The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists (AGS) is a not-for-profit trade association established to improve the profile and quality of geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering. The membership comprises UK organisations and individuals having a common interest in the business of site investigation, geotechnics, geoenvironmental engineering, engineering geology, geochemistry, hydrogeology, and other related disciplines.

Our Mission

  • promote and enhance the quality of professional practice in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering
  • facilitate close liaison between all geotechnical and geoenvironmental organisations
  • champion and represent the geotechnical and geoenvironmental industry
  • represent and uphold Member’s interests in commercial and professional matters
  • agree and publish guidelines on good practice and on ethical and professional matters
  • encourage quality management systems in geotechnical and geoenvironmental work
  • assist and influence decision making within Client organisations

In furtherance of these objectives, meetings and seminars are held each year in various parts of the country and a series of publications have been issued. In addition, an e-magazine, entitled AGS Magazine, is distributed six times a year to key individuals and organisations across all sectors of the industry to publicise the work and progress of the AGS and its working parties and to present informed articles and commentaries on topical issues or events.

Diversity Statement

The AGS is a not-for-profit trade association that is managed by elected individuals from member organisations, none of whom are paid by the AGS. The trade association was established to promote the industry and address the commercial, safety, quality, and sustainability aspects of the members’ activities. We recognise that equity, diversity and inclusion are important aspects of those activities.

We aim to make the industry a welcoming place for all people regardless of how they identify (i.e., gender, race, religion, sexuality, or physical/mental ability) and we are actively seeking to improve representation of people from diverse backgrounds within the industry. To this end we are supporting a graduate mentoring scheme with our partners in the Ground Forum. We also wish to support academia to innovate in its teaching methods and content in order to widen participation.

We ask all our members to challenge themselves to be proactive in ensuring the industry becomes representative of the wider population and to give everyone the best opportunity to realise their potential and contribute to the value of the industry.