AGS Annual Conference 2022

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AGS Annual Conference 2022
2022-07-0606th Jul 2022
Warwickshire Event Centre, Leamington Spa

The AGS are pleased to announce that their Annual Conference 2022 will be taking place on Wednesday 6th July 2022 at Warwickshire Event Centre in Leamington Spa.

The conference will be held on the first day of Geotechnica and is free to attend for all AGS members and non-members.

This full day networking event will see guest speakers present on a variety of hot topics, and short presentations from each of the AGS Working Group Leaders.

Please click here to register your attendance for the conference.

Event Programme


Landslides and Climate Change: a Rapidly Evolving Geoenvironmental Challenge
Dave Petley, Vice President for Innovation, The University of Sheffield
Landslides are one of the most pervasive hazards worldwide, generating high economic, social and human costs.  Slopes are sensitive to environmental forcing, most notably to changes in extreme events.  There is widespread concern about the potential impacts of climate change on slope behaviour, and thus on potential losses.
Using a unique long term dataset of fatal landslides, this presentation will examine the ways in which climate change is causing changes in landslide occurrence.  Four specific situations will be examined:
a. The impacts on slopes of the increases in peak rainfall intensities that are being seen in many environments;
b. The effects of wildfires in causing changes to vegetation and soil conditions, driving changes in the frequency of  mudslide and mudflow events;
c. The effects of high altitude and high latitude permafrost melting on slope behaviour; and
d. Changes in complex cascading landslide hazards, especially in high mountain environments.
These four settings will be used to draw some conclusions about the implications of climate change for geoenvironmental activities.


CL:AIRE Good Practice for Risk Assessment for Coal Mine Gas Emissions

Steve Wilson, Technical Director, The Environmental Protection Group Limited

Steve will discuss the recent CL:AIRE guidance on mine gas risk assessment including a comparison of the approach to investigation and assessment of mine gas into buildings at a site in Gorebridge in Scotland with that adopted more recently at a site in Northumberland


The full event programme will be confirmed in due course.


Sally Hudson
AGS Chair and Regional Director 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.

David Petley
Vice President for Innovation, The University of Sheffield

Dave Petley joined the University of Sheffield in the role of Vice-President for Research and Innovation in November 2016 having previously been Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at the University of East Anglia.  Dave is a geographer and earth scientist with a strong interest in the development and support of research and innovation at the national, regional and institutional levels.  Since January 2020 he has been the Vice-President for Innovation.

Dr Nick Koor
Reader in Geological Engineering, University of Portsmouth (School of the Environment, Geography and Geoscience)

Nick is an Engineering Geologist who currently teaches Geomechanics at the University of Portsmouth to both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students.

Prior to being an academic, Nick worked for 22 years on major Civil Engineering and Building Engineering projects in both the UK and Asia.

He is the current Chair of the University Geoscience UK committee and is leading the development of a Degree Apprenticeship in Geoscience.

Steve Wilson
Technical Director at The Environmental Protection Group Limited

Steve has spent the past 30 years trying to reduce over conservatism in ground gas risk assessment.  He has contributed to most of the recent UK guidance.  He is a Chartered Engineer, a Society of Brownfield Risk Assessment (SoBRA) Accredited risk assessor and a UK Registered Ground Engineering Adviser.  Steve is one of the authors of the CL:AIRE Good Practice for Risk Assessment for Coal Mine Gas Emissions.