Conceptual Site Models

BS10175 states that a conceptual site model (CSM) identifying all the potential contaminant linkages should underpin each stage of a site investigation and drive the risk assessment process. LQM worked with BGS to add conceptual site modelling capabilities to their Groundhog software.  

Groundhog provides tools to build scaled conceptual site models alongside GIS tools showing layers of spatial information, cross section drawing functionality and borehole log creation capabilities. Groundhog is desktop software for use on Windows machines. 

As explained on our blog, this collaboration has now ended and BGS has released Groundhog as open source.

LQM provides training / support in the use of Groundhog as

- self guided e-learning


Groundhog Capabilities

Generate borehole logs. Borehole logs can be created. Users can create their own templates.

AGS Data. View, import and export AGS data

Maps. Overlay map based information in images or shapefiles. Plot borehole logs, draw lines of cross section

Cross sections. Create cross sections by drawing freehand or based on borehole logs along the line of cross section drawn on the map

Creating conceptual site models.  These can be scaled models for smaller sites or more abstract models for larger sites.  Sources, contaminants, pathways and receptors can be shown on the plan and cross section views followed by autogeneration of the network diagram

For more information please email