urban and regional planning and development in eastern Ontario and western Québec. Prior to the launch of the project, representatives from various levels of government, private consultants, environmentalists, universities and the general public were invited to discuss the need for and usefulness of urban geological information at a forum. The participants confirmed the importance of urban geological information and supported a coordinating role for the GSC.

Following this forum Natural Resources Canada's Audit and Evaluation Branch undertook an impact study which examined the usefulness and value of benefits of basic types of geoscience information in urban and regional planning and development. The evaluation study of the National Capital Region Project determined that the geoscience documents are used extensively and provide an authoritative standard for work. They are particularly useful in preliminary project planning, geotechnical engineering for major facilities, environmental impact assessments, public safety planning, and as a multi-disciplinary research tool and field guide. The estimated value
of benefits include a 5%-20% reduction in cost of civil/environmental engineering design and planning study work, and considerable monetary savings in derived or indirect benefits amounting to annual savings of several million dollars. Recent technological advances increase the possible range of applications especially for those who have traditionally been users of geological maps.