Ground risk specialists Terrafirma  has announced further improvements to their leading CON29M and Ground Report to aid conveyancers as part of their Autumn updates, live from Monday 18 October.
In addition to upgraded site plans and hazard maps across all Terrafirma ground risk reports, a completely redesigned front page for Terrafirma’s flagship Ground Report is principal among the changes, which covers mining and natural ground instability searches. The new front page has been improved to allow a better at-a-glance review of the report and its results. As well as providing conveyancers and property purchasers with a simplified design that shows report outcomes instantly, a new Quality Assurance Stamp has also been added, clearly demonstrating the expertise embedded within every report. Click here  to download new sample reports.
Other changes include improved report recommendations for new build properties and adding a visual ‘Zone of Influence’ guide for when mine entries are identified within 20 metres. Site plans, which allow conveyancers and homebuyers to visualise the potentially affected areas from natural ground perils, clay subsidence, coastal erosion and mining hazards, have been enhanced for improved report usability.
These visual improvement follow the recent announcement that the Terrafirma CON29M now includes a new section for advice and assessment of non-coal mining hazards within Coal Authority data. Conveyancers who choose a Terrafirma CON29M will receive clear identification of when a property is within the influence, or at risk of mining-related instability from non-coal workings. It will also alert all parties of the implications of non-coal mining workings affecting the property, most notably that the terms of the Coal Mining Subsidence Act 1991 may not apply.
Channel partner, PALI (Property and Land Information) comments:
“We have worked with Terrafirma since their inception and our clients have always favoured their mining reports over other offerings. Their customer support and technology is second to none, they are experts in this field and passionate about educating both the industry and members of the public. We really like the new, refreshed look of the Terrafirma reports which makes it easier and quicker to find key information”.
The enhanced visuals will enable conveyancers to more easily identify ground hazard affected areas within the vicinity of the property they are transacting. These will cover additional background information on these hazards and offer further advice, but do not replace the popular customer service and report queries promise Terrafirma offers.
Tom Backhouse, Terrafirma Chief Executive Officer, said:
“We are continuously exploring ways to support homebuyers understand their risk. The Ground Report will never stand still. Year after year, we focus on delivering technical updates, such as improved assessment of clay subsidence in 2019 and adding coastal hazards risk assessment in 2020. Adding risk assessment of the Coal Authority’s non-coal records to our CON29M and enhancing the natural ground perils modelling that powers an essential part of the Ground Report is evidence of this ongoing research and development, and the initial feedback from conveyancers and our reseller partners on the visual aspects has been encouraging too”.
Terrafirma has also revealed that they have improved their report generation system. The upgrade will result in a more streamlined report production process, meaning conveyancers will see increased speed and efficiency when ordering any of Terrafirma’s ground risk reports.
To learn more about the exciting updates and how they benefit your client, join Terrafirma on 19 October where Product Owner and Geologist Tim Longden will provide a 30 minute overview of the updates and why they are important. In addition, you’ll be able to ask Tim any questions live. Register here .
If you are unable to attend the live event, please contact Terrafirma at firstname.lastname@example.org  to receive a recording.