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AGS Annual Conference 2021

The AGS are pleased to announce that the Annual Conference is back at the National Motorcycle this year on Wednesday 22nd September.

This full day seminar is open to both Members and non-Members of the AGS and will focus on the work, findings and achievements of the geotechnical and geoenvironmental industry. A full speaker programme will be released in due course.

We have a limited number of complimentary tickets available for AGS Member companies (T&C apply). Additional tickets cost £60 for Members and £120 for non-Members (prices ex. VAT).

To register to attend this year’s event please fill out a registration form and return to before Friday 10th September.

Click here to download the AGS Annual Conference registration form

Event Programme

The importance of Geo Engineers in the response to the symptoms of a changing climate: Luke Swain, Principal Route Engineer (Geotech), Network Rail

This keynote presentation will look at what climate change means for our industry, and discuss how Geotech/Geo Environment graduates of all levels can adjust to ensure we are focused on asset resilience and recovery as we inevitably will be suffering from the symptoms of warming global temperatures. 

Misuse of Monitoring and Testing: Ian Webber, Managing Director, Coffey Geotechnics Limited

The presentation discusses the misuse of monitoring and testing regimes.  The mistakes that have been made are illustrated by case histories some of which have ended in litigation.  Examples include Inclinometer testing, pile records, integrity testing, basement movement monitoring and pile testing.  The lessons learnt are primarily about the mis interpretation of test and monitoring results and the need to maintain a link between the designer, the ground conditions and the monitoring results.


This annual event has proven to provide an excellent platform for companies looking to increase their profile and raise awareness of their company initiatives through the use our sponsorship packages.

We currently have a limited number of Emerald, Gold and Silver sponsorship packages available, please click HERE for full details.

If you’d like to confirm your support please email Caroline Kratz on before Friday 6th August.

Event Sponsors


SOCOTEC is the UK’s leading provider of testing, inspection and compliance services, with comprehensive solutions in Infrastructure & Energy, Environment & Safety, Building Control and Fire Consultancy. Committed to continuous improvement, innovation and quality, SOCOTEC delivers tailored solutions to meet clients’ challenges, including an integrated package of site investigation services. For more information please visit


Soil Engineering

With over 50 years of experience, Soil Engineering are one of the country’s foremost Ground Investigation and Specialist Grouting Contractors. The comprehensive in-house geotechnical laboratory, continually updated plant fleet, and ongoing investment in training and staff development, allow Soil Engineering to provide a reliable and cost-effective solution for any geotechnical project, throughout the UK. For more information please visit

Concept Engineering Consultants

Concept Engineering is an innovative and dynamic site investigation specialist, with over 20 years’ experience providing award-winning geotechnical, environmental and structural investigation services and advice. Concept operate nationally from ISO and UKAS accredited offices and laboratories in London, Coventry and Yorkshire using a fleet of in house rigs and resources. For more information please visit


Insitu Site Investigation

In Situ Site Investigation is a specialist geotechnical and geo-environmental site investigation company carrying out all aspects of Cone Penetration Testing (CPT) techniques as well as all methods of Pressuremeters. Our expanding array of rigs and equipment enable us to work on any site across the UK and worldwide. For more information please visit


BAM Ritchies

BAM Ritchies is the ground engineering division of BAM Nuttall. We provide fully integrated services for a wide range of main contractors – both public and private sector, from small local projects to national infrastructure projects. Over 60 years, we’ve built a reputation as the go-to ground engineering team for complex problem solving and best-value, sustainable delivery – with no surprises. For more information please visit


Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical Engineering Ltd is the UK’s largest privately-owned ground investigation contractor, renowned for providing a range of innovative ground investigation services for thousands of land-based projects since 1961. From Utility Surveying to all aspects of ground investigation and having our own UKAS accredited laboratory, we are proud to call ourselves industry experts. For more information please visit 


Structural Soils

Structural Soils Ltd has evolved into an award winning national, multidisciplinary, integrated geotechnical and geoenvironmental site-investigation company with the proven capability, capacity and confidence to undertake contracts of any size, in any location and virtually any scope. In 2020, we won ‘The Big 3’ GE awards,  Ground Investigation Specialist of the year, Contractor of the Year, Ground Investigation Project of the Year. For more information please visit or contact us at


RST Instruments

RST Instruments’ fully integrated suite of geotechnical monitoring sensors gives our clients the reliable, real-time data they need to save time, money and, most importantly, reduce risk at every stage of their projects. For over 40 years, we’ve been a trusted partner to engineers, consultants and contractors, providing engineered instrumentation, custom solutions and matchless industry expertise to keep clients’ projects–and reputations–safe.  For more information please visit


ACS Testing

ACS provide a seamless all-in-one service for geotechnical and chemical laboratory testing, site investigation and geotechnical and contaminated land consultancy. ACS delivers high quality testing of construction materials, and substances that are harmful to health, property and the environment, while offering a first-class professional service tailored to our client’s requirements. For more information please visit:


i2 Analytical

i2 are a leading independent environmental testing laboratory, which performs a full range of chemical and geotechnical analyses to MCerts and ISO 17025 accreditation. Using the newest laboratory techniques we provide testing solutions for soils, waters, leachates, air, building and waste materials. For more information, please visit:


Landmark Information

Landmark Geodata, part of Landmark Information, provides digital mapping, site-specific environmental risk information and consultancy to the property industry.  We are the leading licensed partner of Ordnance Survey® and also maintain the UK’s largest collection of historical maps dating back to the 1840s. Our flagship data solutions – Promap and Envirocheck – with over 20,000 users, provides vital intelligence to architects, surveyors, planners, environmental professionals, real estate lawyers and developers.  For further information visit:


Geosense is a leading UK manufacturer of Geotechnical Instruments for the Geotechnical, structural, mining and site investigation industries. Geosense specialises in Vibrating Wire, MEMS & wireless technology to provide real-time trusted data. Utilising our expertise, clients have installed our sensors across more than 75 countries on some of the world’s largest and most prestigious projects. For further information visit: 


Sally Hudson
AGS Chair and Regional Manager & Associate at Coffey Geotechnics Limited, A Tetra Tech Company

Sally has 30 years’ experience in the ground engineering industry and has responsibility for the delivery and management of geotechnical risk on a wide range of projects.

She has worked in the site investigation field for specialist contractors and for design consultancies on many major transport and energy infrastructure schemes, on earthworks design schemes and asset management in the road, rail and energy sectors.

Sally has more recently concentrated on business development and technical management of geotechnical operations within Coffey in the UK and is a past AGS Business Practice Working Group Leader.

Luke Swain
Principal Route Engineer (Geotech) Network Rail

Luke Swain is a Geotechnical Engineer at Network Rail. He is responsible for the managing of Geotechnical Assets on the UK railway infrastructure, with a working area that includes the West Coast Mainlines. He is a Chartered Geologist with 15 years of experience in Engineering Geology.

Ian Webber
Managing Director at Coffey Geotechnics

Ian has over 35 years’ experience in geotechnics, specialising in providing design services (including alternative designs) to contractors on design and construct and DBFO schemes throughout the UK and Ireland. His particular expertise is in earthworks design, geotechnical processes and buildability, deep excavations, bridge substructures and retaining walls.  In recent years Ian has been regularly called upon to provide expert evidence in relation to claims and litigation on a variety of geotechnical subjects.  He has provided expert testimony in cases where the value of the geotechnical claim has been in excess of £175 million.