UK Specification for Ground Investigation – revision update

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The UK Specification for Ground Investigation, published by ICE Publishing, is currently undergoing a revision. The revised Third Edition has been produced by a working group led by the Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists (AGS) with the support of major clients such as Highways England and Network Rail and other industry bodies such as the British Geotechnical Association (BGA), British Drilling Association (BDA) and Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS). The Third Edition will bring the document up to date, ensuring consistency with all current good practice, relevant standards and codes of practice. The new edition of the Specification has been expanded to include various new investigation techniques and practices that have been developed and entered routine use since the Second Edition was published in 2011.

A draft version for public comment has been released, with comments from industry to be returned by Friday 30th July 2021. All members of the industry are encouraged to review the draft and return any comments they have, and to help spread awareness of the draft amongst colleagues, to ensure this new edition will best serve the industry for years to come. The draft document and commenting template are available from the AGS website using the following link:

It is anticipated that the Third Edition UK Specification for Ground Investigation will be published in the first quarter of 2022.