Working Group Business Practice

Our work encompasses the commercial issues that impact on our clients and members alike. The group also holds responsibility for the governance, finances, promotion of the AGS and liaison with other organisations.

Strategic Plan

  • To encourage good standards in all aspects of business practice amongst members.
  • To promote to clients use of a ‘best value’ approach to geotechnics and geoenvironmental services, including demonstration projects.
  • Implement the Code of Conduct for site investigation.
  • Identify further business practice areas that would benefit from AGS review.


Andrew Milne Geotechnical Engineering Ltd
Sally Hudson Coffey Geotechnics Ltd
Ken Marsh Ian Farmer Associates
Past AGS Chairman Matthew Baldwin Soil Engineering
AGS Chairman Neil Parry Geotechnical Engineering Ltd
Chairman Elect Julian Lovell Equipe Training Limited
Treasurer Chris Danilewicz CH2M
Business Practice Leader and Personal Member Representative John Talbot
Adam Cadman Card Geotechnics Limited
Colin Spinley Royal HaskoningDHV


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AGS Magazine – November/December issue

Article News Caroline Kratz

The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists are pleased to announce the launch of their new bi-monthly publication; AGS Magazine. To view…

AGS Members’ Day 2017

06th Apr 2017 Event News

Thank you for your attendance and contributions at this year’s Members’ Day 2017 at the Barbican, which was a great success. Special…

AGS Members’ Day: 7th April 2016

Article News Caroline Kratz

The AGS is pleased to announce details of Members’ Day 2016, which is taking place on Thursday 7th April 2016 at the…

News Caroline Kratz

The Ground Engineering Awards is back and celebrating nine years of showcasing the very best in the industry. Entries are now open…

AGS Members’ Day 2016

News Caroline Kratz

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


Article News Ann-Marie Casserly

They have been a long time in the making, but finally the AGS new byelaws are with us! Following a vote by…

AGS Members’ Day 2015 Summary

Article News Caroline Kratz

The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists’ annual Members’ Day event recently took place at the prestigious Royal Geographical Society, located in…

BIM Regional Hubs Events

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

A BIM Focus Learning or extending your Building Information Modelling (BIM) knowledge through the BIM Hubs In line with the launch of…

BGS Question and Answer

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

BGS – Legal Obligations Regarding Drilling Many Members of the AGS received a letter on the 31st May referring to legal obligations…

Eurocode Readers Question

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

AGS Comment on Geotechnical Sampling to Eurocode 7 In the September 2011 issue of the AGS Newsletter “ Advice to AGS Members…

University Meets Industry

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

Engineering Geology and Geotechnical Engineering MSc courses – what is the problem? A recent meeting arranged by the AGS on behalf of…

Eurocode 7 the Attachments

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

An update on progress John Powell – Technical Director Geolabs and Independent Consultant David Norbury – Independent Consultant We trust that by…

Engineering, Geology, Geotechnics

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

University of Portsmouth’s Industrial Alliance in Engineering Geology & Geotechnics starts to show results The University of Portsmouth is the only institution…

CSCS Cards – Explained!

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

There are four types of red cards which are new or recent entrants to the construction industry  for  experienced workers whose occupation…

Builders Profile

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

Is Builders Profile the answer to Pre-Qualification Questionnaires? When Members of the National Specialist Contractors Council (NSCC) complained about the number and…

EN 1990 Alteration

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

EN 1990 Altered to Avoid UK Liability Problems The head code, EN 1990, has been changed to make sure that civil and…

Sign off Responsibility

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

It is common for Clients to request that their consultant obtains “sign off” of proposals for site investigation, risk assessment and in…

Apprentices – back in vogue

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

Equipe Training Limited has delivered its’ first courses in September from their newly established Drilling AcademyTM near Banbury, Oxfordshire.  The courses were…

Recruitment Aided!

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

The Ground Forum is delighted to announce that 19 ground engineering job titles have been included in the new ‘Shortage Occupations List’…

Eurocode 7 letter

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

Dear Editor I have been delivering lectures on EC7 parts 1 and 2 for a while now, and I remain amazed and…

Environmental Permitting regulations

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations came into force on the 6th April 2008.  They merge Waste Management Licensing (WML) and…

A new system for migrant workers

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

On Friday 29 February 2008, a new immigration system was launched to ensure that only those with the right skills or the…

Defence cost in criminal prosecutions

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

It is probably common knowledge that fines arising from Criminal Prosecutions for Health and Safety breaches are not covered by a designer’s…

Establishing Ground Rules

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

Concerns over the place of Ground investigations in relation to CDM led John Banks and Mouchel Parkman to raise queries with HSE…

New Construction Industry Scheme

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

On 6 April 2007 a new Construction Industry Scheme came into force. Though altered, the new CIS involves the same basic concept…

BDA audited drilling operatives

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

The following is general wording suggested by BDA for all drilling operations:- Audited Land Drilling Operatives All drilling operatives (Lead Drillers and…

Age Discrimination Regulations

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

Members trying to come to grips with the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 can find information on the Evesheds website (Drill down…

Reinforced Fill

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

BS EN 14475:2006 establishes general principles for the construction of reinforced fill. It covers engineered fills which are reinforced by the inclusion…

Equitable contribution clauses

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

Scenario: a homeowner decides to have an extension built at his house and employs a consultant and a contractor to carry out…

Drilling into Coal Authority’s assets

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

The Coal Authority was established under the Coal Industry Act 1994. All in situ coal, old mineworkings, current mineworkings and all shaft…

Benchmarking Survey Results

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

The Business Practice WG would like to thank all those who contributed to the site investigation benchmarking survey initiative. The survey ran…

AGS data: improving the flow

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

Mark Shaw of the Business Practise Working Group recently attended a meeting of the Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS) Technical Committee to…

AGS guides the way

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

AGS Client Guides are intended to help Members get their message about good practice across to clients and to reassure Clients that…

What could training do for your company?

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

Whether you want to improve your relationship with a client, find ways of reducing the cost of your Professional Indemnity, retain your…

AGS Benchmarking Initiative gets underway

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

After several false starts, the Business Practice WG has finalised plans for an AGS initiative to evaluate the quality of site investigations…

New Pile Cutting Method

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

A Federation of Piling Specialist’s Member has reported a new Pile Cutting method that appears particularly efficient. Details about The Cropper can…

The Role of an Expert Witness

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

Introduction Experts play an important and unique role in the adversarial court process as they are required to provide an independent opinion…

Work Permits to involve less Red Tape

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

There is big news for the Industry with a new addition of Geotechnical Engineers to the Shortage Occupations List for Work Permit…

Bothered by unwanted telemarketing calls?

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

Under Government legislation introduced on 1st May 1999 and replaced on 11th December 2003 by the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive)…

Electronic Tenders and Email

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

Both the Loss Prevention WG and the Business Practice WG have raised questions about e-business and email that highlight a degree of…

Cover systems for land regeneration

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

The report prepared by RSK ENSR on behalf of the AGS in partnership with the BRE is now available. Cover systems are…

CSCS – What you need to know

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

The CSCS Scheme was set up in 1995 and there are currently more than 600,000 card holders covering more than 170 occupations.…

AGS Response to Nigel Griffiths, MP

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

On his appointment as Minister for Construction, Nigel Griffiths wrote to all trade associations and professional bodies and invited them to submit…

Soil Quality – BS ISO 17155:2002

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

Determination of Abundance and Activity of Soil Microflora Using Respiratory Curves This standard specifies a test method for determining the activity of…

Electronic Tenders – The Future?

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

A survey of Members in January/February 2003 revealed that a majority have some experience of tendering based on information provided electronically.   Responses were…


Article Ann-Marie Casserly

E-Procurement Extranets, intranets, e-commerce, e-procurement – all words we see regularly in the civil engineering press and hear more frequently in the…


Article Ann-Marie Casserly

In a bid to overcome skill shortages, 15,000 copies of NCE insite go to schools and colleges every term to tell students,…


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