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Reorganised Geological Survey promises more focused approach

A RADICAL REORGANISATION of British Geological Survey was was finally implemented last month.

'The underlying goal was to get some focus on the expressed needs of the community we are meant to serve, and express that as a new programme direction, ' said BGS executive director David Falvey.

BGS says the strategy aims:

to develop an integrated, applied strategic research programme that addresses the central issues of sustainability;

to deliver cutting edge, user-relevant, scientific research;

to make an identifiable contribution to national economic and environmental well being; and to strengthen standards of professional excellence and enhance the career development of staff.

Restructuring took just over two years, following Falvey's appointment in January 1998. A strategy taskforce was set up 'to crystallise the views of staff and customers on the future direction and response to customer needs'.

The new structure comprises three operational directorates, supported by three service and support directorates. A key support function is the marketing, international and corporate development directorate.

BGS aims to satisfy the needs of parent body NERC and the government by working in three key areas: natural hazards, resource management and pollution and waste. It also contributes to understanding of the impact of global change and to biodiversity issues.

'BGS provides the nation with essential information about the land, its petroleum, mineral and groundwater resources, natural hazards, and the impacts on the environment of pollution and waste, ' said Falvey.

'We must be prepared to deliver a responsive, professional and worthwhile service to the UK community, fully justifying decades of investment in our strategic research.'

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