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Webinar Sponsorship

Webinar Sponsorship
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The AGS have both Diamond and Gold sponsorship packages available for all webinars.
Packages are limited, however bespoke packages can be developed with companies (subject to space) to suit all budgets.

 

DIAMOND SPONSOR
*one package available per webinar
Price: £800 (members) or £1,100 (non-members)

  • Company website link or pop-up promotion to feature during the live webinar
  • Large logo on sponsor slide during the webinar
  • Company mention during webinar opening & closing address
  • Logo and overview in the event program
  • Company Q&A feature in AGS Magazine (4,250 subscribers)
  • Full page advert in AGS Magazine (worth £400)
  • Two complementary event registrations (worth up to £180)
  • Company logo and overview featured on the webinar registration page
  • Logo featured on promotional marketing emails
  • Company logo and overview on the AGS’ Twitter page (2803 followers)
  • Company logo and overview on the AGS’ LinkedIn page (4128 followers)
  • Company logo featured on replay email campaigns
  • Company mention in a follow up article in AGS Magazine (4,250 subscribers)

 

GOLD SPONSOR
*10 packages available per webinar
Price: £350 (members) or £650 (non-members)

  • Logo on sponsor slide during the webinar
  • Logo and overview in the event program
  • Company mention during webinar opening & closing address
  • Logo featured in promotional marketing emails
  • Company directory insert in AGS Magazine, worth £50 (4,250 subscribers)
  • One complementary webinar registration (worth up to £90)
  • Company logo and overview on the AGS’ Twitter page (2803 followers)
  • Company logo and overview on the AGS’ LinkedIn page (4128 followers)
  • Company mention in a follow up article in AGS Magazine (4,250 subscribers)
  • Company overview on the AGS website
  • Company logo featured on replay email campaigns

All prices exclude VAT.

If your company would like to sponsor any AGS webinars or if you’d like any further information on our events programme, please contact Caroline Kratz on ags@ags.org.uk

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AGS Diversity Statement

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The AGS is a non-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 and quality aspects of the members’ activities. We recognise that equality, diversity and inclusion are an important aspect of those activities.

We are actively seeking to improve representation of people from diverse backgrounds within the industry and make the industry a welcoming place for all genders and those with BAME heritage. To this end we are supporting a graduate mentoring scheme with our partners in the Ground Forum. We are 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.

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AGS Magazine: August 2020

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The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists are pleased to announce the August 2020 issue of their publication; AGS Magazine. To view the magazine click here.

This free, publication focuses on geotechnics, engineering geology and geoenvironmental engineering as well as the work and achievements of the AGS.

There are a number of excellent articles in this issue including;

  • AGS Webinar Programme – Page 4
  • Updated Standards: July 2020 – Page 5
  • Ground investigation – Scottish Law variations – Page 6
  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion within the Geosciences – Page 8
  • The Importance of Field Filtering and Preservation For Dissolved Metals to Prevent Significant Bias in Sampling and Analysis – Page 10
  • Should we get excited about the Mining Waste Directive and DoWCoP? – Page 14
  • Q&A with Steve Hadley of Central Piling – Page 18

Advertising opportunities are available within future issues of the publication. To view rates and opportunities please view our media pack by clicking HERE.

If you have a news story, article, case study or event which you’d like to tell our editorial team about please email ags@ags.org.uk. Articles should act as opinion pieces and not directly advertise a company. Please note that the publication of editorial and advertising content is subject to the discretion of the editorial board.

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2020 Webinar Programme

2020 Webinar Programme
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Following the huge success of our first two webinars, we’re pleased to announce a full programme for 2020. Registration details for the following four events will be announced in due course, but initial details are listed below for your diaries:

Critical Links in Ground Engineering
o Time: 10am
o Date: Wednesday 4th November
o Duration: 4 hours
o Confirmed speakers: Jonathan R A Gammon, (Non-Executive Director / Advisor at Geotechnical Observations Limited and AGS Instrumentation & Monitoring Working Group Leader), Philip Child, (Senior Consultant, Geotechnical Information Management at Bentley Systems), Paul Burton, (Executive Leader at Geotechnics, New Zealand), Dr Andrew Ridley, (Managing Director at Geotechnical Observations Limited) and Julian Lovell, (Managing Director at Equipe Group and AGS Chair)
o Cost: £60 for AGS members or £90 for non-members (ex VAT)
o Sponsorship: Gold packages available

AGSi
o Time: 11am
o Date: Wednesday 25th November
o Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
o Confirmed speakers: Neil Chadwick (Digital geotechnics specialist, Independent consultant) and Jérôme Chamfray BEng (Chief Geo-digital Engineer at Jacobs)
o Cost: Free of charge
o Sponsorship: Diamond and Gold packages available

AGS 4.1
o Time: 11am
o Date: Tuesday 8th December
o Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
o Cost: £30 for AGS members or £45 for non-members (ex VAT)
o Sponsorship: Gold packages available

Sponsorship opportunities are available for all webinars. Please see package details below:

DIAMOND SPONSOR
*one package available per webinar
Price: £800 (members) or £1,100 (non-members)

  • Company website link or pop-up promotion to feature during the live webinar
  • Large logo on sponsor slide during the webinar
  • Company mention during webinar opening & closing address
  • Logo and overview in the event program
  • Company Q&A feature in AGS Magazine (4,250 subscribers)
  • Full page advert in AGS Magazine (worth £400)
  • Two complementary event registrations (worth up to £180)
  • Company logo and overview featured on the webinar registration page
  • Logo featured on promotional marketing emails
  • Company logo and overview on the AGS’ Twitter page (2803 followers)
  • Company logo and overview on the AGS’ LinkedIn page (4128 followers)
  • Company logo featured on replay email campaigns
  • Company mention in a follow up article in AGS Magazine (4,250 subscribers)

GOLD SPONSOR
*10 packages available per webinar
Price: £350 (members) or £650 (non-members)

  • Logo on sponsor slide during the webinar
  • Logo and overview in the event program
  • Company mention during webinar opening & closing address
  • Logo featured in promotional marketing emails
  • Company directory insert in AGS Magazine, worth £50 (4,250 subscribers)
  • One complementary webinar registration (worth up to £90)
  • Company logo and overview on the AGS’ Twitter page (2803 followers)
  • Company logo and overview on the AGS’ LinkedIn page (4128 followers)
  • Company mention in a follow up article in AGS Magazine (4,250 subscribers)
  • Company overview on the AGS website
  • Company logo featured on replay email campaigns

If your company would like to support any AGS webinars or if you’d like any further information on the events, please contact Caroline Kratz on ags@ags.org.uk

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AGS Members vs COVID-19

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In the face of adversity, it is uplifting to hear that during these unusual times created by the COVID-19 constraints many AGS members have adopted new and innovative ways to continue their work. For some members, the reality is the need to adapt to survive but for most it is the adeptness to change behaviour and attitude. Whatever the reason, it is a true sign of how our industry remains flexible and resilient and why it will emerge from this

Members have made widespread changes to how their normally office-based workers can continue to play an active part in the company activities or just simply carry out their normal work activities. In response to the ‘Stay Home Stay Safe Protect the NHS’ guidelines, many have set up home offices which have included some innovative woodwork solutions to create desk space or just a take-over of the family dining table. Some have decided to spice it up by moving around the house each day. We hear about daily and weekly virtual meetings and the words ‘Teams’ and ‘Zoom’ have now become part of everyday language. We are now used to seeing our colleagues with headsets on. Oh! and the long hair.

The site-based activities have seen the largest disruption, change of processes and attitude. Whilst some sites have secured everything and literally closed the gates others have developed new working methods to keep them active. New policies and procedures have been developed with enhanced social distancing, hygiene, security, isolation, travel and transport aspects to cover COVID-19 requirements. Access to sites other than the critical workers have been reduced or banned. Site meetings have been taking place in the compound and we have all seen images of everybody standing 2m apart or walking around the sites 2m apart. Strange images which highlight what a truly unusual time this is.

We have also seen collaboration, not a common sight in our industry, which has resulted in innovative solutions and significant changes in working practices and behaviour. Other controls have also been implemented such as exclusion zones and new manual handling aids. Many of these changes could lead to a better and safer way of working well after COVID-19 has been supressed.

Training has also been greatly affected by the travel restrictions and social distancing requirements which rapidly made face to face training impossible. Although the delivery of the training has been affected the need is still there with members contacting the industry training providers on a daily basis for remote or on-line accessible courses. In response, the industry training specialists have started to deliver remote training. Equipe and LQM are now delivering remote training with live trainers for their Non-Licensed Work with Asbestos in Soils courses. Equipe are also due to launch their GEO Academy which will be a state of the art on-demand learning platform for geotechnical professionals and site operatives.

So is the industry laughing in the face of adversity or merely smiling. Well I’ll take a smile at this time as I know this will help us focus on the positives of which there are many. With a positive attitude, the industry will not only survive but be in a better place when we eventually return to ‘normal’ times.

Article provided by Julian Lovell, AGS Chair, Managing Director, Equipe Group

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Ground Engineering’s Transport Geotechnics conference

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The AGS has secured a special discount for members on delegate passes for Ground Engineering’s new Transport Geotechnics conference this autumn.

Design, construction and maintenance of geotechnical assets on transport infrastructure will be placed under the spotlight at GE’s new conference, which will be held on 3 October at the Victoria Park Plaza hotel in London.

The event will be co-located with GE’s established Basement and Underground Structures conference with a shared exhibition and networking area.

The latest speakers to be confirmed for the Transport Geotechnics event will ensure discussions cover client, consultant and contractor perspective on the current issues affecting geotechnical assets.

The keynote speech will be delivered by Jacobs technical director for ground engineering Christina Jackson and she will look at the challenges and opportunities for the industry.

Case study presentations will give detailed insight into the construction of the Bexhill North Access Road, Cambrian rock cutting, A9 dualling project and the A19 Coast Road. Best practice will also be considered with presentations from Aecom executive director John Endicott on geotechnical baseline reports and Fugro global director Rob Eddies on the value added by undertaking early ground investigation. Proactive monitoring and the use of data in asset management will be discussed.

The event will conclude with a panel debate on rising to the challenge of delivering future projects on time, on cost and with technical excellence. Keynote speaker Jackson will be joined by British Drilling Association chairman Martyn Brocklesby, Mott MacDonald major projects portfolio director Chris Dulake and Kier managing director for infrastructure Sean Jeffery.

For full details and for booking information, go to www.transport.geplus.co.uk and use the code AGS20 to get 20% off the current delegate price. The discount is only available on new bookings.

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AGS Magazine: May/June issue

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The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists are pleased to announce the May/June issue of their new bi-monthly publication; AGS Magazine. To view the magazine click HERE.

This free, bimonthly publication focuses on geotechnics, engineering geology and geoenvironmental engineering as well as the work and achievements of the AGS.

There are a number of excellent articles in this month’s issue including;

Coal Authority calls for full consideration of legacy issues – Page 6
Geotechnica 2018: Preview – Page 8
Guide to Loss Prevention – Page 12
Sustainable Remediation The role of the geotechnical specialist – Page 16
AGS Members’ Day 2018: An overview – Page 18
Porosity and permeability values: Filling the gaps with NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) – Page 20

Advertising opportunities are available within future issues of the publication. To view rates and opportunities please view our media pack by clicking HERE.

If you have a news story, article, case study or event which you’d like to tell our editorial team about please email ags@ags.org.uk. Articles should act as opinion pieces and not directly advertise a company. Please note that the publication of editorial and advertising content is subject to the discretion of the editorial board.

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Sponsorship opportunities for, Ground Risk: why take the chance? A lessons learnt conference

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The Association of Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Specialists are pleased to announce that their upcoming ground risk conference will take place on Wednesday 12th September 2018 at the Cavendish Conference Centre in London.

Ground Risk: why take the chance? A lessons learnt conference is a full day event which will investigate the current risks within the Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental arena. The event will look at topics including risk management for basement excavation, Ground Gas Risk – The Risk from Incorrect Characterisation and An Overview of Legal Developments under Part IIA and Contaminated Land.

The event will not only see top industry experts present and educate on topical issues and concerns, but also provide an excellent marketing platform for companies who wish to increase their profile and raise awareness of their company initiatives through the use of sponsorship.

Our available sponsorship packages are as follows;

GOLD SPONSORSHIP PACKAGE
• Entry for two delegates into the event
• A designated area to exhibit company initiatives, research and software. This exhibition space can also showcase marketing materials, literature and banners
• Company logo on the event PowerPoint presentation holding slide
• Company logo and overview on the event programme
• Company overview on the AGS website
• Announcement of your company’s involvement on the AGS Twitter page
• Inclusion of your company’s support on the AGS’ LinkedIn page

SILVER SPONSORSHIP PACKAGE
• Entry for one delegate into the event
• Company logo on event PowerPoint Presentation holding slide
• Company logo on the event programme
• Company overview on the AGS website
• Announcement of your company’s involvement on the AGS Twitter page

For price points and further information regarding sponsorship please email ags@ags.org.uk before Friday 24th August. Please note that sponsorship places are limited and will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.

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Ground Risk: Why Take the Chance? A Lessons Learnt Conference

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The Association of Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Specialists are pleased to announce that their upcoming ground risk conference will take place on Wednesday 12th September 2018 at the Cavendish Conference Centre in London.

Ground Risk: why take the chance? A lessons learnt conference is a full day, CPD event organised by the Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists, which will provide a focus on how ground risk can be identified, quantified, and measured for the whole project team using cutting edge technology allied with professional experience. It’ll also look at specific areas where we can improve the quality of contaminated land assessment and the risk associated with getting it wrong.

Ground Risk: Why Take the Chance? is aimed at attendees involved in construction projects from concept and planning through to implementation and not solely for geotechnical engineering specialists to help drive a change in the way ground risk is considered in the UK and beyond.

Speakers for the event include Stephen Tromans, who is recognised as one of the leading practitioners in Environmental Law in the UK, award-winning geologist, Jacqueline Skipper, Dr Andrew Smith, Coffey and Brownfield Briefing and GE Award winners, Arcadis.

 

Speakers and synopsis for the event include:

Ground Risk – Where do I start?
Dr Jacqueline Skipper, Senior Partner and Senior Geologist at the Geotechnical Consulting Group

Ground risk is often considered in terms of properties or features of the ground that create risks for construction, and this is of course a fascinating subject –  but is that really all we have to consider? In construction projects,  ground risk also concerns knowledge, communication and contracts. In this presentation I’ll be exploring these areas of the subject and looking at how we can interact, positively or negatively.

Managing Risk for a Deep Basement Excavation
Dr Andrew Smith, Technical Director at Coffey Geotechnics

The ICD Brookfield development will comprise a 290m tall tower with a 7-level basement (the deepest basement in Dubai). A 5-level basement was previously constructed on the site along with all the foundation piles. The basement was later backfilled when construction ceased in 2009.

The risks on this project were predominantly associated with the previous construction. Particular challenges included the deepening of the basement, the construction of new deeper temporary retaining walls, pile re-use and construction in close proximity to adjacent structures. In addition, this is the first construction in Dubai where removable anchors have been used.
The presentation describes how the risks were assessed and how a basement construction strategy was developed to manage them.

The Application of Advanced Continuous Surface Wave Data to Managing Ground Risk
Chris Milne, Director at Ground Stiffness Surveys

Advanced Continuous Surface Wave (ACSW) testing has been developed as a cost-effective non-intrusive means for obtaining ground profiles for geotechnical engineering. Data provided by ACSW includes accurate ground stiffness profiles at a known strain, shear wave velocity profiles (for seismic design, liquefaction assessment, rock quality assessment and for evaluation of soil properties) and Rayleigh wave velocity data (for high speed rail design). The robust, rapid and low-risk nature of the ACSW technique has resulted in its use across a range of challenging construction conditions including high-risk services environments, active construction sites and time-constrained highways and rail sites. The speed and cost-effectiveness of ACSW has the potential to significantly reduce geotechnical risk by supplementing traditional investigation and testing, as well as providing an alternative means of assessing difficult-to-investigate features such mineshafts, natural cavities and problematic ground. Advances in ACSW technology, recent applications for ground risk reduction and opportunities in this growing field are outlined.

Investigation and Treatment of Chalk Solution Features – Changing Risk Profile with Additional Information
Allan Bell, Regional Director at Hydrock

This talk will present a case study for the investigation and treatment of Chalk Solution Features. It will discuss:
• changes in the risk profile as the project progressed;
• the changing investigation methods and mitigation measures as the project progressed and the risk profile changed; and
• the clients change in approach to risk as their confidence in the data and their understanding of risk increased; and
• agreement of the changes with the NHBC.

The presentation will show changes in the clients acceptance of risk as the amount of data increases and their understanding of risk increase.

Identifying and Minimising Risk through a Value Engineered Geotechnical Solution & Case Study: 36hrs Inside Queen Street Tunnel, Glasgow
Natalie Bews, Senior Engineering Geologist and Eric Downey, Senior Engineering Geologist at Structural Soils

The initial presentation will highlight the risk of undertaking a development (structure/property) without a sufficiently scoped ground investigation. A review by the National Economic Development Office (NEDO) of 8,000 commercial buildings found that over 66% of the projects over run by at least a month. Analysis of these showed that 50% had overrun due to unforeseen ground conditions.

The case study will focus on a railway tunnel in Scotland, where a large amount of ground investigation coring and drilling work was required to be undertaken over a New Year. The ground conditions were unknown but after conducting a trial shift the drilling methodology was chosen to maximise the productivity of the New Year works. This case study identifies how the significant project risks were reduced with the collaboration of the Client in early engagement and allowing of a trial shift prior to the main works.

An Overview of Legal Developments under Part IIA and Contaminated Land
Stephen Tromans, QC, 39 Essex Chambers

An overview of legal developments under Part IIA and contaminated land more generally

Ground Gas Risk – The Risk from Incorrect Characterisation
Gavin Allsopp, Principal Geo-environmental Engineer at NHBC

The presentation will highlight the risks associated with undertaking residential developments without adequate gas risk assessments being completed before construction starts on site. It will present some case studies of sites were the gas regime and required gas protection mitigation measures have not been fully characterised before construction commences, the implications this can have and how these were rectified to ensure safe development.

Waste Classification for Soils – An AGS Practitioners’ Guide
Mike Plimmer, Technical Director at Geotechnical & Environmental Associates

It is apparent that the classification of waste soils (as either hazardous or non-hazardous) is not always completed in accordance with relevant legislation and UK Guidance. This may be because the process is not widely understood, because it is overly complex for the non-chemist, or because it is impractical in contaminated land applications where waste assessment and disposal often occurs over very short timescales. It is still common practice for comparison with landfill waste acceptance criteria to be used (incorrectly) as a substitute for waste classification.

The aim of the AGS Practitioners’ Guide, which will be introduced in this presentation, is to provide a simplified process for the sampling and classification of waste soils on straightforward sites. The Guide will point towards further information and guidance for dealing with these more complex situations. It is not intended that this Guidance duplicates or supersedes the comprehensive guidance on the classification of waste that has been published by the UK Environment Agencies. Rather, it is intended as supplementary guidance, specifically aimed at the classification of waste soil. Users of this Guide are expected to be familiar with the content of Technical Guidance WM3.

Creosote-Tar Seepage Portslade Beach
George Flower, Technical Director GeoScience at Arcadis Consulting

Following winter 2013-14 storms, beach sand was lost and a new outcrop of “crocodile – skin” emerged at lowest spring tides.
From its “scales” wept black ribbons of neat creosote tars.
Obnoxious odours wafted towards Local residents, the water shimmered in a way that it should not; Councillors were concerned, Public Health England informed, Environment Agency engaged.

The former Portslade Gas Works was the key suspect, but this was some 200m distance, and why a problem now, nearly 80 yrs since gas production hey day?
This presentation explains the characterisation process and methods, details some of the techniques employed, and how those were key to development of a detailed CSM, enabling resolution of the unique path the offensive tars were taking.

AGS members may attend the conference for £140 (plus VAT) per person. Non-AGS members will be charged at £210 (plus VAT). A 15% discount will apply to two or more delegates attending from the same company. Please note there is an early bird offer running until 31st July.

To register for the event, please complete the below registration form and return it to ags@ags.org.uk before Tuesday 4th September.

AGS Ground Risk registration form 2018

Two sponsorship packages are available for companies both inside and outside of the AGS. For full information please contact ags@ags.org.uk before Friday 24th August.

EVENT SPONSORS

Ambisense
AmbiSense is a technology company operating in the environmental sector. We build real-time sensor platforms to generate unique insight about a multitude of industrial and environmental problems to help our customers solve complex environmental problems. Our signature product, GasfluX is the world’s first continuous gas and flow monitoring device for ground-gas applications. The technology enables, real-time monitoring of landfills, brownfield sites, onshore O&G facilities and industrial sites
www.ambisense.net/

Envirolab
Envirolab provides laboratory services spanning a broad organic and inorganic portfolio. Our reputation for excellence is built on continually providing our clients with reliable results delivered on time and within budget. Our UKAS and MCERTS accreditations guarantee our commitment to quality. We are the utterly reliable analytical laboratory.
www.envlab.co.uk

Quantum Geotechnical
Quantum Geotechnical, based in South Wales and South West England, working nationwide, provides a comprehensive service across the ground investigation, geotechnical contracting and geotechnical consultancy sectors. We have a specialist fleet of multi-purpose drilling rigs, a UKAS accredited in-house laboratory and a team of experienced and chartered engineers and geologists.
www.quantum-geotech.co.uk

Geotechnical & Environmental Associates
GEA is a well-established and independent geotechnical and geoenvironmental specialist consultant providing a high-quality service to the property and construction industries. Our services include site characterisation, ground investigation and reporting, complex ground movement analyses, with particular expertise in basements, deep foundations and buried infrastructure, contamination assessments and remediation appraisals, foundation analysis and expert advice.
www.gea-ltd.co.uk

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.
https://geoeng.co.uk/

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.
www.soil-engineering.co.uk

Structural Soils
Structural Soils Ltd has evolved into a national, multidisciplinary integrated, geotechnical and geo-environmental Site Investigation Company with the proven capability, capacity and confidence to undertake contracts of any size, in any location and virtually any scope. The company undertakes contracts across the UK through its offices in Bristol, Castleford, Coventry, Glasgow, Hemel Hempstead and Tonbridge.
www.soils.co.uk

In Situ Site Investigation
In Situ Site Investigation is a specialist geotechnical and geo-environmental site investigation company, which specialises in the use of Cone Penetration Testing techniques including seismic, shear vane, video cone, pressuremeter and magnetometer. Our specialised rigs enable us to work in most locations including railways, marine, brownfield sites, river slopes and rugged, mountainous terrain.

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Landmark
Landmark’s Envirocheck provides industry-leading site-specific environmental reports that analyse and assess risks for Phase 1 studies. The Envirocheck Analysis digital platform and mobile app was launched to revolutionise site assessments by enabling users to instantly overlay an extensive archive of historical mapping and environmental data, online, to immediately determine associated risks.
http://www.envirocheck.co.uk/

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AGS Members’ Day 2018 – Programme

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AGS Members’ Day 2018 is taking place on Wednesday 11th April at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.

Celebrating 30 years of the AGS, this full day event will see a series of industry experts present on topics such as sustainable remediation, Eurocode 7, sheer box testing and mineworking remediation. There will also be an extended Annual General Meeting and summary reports on each of the AGS’ Working Groups;

Introduction
Neil Parry, AGS Chair and Technical Director at Geotechnical Engineering

Business Practice Working Group Report
Sally Hudson, Regional Manager at Coffey

Data Format Working Group Report
Jackie Bland, IT Manager at Geotechnics

Loss Prevention Working Group Report
Hugh Mallet, Technical Director at BuroHappold Engineering

Working with the new BS ISO 18504:2017 – Sustainable remediation
Dr Paul Nathanail‎, Managing Director at Land Quality Management

Geotechnical Working Group Report
Neil Chadwick, Associate, Geotechnics at Arup

Laboratories Working Group Report
Dimitris Xirouchakis, Director of Laboratories at Structural Soils

Contaminated Land Working Group Report
Vivien Dent, Associate Technical Director, RSK

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes: Eurocode 7 in 202X
Andrew Bond, Director at Geocentrix

Safety Working Group Report
Adam Latimer, Director at Ian Farmer Associates

AGM and Awards

Bridging the Gap between Investigation, Testing, Design and Construction – Case Study and Panel Discussion
Yuli Doulala-Rigby (Tensar International), Dr. Gary Fowmes (Warwick University), Tracey Radford, (Atkins), Dave Hutchinson (ex Network Rail), Jim Webster (Kier Chief Materials Engineer), Patrick Waterhouse (Bowdon Consulting) and Dimitris Xirouchakis (Structural Soils). Panel discussion to be compared by Claire Smith (Editor of Ground Engineering Magazine).

Mineworking Remediation
Scott O’Neill-Gwilliams, Technical Director at AECOM

Legal issues in connection with the use of the AGS Digital Data format

Guy Lane, Partner at BLM

Closing Summary
Neil Parry, AGS Chair and Technical Director at Geotechnical Engineering

The programme can be viewed here.

MEMBERS’ DAY SPONSORS

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.
www.soil-engineering.co.uk

AmbiSense
AmbiSense is a technology company operating in the environmental sector. We build real-time sensor platforms to generate unique insight about a multitude of industrial and environmental issues to help our customers solve complex environmental problems. Our signature product, GasfluX is the world’s first continuous gas and flow monitoring device for ground-gas applications. The technology enables, real-time monitoring of landfills, brownfield sites, onshore O&G facilities and industrial sites.
www.ambisense.net

Concept
Concept specialises in the design and implementation of highly complex geotechnical, geo-environmental and structural site investigations. Our client base includes some of the UK’s largest Engineering Consultancies, Developers, Project Managers and Public Bodies.
We offer a one stop planning, contracting and when required interpretative service which includes every aspect of investigative work required for a new development.
www.conceptconsultants.com

Envirolab
Envirolab provides laboratory services spanning a broad organic and inorganic portfolio. Our reputation for excellence is built on continually providing our clients with reliable results delivered on time and within budget. Our UKAS and MCERTS accreditations guarantee our commitment to quality. We are the utterly reliable analytical laboratory.
www.envlab.co.uk

Fugro
Fugro provides geo-intelligence and asset integrity services worldwide. With experts in testing, mapping, measuring and investigating the built and natural environments we help clients reduce uncertainty and manage risk. We offer clients the widest range of site investigation capabilities to deliver a digital replica of the subsurface.
www.fugro.com

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.
www.geoeng.co.uk/

i2 Analytical
i2 Analytical is an leading independent testing and analytical laboratory. Our Geotechnical department supports a range of sectors including Civil Engineering and GeoEnvironmental contractors/consultants. We also have expertise in asbestos testing and perform a range of chemical analyses using state of the art techniques on waters, soils and associated materials.
www.i2analytical.com

In Situ Site Investigation
In Situ Site Investigation is a multi-national specialist geotechnical and geo-environmental site investigation company, which specialises in the use of Cone Penetration Testing (CPT) techniques including seismic, shear vane, video cone, pressuremeter, magnetometer, MiHpt & MOSTAP sampling. Our specialised rigs enable us to work in most locations including railways, marine, Brownfield sites, river slopes and rugged, mountainous terrain.
www.insitusi.com

Land Science
We are an established ground investigation specialist in contaminated land and ground engineering projects for public and private clients in a wide range of scenarios including development, infrastructure, civil engineering, legal, and regulatory. We have bases in London and the South and operate our own rigs and a geotechnical laboratory.
www.landscience.co.uk

Lankelma
Lankelma is a leading company in the field of Cone Penetration Testing (CPT) & site investigation for construction projects both onland and overwater. With our large fleet of CPT rigs and ingrained knowledge we go beyond simply supplying accurate and reliable data, and provide our clients with high-value interpretation and engineering input for their projects.
www.lankelma.co.uk/

NHBC
Established in 1936, NHBC sets standards for its registered house builders and works to improve the construction quality of the homes they build. This is ultimately for the benefit of homeowners.
NHBC is a non-profit distributing organisation with no shareholders that dedicates resources and technical expertise to support the industry in raising the standards of new homes.
www.nhbc.co.uk/lqe

Quantum Geotechnical
Quantum Geotechnical, based in South Wales and South West England, working nationwide, provides a comprehensive service across the ground investigation, geotechnical contracting and geotechnical consultancy sectors. We have a specialist fleet of multi-purpose drilling rigs, a UKAS accredited in-house laboratory and a team of experienced and chartered engineers and geologists.
www.quantum-geotech.co.uk

Robertson Geologging
Robertson Geologging (RG) pioneered the development of wireline conveyed, slim-hole, digital logging systems and techniques. With extensive international experience of providing geophysical instrumentation and onsite services, RG operates in the geotechnical, mining, water, environmental and hydrocarbon sectors. RG headquarters in North Wales house the main design, development and assembly capability.
www.geologging.com

SOCOTEC
As a leading geotechnical services provider, SOCOTEC – formerly ESG – offers a diverse range of geotechnical and geoenvironmental investigation capabilities. From deep boring, wireline drilling and dynamic sampling to specialist in situ testing, in-house laboratories and engineering consultancy, SOCOTEC’s service offering covers the whole project lifecycle, through design, construction and the built stages.
www.socotec.co.uk

Structural Soils
Structural Soils Ltd has evolved into a national, multidisciplinary integrated, geotechnical and geo-environmental Site Investigation Company with the proven capability, capacity and confidence to undertake contracts of any size, in any location and virtually any scope. The company undertakes contracts across the UK through its offices in Bristol, Castleford, Coventry, Glasgow, Hemel Hempstead and Tonbridge.
www.soils.co.uk

Landmark Information
Landmark’s Envirocheck provides industry-leading site-specific environmental reports that analyse and assess risks for Phase 1 studies. The Envirocheck Analysis digital platform and mobile app was launched to revolutionise site assessments by enabling users to instantly overlay an extensive archive of historical mapping and environmental data, online, to immediately determine associated risks.
www.landmark.co.uk

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AGS Members’ Day 2018: sponsorship opportunities

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We’re pleased to announce that AGS Members’ Day is taking place on Wednesday 11th April 2018 at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.

This full day seminar is open to both members and non-members of the AGS and sees approximately 150 geotechnical and geoenvironmental consultants, contractors, solicitors and insurance company representatives in attendance. The day features summaries from each of our seven working groups, looking at the work they have accomplished over the past 12 months, and also a series of external presentations from industry experts on topics relevant to our industry, such as a client’s view on site investigation, sustainable remediation, EC7 and communicated geosciences.

This year we have three sponsorship opportunities available;

PLATINUM SPONSORSHIP*
• Company logo on each attending delegates lanyard
• Half page advert in AGS Magazine**
• Entry for two delegates into the event
• A designated area (6ft x 2.5ft) to exhibit company initiatives, research and software. This exhibition space can also showcase marketing materials, literature and banners
• Company logo on the event PowerPoint presentation holding slide
• Company logo and overview on the event programme
• Company overview on the AGS website
• Two announcements of your company’s involvement on the AGS Twitter page
• Announcement of your company’s involvement on the AGS’ LinkedIn page
*One package available only
**terms and conditions apply

GOLD SPONSORSHIP PACKAGE
• Entry for two delegates into the event
• A designated area (6ft x 2.5ft) to exhibit company initiatives, research and software. This exhibition space can also showcase marketing materials, literature and banners
• Company logo on the event PowerPoint presentation holding slide
• Company logo and overview on the event programme
• Company overview on the AGS website
• Announcement of your company’s involvement on the AGS Twitter page
• Announcement of your company’s involvement on the AGS’ LinkedIn page

SILVER SPONSORSHIP PACKAGE
• Entry for one delegate into the event
• Company logo on event PowerPoint Presentation holding slide
• Company logo on the event programme
• Company overview on the AGS website
• Announcement of your company’s involvement on the AGS Twitter page

Special rates for members of the AGS apply.

For price points and further information please email Caroline Kratz on ags@ags.org.uk