Working Group Data Management

The Group created the AGS Data Format in 1992 which has since become the means through which the industry is able to share data from ground investigations. It is now responsible for monitoring its use and revising and updating the format to meet the needs of users.

Strategic Plan

To promote adoption of the new AGS Data Format (Edition 4) for the transfer of ALL geotechnical and geoenvironmental data in the UK by electronic means. To encourage the use of the AGS Format world-wide as the single standard to use for data transfer in our industry. To access the AGS Data Format click here.

Our permanent objectives

  1. Hold regular review meetings with users and other interested parties and maintain the format to meet current requirements. Increase responsiveness of the format to developing needs.
  2. Increase awareness of the format and the benefits available from it.
  3. Extend the format to cover other related forms of data.
  4. Increase international adoption of the format.
  5. Encourage all parties to pass on all project data by electronic means.


Tony Daly Amageo
Christopher Power Mott MacDonald
Ian Linton Soil Engineering
Mike Palmer CH2M
Sarah Valentine Environmental Scientifics Group
Simon Miles Atkins Consultants
Roger Chandler Keynetix Ltd
Mark Bevan Structural Soils Ltd
Steve Walthall Personal Member
David Entwisle British Geological Survey
Romain Arnould Fugro GeoServices Limited
Len Threadgold Geotechnics Ltd
Katie Aguilar Bentley Systems International Ltd
Ian Joyce Bentley Systems International Ltd
David Farmer Arup Geotechnics
Jerome Chamfray Atkins Consultants
Felicity Sims CH2M
Owen Francis BAM Ritchies
James Elson BAM Ritchies
Geotechnical WG Leader Neil Chadwick Arup Geotechnics
Data Management Leader Jackie Bland Geotechnics Ltd
Syd Pycroft Blue Anchor Ground Engineering Ltd
Peter Hepton Environmental Scientifics Group
Ben Wood British Geological Survey


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