World-leading research, development and innovation support for SMEs exploring digital technologies connected to the underground environment

Launched in early 2021, Deep Digital Cornwall was a £4.4m project that supported SMEs based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly with World-leading research, development and innovation support for SMEs exploring digital technologies connected to the underground environment.

Deep Digital Cornwall conducted new research to create datasets for exploration at the Deep Digital Cornwall Data Hub. Datasets are being made available for download from the University of Exeter online repository, ORE.

43 SMEs in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly accessed research skills, expertise, £1m grant fund, new datasets and state-of-the-art immersive technology facilities for 3D and 4D data visualisation.

The Deep Digital Cornwall visualisation suite and data hub continue. Access is available through various Good Growth projects funded by the Shared Prosperity Fund and for commercial work. Please contact us for details.

Go to the Research tab for information on research activities and data available for research.

Go to the Resources tab for an excellent set of talks on data science and machine learning.


Examples of digital business development
areas connected to the underground


Remote sensing



Low-carbon economies


Machine Learning
Visualisation Centre
Hardware prototyping
Software development

Natural Resources

Hazard mitigation
Processing technologies

Groundwater Modelling / Geohydraulics Ltd.

GeoHydraulics Ltd specialises in the numerical modelling of groundwater flow systems and has generated regional-scale groundwater models for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (CIoS). Geohydraulics limited was set up by Dr Dave Watkins, following his time as a...

EGS Energy / Eden Geothermal

Eden Deep Geothermal Magnetotelluric Survey This excellent example of a collaboration between two Cornish business, EGS Energy (EGSE) and their delivery partner, Eden Geothermal Ltd. (EGL), the British Geological Survey (BGS) and Deep Digital Cornwall (DDC; University...

Agua Enodo

CO-AX PROJECT: Review the Opportunities and Constraints of Existing Numerical Modelling Software for Deep Geothermal Coaxial Boreholes Agua Enodo successfully applied for funding through Deep Digital Cornwall (DDC) to model coaxial borehole heat exchangers for both...

King Edward Mine Museum

King Edward Mine Museum (KEMM) is situated in Troon, south of Camborne, and was a former mine where practical mining education was undertaken by Camborne School of Mines (CSM) up until the 1980s. How the DDC connection occurred Since then, CSM has maintained its...

Kensa Contracting

Kensa Contracting are the primary contractor in the Heat the Streets project, a revolutionary approach to reducing the cost of decarbonised heating. They have formed a collaboration with Deep Digital Cornwall and Cornish Lithium to undertake this project as an...

Carrack Consulting

Carrak Consulting Ltd. specialises in the assessment of land affected by former mineral extraction and wastes, as well as the re-purposing and regeneration of abandoned mine sites across Cornwall. It is also a member of the Southwest Geothermal Alliance (SGA), which...

ProSpectral Ltd

ProSpectral is a start-up developing next-generation spectral imaging technology and have been working on a mineral identification camera in collaboration with University of Exeter staff through Deep Digital Cornwall (DDC). This has included technical input from Prof....

Premier Water Solutions 10 Ltd

Premier Water Solutions 10 Ltd is a company focussed on providing an effective mapping system to be able to establish the fluctuations of the groundwater table and why they occur. PWS has been working in collaboration with University of Exeter staff on Deep Digital...

Motion Signal Technologies

Motion Signal Technologies (MST) specialises in seismic analysis services and software and collaborated with University of Exeter staff on Deep Digital Cornwall (DDC).

UK Radon Ltd

From its base in Cornwall, UK Radon Ltd provides radon advice, consultation and remediation for properties across England and Wales. Radon is a naturally occurring, colourless, odourless, radioactive gas that is formed from the radioactive decay of uranium and...

Project Achievements

Supported 43 small businesses based in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

Managed a £1m Grant Fund

Provided 32 business assists (in-depth research, KE & consultancy)

Awarded 39 research and innovation grants

Forged 17 long-term research collaborations

>1,400 hours data curation and visualisation

Supported 7 new businesses

Creating 38 new-to-firm products and services

Development of Deep Digital Cornwall digital twin concept - regional underground and surface datasets in 4D

Creating 15 new-to-market products and services

Leveraging >£500k private sector R&D investment

Creating at least 7.5 new high-tech jobs in regional SMEs

Developed a digital assets catalogue with 170 datasets for exploration

Over 70 SME’s using the visualisation suite with 18 viewing their specific data

11 research work packages across three delivery partners