In 1958 a site investigation was carried out for a housing scheme at Bo'ness near Edinburgh. The investigation was an interesting one and a film was made showing various aspects of the work.
The following account describes the investigation in greater detail than was possible in the film and in particular endeavours to show how the conclusions were arrived at.
The case history is detailed in a manner which it is hoped is suitable for the young engineering geologist encountering the problems of urban re-development schemes for the first time. The impact of old industrial legacies and attendant folk-lore on environmental geology is illustrated in the script.
It must be remembered that the year was 1958 and the techniques that were employed then may today be rather old hat. In 1974/75 there were eleven copies of the film in circuit and it was sent out to one hundred and fifty four different organisations.