On 25th November, the AGS hosted a webinar entitled, Exchange of Ground Model and Interpreted Data – Introducing AGSi. The event, which was generously sponsored by Jacobs, marked the official launch of AGSi, which has been developed by the AGS Data Management Working Group.
Members of the AGSi sub-working group presented on the new exchange format released as beta during the webinar. Event presenters included Jérôme Chamfray (Chief Geo-Digital Engineer at Jacobs), Neil Chadwick (Independent Consultant & Digital Geotechnical Specialist), David Farmer (Geotechnical Engineer at Arup), Osvaldas Tylenis (Senior Software Engineer at Bentley Systems), Tony Daly (Managing Director at Amageo) and Julian Lovell, (Managing Director, Equipe Group and AGS Chair).
The virtual event was attended by delegates in USA, Canada, Brazil, India, South Africa, Australia, Russia, Malaysia, Europe and beyond. Over 650 delegates registered for the free webinar, which was attended by specialists from various backgrounds including ground specialists, data scientists and software developers.
AGSi is a new format which has been created for anyone involved in the construction or sharing of ground models, whether they be geological, geotechnical, hydrogeological or geo-environmental, or as a solution for anyone who has found themselves looking for:
- An industry standard non-proprietary method for transferring a ground model and/or interpreted geotechnical parameters to another organisation.
- A way of importing your ground model into a BIM model that does not involve lots of reprocessing or data loss.
- A common data format for ground information that your analysis software can understand, making automation of design workflows much easier.
The AGSi documentation is now live and can be accessed via the AGS website, under AGS Data Format (see below extract).
The AGSi sub-working group is looking for volunteers to contribute further in the development of the format so if you are a software developer, ground specialist with some coding experience or interested to learn more please reach out using the AGSi documentation site or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.