Posts by Isabel Jennings

Article Event News Business Practice Contaminated Land Data Management Executive Geotechnical Instrumentation & Monitoring Laboratories Loss Prevention Safety

AGS Annual Conference 2021

Date: Wednesday 22nd September
09:00-16:00 (full day event)
The National Motorcycle Museum, Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull B92 0EJ

The AGS are pleased to announce that the Annual Conference is back at the National Motorcycle Museum on Wednesday 22nd September 2021.

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

The Annual Conference is a must-attend event which gives Members and non-Members of the AGS the opportunity to learn from leading industry experts and have the opportunity to shape the future of the geotechnical and geoenvironmental industry.

Tickets and Registration

We have a limited number of complimentary tickets available for AGS Member companies (T&C apply). Additional tickets cost £60 for Members, £120 for non-Members and £55 for Students (prices ex. VAT).

To register to attend this year’s event please fill out a registration form and return to before Friday 10th September.

Click here to download the AGS Annual Conference registration form

Click here to view the delegate guidance for AGS Annual Conference 2021

Event Programme

The importance of Geo Engineers in the response to the symptoms of a changing climate: Luke Swain, Principal Route Engineer (Geotech), Network Rail

This keynote presentation will look at what climate change means for our industry, and discuss how Geotech/Geo Environment graduates of all levels can adjust to ensure we are focused on asset resilience and recovery as we inevitably will be suffering from the symptoms of warming global temperatures. 

Misuse of Monitoring and Testing: Ian Webber, Managing Director, Coffey Geotechnics Limited

The presentation discusses the misuse of monitoring and testing regimes.  The mistakes that have been made are illustrated by case histories some of which have ended in litigation.  Examples include Inclinometer testing, pile records, integrity testing, basement movement monitoring and pile testing.  The lessons learnt are primarily about the mis interpretation of test and monitoring results and the need to maintain a link between the designer, the ground conditions and the monitoring results.

Building Inclusion: Helen Townend, Technical Director, Amey Consulting

Explore why Building Inclusion is important in the modern workplace and how we can build inclusion into business as usual via employee engagement and understanding.

Earthworks Asset Management at Network Rail: Clare Brint, Route Engineer (Geotechnics), Eastern Region Network Rail

Management Teams have recently undergone some significant changes designed to improve how they manage their assets and prevent earthworks failures from affecting safety or performance.  In her talk, Clare will describe some of these changes including bringing the Earthworks Examinations in house, creation of separate Maintenance and Renewals teams, as well as improving our adverse weather preparation and response.

The Development of a Degree Apprenticeship in Geoscience: Nick Koor, Reader in Geological Engineering, University of Portsmouth (School of the Environment, Geography and Geoscience)

The number of students enrolling on Geoscience courses at University has fallen by 33% (net) since 2015. As part of a multi-action initiative to reverse this trend, UGUK, which represents most Universities who offer Geoscience as a degree,  is spearheading the development of a Degree Apprenticeship in Geoscience. This talk will brief the AGS membership on background and progress to date.

Landfill Reclamation: Making Waste Work: Duncan Scott, Technical Director, Vertase FLI Ltd

Vertase FLI has reclaimed many hectares of land, which has been historically used for the licensed disposal of commercial/industrial waste, to enable its redevelopment. Key to the sustainability of this reclamation activity is to maximise the re-use of site-won materials whilst managing future ground-related risks associated with contamination and settlement. Re-using materials on site comes with numerous operational, geoenvironmental and geotechnical challenges, some of which shall be explored in this presentation.


Sally Hudson
AGS Chair and Regional Manager & Associate 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.

Luke Swain
Principal Route Engineer (Geotech) Network Rail

Luke Swain is a Geotechnical Engineer at Network Rail. He is responsible for the managing of Geotechnical Assets on the UK railway infrastructure, with a working area that includes the West Coast Mainlines. He is a Chartered Geologist with 15 years of experience in Engineering Geology.

Ian Webber
Managing Director at Coffey Geotechnics

Ian has over 35 years’ experience in geotechnics, specialising in providing design services (including alternative designs) to contractors on design and construct and DBFO schemes throughout the UK and Ireland. His particular expertise is in earthworks design, geotechnical processes and buildability, deep excavations, bridge substructures and retaining walls.  In recent years Ian has been regularly called upon to provide expert evidence in relation to claims and litigation on a variety of geotechnical subjects.  He has provided expert testimony in cases where the value of the geotechnical claim has been in excess of £175 million.

Helen Townend
Technical Director at Amey Consulting

Helen has over 25 years of experience in the field of geotechnical engineering in transport infrastructure and mining sectors, involving project management; remedial design; and supervision of projects in the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia. Since 2017, Helen has been supporting Amey Consulting in the delivery of a more inclusive and accessible service provision, developing bespoke initiatives to provide better understanding of the employee lived experience and access the benefits of inclusive leadership, differentiating our business and driving growth.

Clare Brint
Route Engineer (Geotechnics) at (Eastern Region) Network Rail

Clare is an Engineering Geologist with over twenty experience working primarily on railway earthworks.  She spent ten years working as a designer and has been with the Geotechnical Asset Management team at Network Rail since 2010.   As the Route Engineer, Clare manages a team of twenty Geotechnical Staff and an asset portfolio of c.30,000 earthworks assets from the inspections, evaluations and assessments through to maintenance, refurbishments and renewals.

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.

Duncan Scott
Technical Director at Vertase FLI Ltd

After completing a PhD in groundwater remediation at the University of Nottingham, I spent several years working in a specialist environmental consultancy focussed on risk assessment for land contamination. In 2011, I transitioned into remediation contracting at Vertase FLI, working on some of the UK’s largest and most technically challenging land remediation projects, including landfill reclamation projects. I am now Technical Director at Vertase FLI and work closely with our project delivery teams to help achieve technical excellence in the work completed for our clients.



SOCOTEC is the UK’s leading provider of testing, inspection and compliance services, with comprehensive solutions in Infrastructure & Energy, Environment & Safety, Building Control and Fire Consultancy. Committed to continuous improvement, innovation and quality, SOCOTEC delivers tailored solutions to meet clients’ challenges, including an integrated package of site investigation services. For more information please visit



Soil Engineering

Soil Engineering are a market leader in the UK Geotechnical Sector. Delivering high quality Ground Investigation, Geotechnical Testing, Ground Stabilisation and Grouting for over 50 years, we operate across the country with a very capable and experienced team, modern fleet, and a collaborative approach to achieve your goals. For more information please visit

Concept Engineering Consultants

Concept Engineering is an innovative and dynamic site investigation specialist, with over 20 years’ experience providing award-winning geotechnical, environmental and structural investigation services and advice. Concept operate nationally from ISO and UKAS accredited offices and laboratories in London, Coventry and Yorkshire using a fleet of in house rigs and resources. For more information please visit


Insitu Site Investigation

In Situ Site Investigation is a specialist geotechnical and geo-environmental site investigation company carrying out all aspects of Cone Penetration Testing (CPT) techniques as well as all methods of Pressuremeters. Our expanding array of rigs and equipment enable us to work on any site across the UK and worldwide. For more information please visit



BAM Ritchies

BAM Ritchies is the ground engineering division of BAM Nuttall. We provide fully integrated services for a wide range of main contractors – both public and private sector, from small local projects to national infrastructure projects. Over 60 years, we’ve built a reputation as the go-to ground engineering team for complex problem solving and best-value, sustainable delivery – with no surprises. For more information please visit


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. For more information please visit 



Structural Soils

Structural Soils Ltd has evolved into an award winning national, multidisciplinary, integrated geotechnical and geoenvironmental site-investigation company with the proven capability, capacity and confidence to undertake contracts of any size, in any location and virtually any scope. In 2020, we won ‘The Big 3’ GE awards,  Ground Investigation Specialist of the year, Contractor of the Year, Ground Investigation Project of the Year. For more information please visit or contact us at


RST Instruments

RST Instruments’ fully integrated suite of geotechnical monitoring sensors gives our clients the reliable, real-time data they need to save time, money and, most importantly, reduce risk at every stage of their projects. For over 40 years, we’ve been a trusted partner to engineers, consultants and contractors, providing engineered instrumentation, custom solutions and matchless industry expertise to keep clients’ projects–and reputations–safe.  For more information please visit



ACS Testing

ACS provide a seamless all-in-one service for geotechnical and chemical laboratory testing, site investigation and geotechnical and contaminated land consultancy. ACS delivers high quality testing of construction materials, and substances that are harmful to health, property and the environment, while offering a first-class professional service tailored to our client’s requirements. For more information please visit:

i2 Analytical

i2 are a leading independent environmental testing laboratory, which performs a full range of chemical and geotechnical analyses to MCerts and ISO 17025 accreditation. Using the newest laboratory techniques we provide testing solutions for soils, waters, leachates, air, building and waste materials. For more information, please visit:



Landmark Information

Landmark Geodata, part of Landmark Information, provides digital mapping, site-specific environmental risk information and consultancy to the property industry.  We are the leading licensed partner of Ordnance Survey® and also maintain the UK’s largest collection of historical maps dating back to the 1840s. Our flagship data solutions – Promap and Envirocheck – with over 20,000 users, provides vital intelligence to architects, surveyors, planners, environmental professionals, real estate lawyers and developers.  For further information visit:


Geosense is a leading UK manufacturer of Geotechnical Instruments for the Geotechnical, structural, mining and site investigation industries. Geosense specialises in Vibrating Wire, MEMS & wireless technology to provide real-time trusted data. Utilising our expertise, clients have installed our sensors across more than 75 countries on some of the world’s largest and most prestigious projects. For further information visit: 



We are the world’s leading Geo-data specialist, collecting and analysing comprehensive information about the Earth and the structures built upon it. Through integrated data acquisition, analysis and advice, we unlock insights from Geo-data to help our clients design, build and operate their assets in a safe, sustainable and efficient manner. For more information, please visit:


Datgel are a geotechnical data software company, gINT experts and reseller, with a 15-year track record delivering gINT Add-In software for the management, processing, and high-quality reporting of geotechnical data. Our range of gINT Add-In products are used around the globe to import and export AGS Format. For more information, please visit:


We are the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm — planners, designers, engineers, program and construction managers driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, energy and the environment, our public- and private sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Through our Think and Act Globally strategy we are focused on extending our industry-leading, global expertise to each of our projects around the world, transforming the way we deliver work through technology and digital platforms, and enhancing our position as a leading Environment, Social & Governance (ESG) company. For more information, please visit