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UK Specification for Ground Investigation (third edition) – Now Available for Purchase

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We’re pleased to announce the launch of the third edition of the UK Specification for Ground Investigation – also known as ‘Yellow Book.’

This latest edition of Yellow Book as been revised by an industry working group led by the AGS, and provides best practice guidance for designing and executing good-quality ground investigations that will allow clients and land developers to manage the risks and help to reduce project time and costs.

Ground investigations are an essential part of the design process for any structure and land condition assessment. They are used to validate the ground model, assess ground risk, obtain geotechnical data for design and geoenvironmental data for the assessment of the risk to human health. Yellow Book will help to protect construction professionals and clients, from unexpected ground conditions during construction. Updates in this edition take account of changes to health, safety and environmental legislation, numerous new British Standards and industry guidance.

The UK Specification for Ground Investigation is essential for all ground practitioners involved in ground investigation, including geotechnical engineers, engineering geologists, environmental scientists, instrumentation and monitoring specialists, hydrogeologists and geophysicists, as well as specialists in other disciplines involved in specific investigations.

To purchase Yellow Book, click HERE

Want to know more about the new edition? Then join Julian Lovell, Mathew Baldwin and Stewart Jarvis, three of the main authors of the third edition, for a free webinar on 23rd June 2022 at 11am. The trio will set the context for the revision, explain the changes made and reasons behind them and provide details of how the new Specification document should be used and the major areas of change required by industry to conform to current good practice.

To register for the webinar, or to watch the replay (post-event) click HERE.

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The Geotechnical Data Conference – Sponsorship Opportunities

The Geotechnical Data Conference – Sponsorship Opportunities
2022-12-0101st Dec 2022
The Burlington, Birmingham

After a two year break, we’re delighted to announce The Geotechnical Data Conference 2022 will return on Thursday 1st December at a new venue; The Burlington in Birmingham.

This will be a full day event, and we have a series of affordable sponsorship opportunities available for both Members and non-Members of the AGS.

All packages are listed below. If you’d like to confirm your support please contact Caroline Kratz on ags@ags.org.uk before Friday 14th October. Please note that packages are limited and are offered on a first come, first served basis.

 

HEADLINE SPONSOR* (AGS Member Rate: £1500 / Non-Member Rate: £1800) *SOLD*
• Company logo on each attending delegates’ lanyard
• Two – three page company Q&A in AGS magazine (over 5,450 subscribers)**
• Full page advert in AGS Magazine (worth £400)**
• Entry for three delegates into the event
• A designated area to exhibit company initiatives, research and software. This exhibition space can 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 and URL on the AGS website
• Three announcements of your company’s involvement on the AGS Twitter page (over 3280 followers)
• Three announcements of your company’s involvement on the AGS’ LinkedIn page (over 5970 followers)
*one package available
**terms and conditions apply

 

DIAMOND SPONSOR* (AGS Member Rate: £1250 / Non-Member Rate: £1600)
• Catering sponsor with logo on menu
• Two – three page company Q&A article in AGS magazine (over 5,400 subscribers)**
• Full page advert in AGS Magazine (worth £400)**
• Entry for three 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
• Three announcements of your company’s involvement on the AGS Twitter page (over 3280 followers)
• Three announcements of your company’s involvement on the AGS’ LinkedIn page (over 5970 followers)
*one package available
**terms and conditions apply

 

EMERALD SPONSOR (AGS Member Rate: £1000/ Non-Member Rate: £1250)
• Entry for three 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
• ½ page advert in AGS magazine (worth £250, over 5,450 subscribers)
• 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 (over 3280 followers)
• Two announcements of your company’s involvement on the AGS’ LinkedIn page (over 5970 followers)
*Limited packages available

 

GOLD SPONSOR (AGS Member Rate: £800 / Non-Member Rate: £1100)
• 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
• ½ page advert in AGS magazine (worth £250, over 5,450 subscribers)
• Two announcements of your company’s involvement on the AGS Twitter page (over 3280 followers)
• Two announcements of your company’s involvement on the AGS’ LinkedIn page (over 5970 followers)
*Limited packages available

 

ASSOCIATE SPONSOR (AGS Member Rate: £500 Non-Member Rate: £650)
• Entry for one delegate into the event
• Company directory in AGS magazine
• 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 (over 3,280 followers)
• Announcement of your company’s involvement on the AGS’ LinkedIn page (over 5970 followers)

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Sustainability in the Delivery of Brownfield Regeneration – Sponsorship Packages

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Sustainability in the Delivery of Brownfield Regeneration – Sponsorship Packages
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Sustainability in the Delivery of Brownfield Regeneration is a 2022 webinar series taking place over two dates:

  • Sustainable Remediation Solutions: 17th May
  • Sustainable Management of Soils: 26th May

Prices to attend the webinars start from £25, and the event will last approximately two hours in length.

The AGS have both Headline and Associate sponsorship packages available for these webinars, which result in double the exposure! Our packages offer an affordable way to reach a worldwide audience across the AGS Magazine, our database of over 4500 delegates, our social media channels and of course, during the webinars itself, (which will also be available for purchase on the AGS website post-event).

Our current packages for these webinars are detailed below:

HEADLINE SPONSOR
*one package available
Price: £1000 (members) or £1,300 (non-members)

  • Company website link or pop-up promotion to feature during both live webinars
  • Large logo on sponsor slide during the webinars
  • Company mention during webinar opening and closing addresses
  • Logo and overview in the event program
  • Company Q&A feature in AGS Magazine (5,440 subscribers)
  • Full page advert in AGS Magazine (worth £400)
  • Two complementary event registrations (worth up to £90)
  • Company logo and overview featured on the webinar registration pages
  • Logo featured on promotional marketing emails
  • Company logo and overview on the AGS’ Twitter page (3,208 followers)
  • Company logo and overview on the AGS’ LinkedIn page (5,730 followers)
  • Company logo featured on replay email campaigns
  • Company inclusion in a follow up article in AGS Magazine (5,440 subscribers)

 

ASSOCIATE SPONSOR
Price: £550 (members) or £850 (non-members)

  • Logo on sponsor slide during the webinars
  • Logo and overview in the event program
  • Company mention during webinar opening & closing addresses
  • Logo featured in promotional marketing emails
  • Company directory insert in AGS Magazine, worth £50 (5,440 subscribers)
  • One complementary webinar registration (worth up to £30)
  • Company logo and overview on the AGS’ Twitter page (3,208 followers)
  • Company logo and overview on the AGS’ LinkedIn page (5,730 followers)
  • Company mention in a follow up article in AGS Magazine (5,440 subscribers)
  • Company overview on the AGS website
  • Company logo featured on replay email campaigns

All prices exclude VAT.

Packages are limited, however bespoke packages can be developed with companies (subject to space) to suit all budgets.

If your company would like to sponsor both events in this brownfield series, or if you’d like any further information, please contact Caroline Kratz on ags@ags.org.uk

 

 

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AGS Award Results 2021

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The results are in! We’re pleased to announce the winners of this years AGS Awards:

Loss Prevention

  • Rachel Griffiths (Award)
  • Russell Jones (Award)

Instrumentation and Monitoring

  • Philip Child (Award)

Safety

  • Julian Lovell (Commendation)
  • Madeleine Bardsley (Commendation)

Contaminated Land

  • Mike Smith (Commendation)

Services to the Association

  • Jim Cook (Award)

Data Management Working Group

  • Mark Bevan (Award)
  • Tony Daly (Award)
  • Romain Arnould (Award)
  • Steve Walthall (Award)
  • Jerome Chamfray (Award)
  • Ian Linton (Award)
  • Philip Child (Award)
  • David Entwisle (Award)
  • Edd Lewis (Award)
  • Len Threadgold (Award)
  • Jackie Bland (Award)
  • Simon Miles (Award)
  • Leon Warrington (Award)
  • Paul Chaplin (Award)
  • Joshua Bradley (Award)
  • David Farmer (Award)
  • Craig Brown (Award)
  • Phil Wade (Award)
  • Peter Hepton (Award)
  • Roger Chandler (Award)
  • Neil Chadwick (Award)

 

All Award and Commendation winners had been nominated by their prospective Working Group Leaders before being formally confirmed by our then AGS Officers; Julian Lovell, Sally Hudson, Neil Parry and Ken Marsh.

Congratulations once again to you all.

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Webinar Sponsorship

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Since our first webinar in July 2020, our virtual events have been a huge success with almost 5,000 delegates registering to attend. We frequently have attendees from across the globe including countries such as USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, Italy and UAE to name but a few, and sponsorship provides a fantastic opportunity to put your company in front of a worldwide audience.

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

 

HEADLINE 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 and closing address
  • Logo and overview in the event program
  • Company Q&A feature in AGS Magazine (5,440 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 (3,208 followers)
  • Company logo and overview on the AGS’ LinkedIn page (5,730 followers)
  • Company logo featured on replay email campaigns
  • Company inclusion in a follow up article in AGS Magazine (5,440 subscribers)

 

ASSOCIATE 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 (5,440 subscribers)
  • One complementary webinar registration (worth up to £90)
  • Company logo and overview on the AGS’ Twitter page (3,208 followers)
  • Company logo and overview on the AGS’ LinkedIn page (5,730 followers)
  • Company mention in a follow up article in AGS Magazine (5,440 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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2022 Webinar and Live Events Programme

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We’re pleased to announce our 2022 webinar and live event programme. Registration details for the following events will be announced in due course, but initial details are listed below for your diaries:

  • The Development of an Apprenticeship Degree in Geoscience (free webinar)
    • Date: Wednesday 23rd March
    • Time: 11am (1 hour duration)
    • Fee: FOC to attend
    • Sponsorship: Headline and Associate packages available

 

  • Sustainability in the delivery of Brownfield Regeneration (webinar series)
  • Sustainability in the Delivery of Brownfield Regeneration: Sustainable Remediation Solutions
    • Date: Tuesday 17th May
    • Time: 11am (approx. 2 hour duration)
  • Sustainability in the Delivery of Brownfield Regeneration: Sustainable Management of Soils
    • Date: Thursday 26th May
    • Time: 11am (approx. 2 hour duration)
  • Fee: £25 for AGS members or £30 for non-AGS members for one webinar. Alternatively, AGS members can attend both webinars for £45 and non-AGS members can attend both webinars for £55. Prices exclude VAT.
  • Sponsorship: Headline and Associate packages available

 

  • Yellow Book third edition (free webinar)
    • Date: Thursday 23rd June
    • Fee: FOC to attend
    • Sponsorship: Headline and Associate packages available

 

  • AGS Annual Conference (live event)
    • Date: Wednesday 6th July
    • Time: 9am – 4pm
    • Location: Geotechnica, Warwickshire Event Centre, Leamington Spa
    • Full details to be released in due course

 

  • Pressuremeter Testing (webinar)
    • Date: October TBC
    • Fee: FOC
    • Sponsorship: Headline and Associate packages available
    • Full details to be released in due course

 

 

  • Data Management Conference (live event)
    • Date: Thursday 1st December
    • Location: The Burlington Hotel, Birmingham
    • Sponsorship: contact the AGS for sponsorship packages
    • Full details to be released in due course

 

 

Webinar Sponsorship

Since our first webinar in July 2020, our virtual event programme has been a huge success with 5,000+ delegates registering to attend from countries across the globe.

We frequently have attendees from USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, Italy and UAE to name but a few, and sponsorship provides a fantastic opportunity to put your company and its initiatives in front of a worldwide audience.

The AGS have both Headline and Associate sponsorship packages available for all webinars in 2022.
Packages are limited, however bespoke packages can be developed with companies (subject to space) to suit all budgets.

 

HEADLINE 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 and closing address
  • Logo and overview in the event program
  • Company Q&A feature in AGS Magazine (5,440 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 (3,208 followers)
  • Company logo and overview on the AGS’ LinkedIn page (5,730 followers)
  • Company logo featured on replay email campaigns
  • Company inclusion in a follow up article in AGS Magazine (5,440 subscribers)

 

ASSOCIATE 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 (5,440 subscribers)
  • One complementary webinar registration (worth up to £90)
  • Company logo and overview on the AGS’ Twitter page (3,208 followers)
  • Company logo and overview on the AGS’ LinkedIn page (5,730 followers)
  • Company mention in a follow up article in AGS Magazine (5,440 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 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.