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The Contamination Expo Series: the free event that everyone is talking about

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The programme for the Contamination Expo Series is almost complete, and all signs point to this being the largest and most influential event in its history. Free tickets for this year’s event are still available and are likely to prove priceless when the doors swing open at the ExCeL London on the 27th & 28th of September.

The show – which is supported by the Environment Agency and the largest environmental exhibition & conference of its type in the Europe – has attracted some of the industry’s largest names, reinforcing its growing reputation as the premier exhibition & conference in the industry.

The two-day event features over 150 innovative suppliers, 120 CPD-accredited seminars, interactive masterclasses, one-to-one advice from industry experts, unparalleled networking opportunities, and much more.

Major names already staking their claim to the growing floorplan include ALS Environmental, Coleman Remediation, Braemar Howells, C A Blackwell, DEME Environmental Consultants, ARCA, ACAD, Exova Jones, CL:AIRE, EIC, Blobel Umwelttechnik Gmbh, ISAA, Raw Group, Oil Spill Response, Shield Environmental, SMH Products, AEC, MOLDEX, CNSE, IATP, and more.

They, along with the other leading environmental organisations will be unveiling new products, offering free one-to-one advice, and answering any questions you may have.

What’s more, the Environment Agency will be on hand with their own networking area and seminar theatre, where they will host their own sequence of insightful and revealing seminars.

Your free ticket will also gain you access to all six theatres which include highly anticipated talks from the Dr. Frank Kleissen from Deltares, Professor Julian Eastoe of University of Bristol, Environment Agency’s Trevor Renals, Dr Kevin Leahy from ERM, the Coleman Group’s Debbie Burns, Dr Yvonne Waterman of the European Asbestos Forum Foundation, ARCA’s Stephen Sadley, and more – making this year’s show the most important and influential in the industry this year!

To discover why this event has grown so rapidly and to register for your Free Ticket, visit the Contamination Expo Series registration page.

Contamination Expo Series 2017

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Contamination Expo Series 2017
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The Contamination Expo Series is Europe’s largest event designed to showcase the latest innovations that further the protection of the environment and management of contaminated land, water, and air. It takes place on the 27th & 28th of September at ExCeL London and tickets are FREE from the Contamination Expo Series website.

The show features over 150 innovative environmental suppliers, 120 CPD-accredited seminars, interactive masterclasses, one-to-one advice from industry experts, unparalleled networking opportunities, and much more.

Guests can filter between areas dedicated to hazardous materials, land remediation, spill response, clean air technology, geotechnical solutions, nuclear decommissioning, and more, as well as the Flood Expo and M&CCE Expo next door.

To book your FREE ticket and take advantage of everything the Contamination Expo Series has to offer, register on the Contamination Expo Series website.

If you’re interested in exhibiting at this year’s event, contact Daniel Rogers on +44 (0)117 990 2005 or daniel.rogers@prysmgroup.co.uk.

Reflections on the AGS 2016 Members’ Day and Speaker Presentations

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From Matthew Baldwin, AGS Chairman

Each year the AGS Chairman assisted by various committee members and the Secretariat, are faced with organising Members’ Day. This is no small task and requires the AGS to think carefully about what will make Members’ Day an event worth attending.

This includes the selection of an appropriate venue, inviting external speakers to present on themes that are topical and relevant to specific areas of the industry, as well as making sure subcommittee Chairmen produce a succinct report of work undertaken by their subcommittees over the preceding year!

The 2016 AGS Members’ Day was no different, although this year we were trying both a new venue and date for the event; the first time that Member’s Day had not been held on Rankine lecture day for many years. As I said in my introduction on Members’ Day, this change of venue and date was necessitated for two reasons. Firstly, the available space for sponsors and members to move round and interact at the RGS (the home for Members’ Day for several years), was severely limited and meant that we couldn’t actually accept any further sponsors. Secondly, Imperial College have started to hold an afternoon seminar to precede the Rankine lecture. Because a number of AGS members wished to attend this seminar, it meant that they were forced to choose between Members’ Day and the seminar.

In view of these concerns, it was decided to move both venue and date for 2016. Whilst both I and the AGS Secretariat believe that this year’s Members’ Day was very good and produced positive feedback, the real test lies in members’ feedback. Once we have digested your comments on the questionnaire that we asked you to complete, we will make a decision about where we hold 2017 Members’ Day.

Although not deliberate, the theme of the topics delivered by the invited speakers, all had as a common thread, collaboration and how as an industry we can do things better in the future. David Place of Mott MacDonald demonstrated the benefits of continual modification of the design (backed up by real time performance observations) during construction work on the Moorgate Shaft. In talking about unexploded ordnance in relation to both land and marine projects, Robin Rickard of Alpha Associates emphasised the need for all parties to think about the risk at an early stage and not wait until construction was about to break ground.

After the lunch break, Tim Chapman of Arup provided a thought provoking look at the possible future for geotechnics in the UK and emphasised the need for the industry to both learn and do things differently if it was going to be relevant to society as a whole. This was followed by Derek Smith asking whether ‘any old bit of plastic’ would do for use in design that utilised geosynthetics. Whilst clearly indicating that appropriate materials needed to be used, he made a compelling case on environmental grounds for the use of such materials becoming the norm in future projects. The final presentation of the day was on Geodata management in relation to the HS2 project and was given by Felicity Sims of HS2. She explained how powerful a comprehensive and joined up electronic database could be for a major project.

In summary I hope that all members and indeed any non-members who came along to hear what the AGS has to offer, enjoyed this year’s Members’ Day. The work of the AGS to better represent the industry in all areas is on-going and as I stressed at Members’ Day, the committee both values and needs members views and ideas to ensure that we remain relevant and reflect industry concerns and issues. As Tim Chapman said, none of us can afford to rest on our laurels and not look at ways to improve!

Presentations from AGS Members’ Day can be viewed below;

1) Matthew Baldwin Chairman’s Introduction

2) John Talbot BPWG Report 2015-16 – FINAL

3) Neil Parry Contaminated Land Report

4) David Place The Accelerated Programme for the Moorgate Shaft

5) Jackie Bland Data Management Report

6) John Masters Laboratories Working Group report

7) Hugh Mallett Loss Prevention Working Group report

8) Robin Rickard 6Alpha Associates

9) Julian Lovell Safety Working Group report

10) Tim Chapman The Shape of the Geotechnical Engineering Industry in 2025

11) Derek Smith Geosynthetics: any old bit of plastic will do

12) Felicity Sims Geodata management on the HS2 project so far

10) Matthew Baldwin Chairman’s 2016 AGM Summary

AGS Members’ Day: 7th April 2016

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The AGS is pleased to announce details of Members’ Day 2016, which is taking place on Thursday 7th April 2016 at the prestigious Barbican Centre in London.

This full day seminar will see a number of industry experts present on topics unique to their experience and expertise. This year we’re pleased to confirm presentations on subjects including the Shape of the Geotechnical Engineering Industry in 2025, Assessment and Management of Unexploded Ordnance Risk in the Marine Environment, The Accelerated Programme for the Moorgate Shaft, Geosynthetics, and Geodata Management on the HS2 Project so Far.

Full details of this year’s speakers can be viewed AGS Members’ Day Programme 2016

This year’s event is open to both Members and non-Members of the AGS. To confirm your attendance, please complete the AGS Members’ Day registration form and return it to ags@ags.org.uk before Friday 25th March. There is no cost for AGS Members to attend Members’ Day, however Non-Members will be required to pay £85 (plus VAT) per delegate.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please note that registration forms received after Friday 25th March will not be accepted.

The AGS are pleased to announce that the following companies have sponsored this years event;

ALcontrol Laboratories is Europe’s largest independent provider of accredited laboratory testing services for the environmental industry, with over thirty years of global experience. They provide a range of tests including the following: TPH, PAHs, VOCs, phenols, PCBs, pesticides, metals and WAC testing.
www.alcontrol.com

ALS Environmental is a world-class analytical testing company supplying a wide range of expert services to the remediation and investigation markets. As an organisation ALS can provide you with UKAS and MCERTS accredited laboratory testing, in-field, real-time analysis and OnSite monitoring including sampling and Environmental Field Chemists.
www.alsenvironmental.co.uk

CH2M Tunnels and Earth Engineering teams work globally, designing and building infrastructure, underground space and natural resource solutions on behalf of our clients. Technology, innovation and delivery are key, as we integrate our strongest capabilities and experts from across the company to solve complex problems, add value and reduce risk.
www.ch2m.com

Concept specialises in the geotechnical, geoenvironmental and structural site investigation sector. We were formed some 18 years ago. Since formation we have grown to occupy a prominent role in our sector. In 2014 Concept were awarded both the prestigious Ground Engineering Award for the Best Ground Investigation Specialist in the UK and also the ICE London Civil Engineering Award for Greatest Contribution in recognition of the quality of the service we provide.
www.conceptconsultants.co.uk

Derwentside Environmental Testing Services offer a wide range of high quality accredited analytical testing services for the environmental, construction, waste, fuel and engineering industries. Our range of testing services cover the analysis of Land, Groundwater, Effluents, Waste & Gases, Fuels & Biomass, and Asbestos.
www.dets.co.uk

Dunelm Geotechnical & Environmental Ltd have 50 years’ experience as leaders in the field of ground investigation. Having complete accreditation for Quality, Environment and Health and Safety, our clients are afforded a first class service. Our highly qualified, experienced staff and in-house drilling services deliver an efficient and flexible service to all our clients.
www.dunelm.co.uk

ELAB specialises in the testing of soil, water and leachate samples as well as providing environmental monitoring equipment hire. Our analytical services cover inorganics and organics analysis, geotechnical chemical testing, metals analysis, as well as asbestos identification/quantification, waste characterisation testing and waste acceptance criteria (WAC). ISO 17025 accredited laboratories.
www.elab-uk.co.uk

Envirolab provides laboratory services spanning a broad organic and inorganic portfolio. Our reputation for excellence is built on continually providing our clients with reliable results delivered on time and within budget. Our UKAS and MCERTS accreditations guarantee our commitment to quality. We are the utterly reliable analytical laboratory.
www.envlab.co.uk

Incorporating Equipe Training and Equipe Geosolutions, the Equipe Group are at the forefront of the sustained development and growth of the geotechnical and drilling sectors. Equipe Training offer NVQs, industry specific Health and Safety training, along with geotechnical and drilling courses, whilst Equipe Geosolutions provide new, ground-breaking technologies such as KeyLogbook and SAFER-G.
www.equipegroup.com

Fugro is a leading international provider of geo-intelligence and asset information. Geotechnical capability includes a full range of terrestrial and marine in situ and laboratory based ground investigation services supported by a comprehensive geospatial and consultancy capability.
www.fugro.com

Geolabs Limited are a wholly independent testing-only company, providing soil, rock and aggregate laboratory testing services since 1995. Geolabs ensure a high quality, UKAS accredited service, for a wide range of tests with staff having a combined total of 400+ years of testing experience.
www.geolabs.co.uk

Geotechnical Engineering Limited was incorporated in 1961 and remains the largest privately owned ground investigation contractor in the UK. We provide an integrated service of utility surveying, drill rigs, insitu testing, laboratory testing and engineering services.
Our large fleet of drill rigs includes our in-house developed slope climbing P45s, P60s and P45K rigs, providing quality site data to the construction industry.
www.geoeng.co.uk

In Situ Site Investigation Ltd is a specialist geotechnical and geo-environmental site investigation company, which specialises in the use of Cone Penetration Testing (CPT) techniques and other related pushing technologies. We also offer a full range of pressuremeter testing services including cone pressuremeter, self-boring pressuremeter and high pressure dilatometer.
www.insitusi.com

Soil Engineering Geoservices is an award winning company and one of the largest providers of geotechnical site investigation, drilling & grouting and geotechnical laboratory services in the UK.
The business operates nationally offering both land and marine services from three offices at Leeds, Cleland in Scotland and Camberley, Surrey.
www.soil-engineering.co.uk

Structural Soils Ltd is a site investigation contractor with offices in Bristol, Castleford , Hemel Hempstead and Glasgow. The company’s has over 50 years of experience provides a sound knowledge of all aspects of geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering. As the company operates various boring and drilling rigs and associated equipment, an investigation can be designed to suit the client’s requirements and to obtain information in the most efficient manner.
www.soils.co.uk

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The Ground Engineering Awards is back and celebrating nine years of showcasing the very best in the industry.

Entries are now open and you have until 29 January 2016 to tell us why you are the best at what you do, so what are you waiting for?

There are 13 enterable categories representing the diverse range of skills and attributes needed to deliver cutting-edge ground engineering to ensure there is an appropriate route to showcase all of your achievements. This may be your work on a project of which you are particularly proud, a fantastic new training initiative or simply a first-class new business idea that sets you apart from your competitors.

Plus, a new category for this year: Geoenvironmental Project of the Year.

View details of all categories here

You don’t have to finish your entry right away, so why not get started now and submit when you’re ready? Add the entry deadline to your calendar here to make sure you complete the process on time!

Good luck!

Quality Results in Ground Investigation Seminar Presentations

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The AGS recently held a Quality Results in Ground Investigation seminar which focused on site investigation, what laboratories can provide and the importance of quality sampling.

The event, which took place in Hamilton House, London on 14th October 2015, saw over 80 AGS Members and non-Members listen to seven key industry speakers including; Hugh Mallett (Technical Director, BuroHappold Engineering), Roger Brown (Associate Director, Laboratories, Fugro), Matthew Baldwin (Technical Director, Soil Engineering), Chris Swainston (Principle Engineer, Geotechnics), John Powell (Technical Director, Geolabs) Graeme Thomas (Assessment Manager, United Kingdom Accreditation Service) and Chris Wallace (Technical Manager, Geolabs).

To view speaker presentations from the event, please click on the below links;

 

Hugh Mallett, Technical Director, BuroHappold Engineering: Quality Laboratory Data – are Consultants Bovvered?

Roger Brown, Associate Director, Laboratories, Fugro: The Replacement of BS1377 has Begun

Graeme Thomas, Assessment Manager, United Kingdom Accreditation Service: Double Standards – Accreditation and Transition to New Standards

Matthew Baldwin, Technical Director, Soil Engineering: Sample Extraction

Chris Swainston, Principle Engineer, Geotechnics: Sampling Standards

John Powell, Technical Director, Geolabs: Ensuring Quality of Testing in the Geotechnical Laboratory – Proficiency Testing and What goes Wrong!

Chris Wallace, Technical Manager, Geolabs: Good Result/Bad Result

AGS Members’ Day 2016

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AGS Members’ Day 2016 will take place on Thursday 7th April at the prestigious Barbican Centre in London.

This full day seminar will see a number of industry experts present on topics unique to their experience and expertise. This year we’re pleased to confirm presentations on subjects including the Shape of the Geotechnical Engineering Industry in 2025, Assessment and Management of Unexploded Ordnance Risk in the Marine Environment, The Accelerated Programme for the Moorgate Shaft, Geosynthetics, and Geodata Management on the HS2 Project so Far.

Full details of this year’s speakers can be viewed AGS Members’ Day Programme 2016.

This year’s event is open to both Members and non-Members of the AGS. To confirm your attendance, please complete the AGS Members’ Day registration form and return it to ags@ags.org.uk before Friday 25th March. There is no cost for AGS Members to attend Members’ Day, however Non-Members will be required to pay £85 (plus VAT) per delegate. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Please note that registration forms are required for all attendees. Forms received after Friday 25th March will not be accepted.

AGS Supports GE Next Generation Awards 2015

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The AGS is pleased to announce they’re supporting the 2015 GE Next Generation Awards which will take place on 19th November at the Bloomsbury Hotel, London.

The awards are an excellent opportunity for Members to put forward their most talented and ambitious young engineers and apprentices to ensure they are recognised for the work they do. The evening event showcases the breadth of talent in the industry – so make sure your best team members enter today to highlight the opportunities your company offers and celebrate their achievements.

Entry forms for the seven categories that recognise the broad range of skills that are essential to the ground engineering industry are now available to download.

Candidates have until 4th  September to submit their completed application forms to GENextGeneration@emap.com . Shortlist candidates will have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and understanding to the judging panels through interviews, which will take place in London on 14th and 15th October.

Guest speaker for the event, which will take the form of an evening drinks reception on 19th November, has been confirmed as Crossrail Chair Terry Morgan who is a strong advocate of developing opportunities in construction for young people.

The judging panels are in the process of being confirmed but Thames Tideway Geotechnical Manager John Harris, British Tunnelling Society Chair Roger Bridge and Geotechnical Asset Owners Forum Chair Graham Holland are among those that have already agreed to take part in the process.

 

 

AGS Quality Results in Ground Investigation Seminar

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The AGS are pleased to announce their Quality Results in Ground Investigation seminar is taking place on Wednesday 14th October 2015 at Hamilton House, London. This full day conference is aimed at clients and consultants and focuses on what laboratories can provide, as well as the importance of sampling.

Open to both Members and Non-Members of the AGS, the conference will see a series of industry experts present on a number of specialist topics including:

  • Ensuring Quality of Testing in the Geotechnical Laboratory – Proficiency Testing and what goes Wrong – John Powell (Technical Director, Geolabs)
  • Quality laboratory data – are consultants bovvered? – Hugh Mallett (Technical Director, BuroHappold)
  • The replacement of BS1377 has begun – Roger Brown, (Associate Director, Laboratories – Fugro)
  • Sample Extraction – Matthew Baldwin, (Technical Director – Soil Engineering)
  • Sampling Standards – Chris Swainson, (Principle Engineer, Geotechnics)
  • Double Standards: Accreditation and Transition to New Standards – Graeme Thomas, (Assessment Manager UKAS)
  • Good Result/Bad Result – Chris Wallace, (Technical Manager, Geolabs)

Tickets are priced at £50 for AGS Members or £85 to non AGS Members. All Prices excluded VAT.

Quality Results in Site Ground Investigation Seminar is sponsored by;

DETS
DETS offer a wide range of quality accredited analytical testing services for the environmental, construction, waste, fuel and engineering industries. Our range of testing services cover the analysis of Land, Groundwater, Effluents, Waste & Gases, Fuels & Biomass, and Asbestos using a modern, well equipped laboratory, with highly skilled staff.

Envirolab
Multidisciplinary organic and inorganic testing services. Offering the UK’s most comprehensive laboratory testing analytical service for Soil and Water contaminants. Tailored TurnAround. UKAS and MCERTS accreditations guarantee our commitment to quality. In-house courier service and complimentary sample collection equipment. Waste classification expertise.

Geotechnical Engineering
Geotechnical Engineering Limited was incorporated in 1961 to provide ground investigation services. We remain the largest privately owned ground investigation contractor in the UK providing quality data to the construction industry. We employ approximately 160 salaried staff. This includes NVQ qualified drillers, site technicians, surveyors, laboratory technicians, engineers and consultants.

Keynetix
Keynetix KeyLAB software is the leading laboratory management system built specifically for geotechnical and construction laboratories. It will improve your laboratory’s efficiency at every stage of the testing process from sample and storeroom management, through to electronic scheduling, testing and reporting. Clever integration with Microsoft Excel® allows you to easily customise worksheets and reports whilst staying in complete control of your laboratory data.

Geolabs
Geolabs Limited are a wholly independent testing-only company whose staff have a combined total of 350+ years of soils testing experience, from classification testing through to advanced triaxial and direct simple shear. They are accredited by UKAS for a wide range of tests including: effective stress, shearboxes, consolidation, permeability etc.

Equipe Group
Incorporating Equipe Training and Equipe Geosolutions, the Equipe Group are one of the leading lights in the sustained development and growth of the geotechnical and drilling sectors. Equipe Training offer industry specific Health and Safety training, along with geotechnical and drilling courses, whilst Equipe Geosolutions provide new, ground-breaking technologies such as KeyLogbook.

Structural Soils
Structural Soils Ltd, a site investigation contractor, based in Bristol, with branch offices in Castleford near Leeds, Hemel Hempstead and Glasgow and overseas. Soil samples are tested in the company’s own well-equipped UKAS-accredited soil laboratories in Bristol, Castleford and Hemel Hempstead and chemical samples in our lab in Hyde.

Concept Consultants
Concept specialises in geotechnical, geoenvironmental and structural investigations and associated laboratory testing. Formed over 18 years ago we have grown to occupy a leading role in the UK. Concept have been awarded the GE Award for Best Ground Investigation Specialist (2014) as well as the ICE London Civil Engineering Award.

 

For further information or to register your attendance, please email ags@ags.org.uk

How AGS Data Makes Organisations More Efficient?

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A series of short presentations about advances in the use of capturing and using Geotechnical Data from site, through the laboratories to report and beyond. The talks will discuss the use of AGS through the process and will include a number of case studies to show how it works for real projects.

For further information and to register to the event, please visit www.equipegroup.com/services/geotechnica/geotechnica.html

AGS Sponsors NCE Tunnelling & Underground Space Awards

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The AGS is proud to announce they are supporting NCE’s hugely popular Tunnelling & Underground Space Awards. Taking place in London this December, the awards showcase the very best tunnelling expertise and is regarded as a premier networking event for the global tunnelling community.

The awards attract entries from the tunnelling industry’s elite and our judging panel is packed with world-renowned tunnelling specialists representing clients, designers and contractors – and so to win is to truly excel.

Shortlisted contenders converge on London in December to join key clients including High Speed 2 and Thames Tideway Tunnel in a 400-plus audience with one thing in mind – who are 2015’s outstanding tunnellers? Winners are recognised in NCE, the official magazine of the world-renowned Institution of Civil Engineers, with our global audience of 80,000+ professional engineers.

As ever there is range of categories to suit the entire industry, from the biggest, multi-national contractor to the smallest specialist supplier. Categories include Tunnelling Project of the Year, Product/Equipment Innovation and Specialist Tunnelling Project of the Year.

New categories for this year include Tunnelling Team of the Year – recognising collaborative working in the tunnelling and underground space industry – Tunnel Operator of the Year – recognising the on-going efforts of operators to provide safe and reliable infrastructure – and the Fire Safety Award – recognising innovation in the fast-developing world of fire suppression.

For full details of categories and deadline details, please visit http://bit.ly/TunnelAGS

AGS to Exhibit at Geotechnica 2015

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The AGS is proud to announce that they’ll be exhibiting and sponsoring the UK largest geotechnical conference and exhibition; Geotechnica.

Taking place at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre between the 8th and 9th July, Geotechnica celebrates the geotechnical and drilling industry in its entirety, helping to promote the specialist services, products and innovations that the industry has to offer.

This two day event brings together all industry sectors including suppliers and manufacturers, and will feature live demonstrations, technical presentations as well as equipment and services.

As well as exhibiting, the AGS will be sponsoring the afternoon presentations on Thursday 9th July, entitled, how AGS data makes organisations more efficient. This segment will consist of a series of short presentations about advances in the use of capturing and using Geotechnical Data from site, through the laboratories to report and beyond. The talks will also discuss the use of AGS data through the process and will include a number of case studies to show how it works for real projects. Guest speakers will include, Ben Armstrong (Ground Technology Services), Simon Miles (Atkins) and Dr Roger Chandler (Keynetix).

For further information on the event or to register, please visit the Geotechnica website or contact the Equipe Group by calling 01295 670990.