Chair’s Blog (May 2022)

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Welcome to the May issue of the AGS Magazine and thanks to all for their contributions. I have been impressed with the quality of the photographs submitted for our latest competition, and congratulations go to the winner and runners-up featured in this edition. The winning image will adorn our much anticipated 2022 update to the valuable AGS Loss Prevention Guidance.

Our working groups and committees have been hard at work producing articles and publications, and also putting together a programme of informative events for the rest of 2022. We aim to maintain a mixture of face-to-face and on-line formats so that as many members and guests as possible can benefit.  The emphasis of our next series later this month is environmental sustainability in brownfield regeneration.

Read on for interesting articles, including a very useful overview of the new BS 8661 geotextile specification guidance and, to continue the focus on sustainability, we feature an article about carbon footprint in shallow foundation design. We also present an update on the activities of our Geotechnical Working Group and a Q&A session with Honorary AGS Member Roger Clark on his career.

Keep a look out for exciting updates from AGS, such as the launch of data transfer format 4.1.1, and from our colleagues in Ground Forum, particularly on the undergraduate mentoring programme.

We recognise that, as we start to travel more for work and leisure, we are not always available at our computers to catch the AGS on-line seminars, which is why we make many of them available as recordings via the AGS website for retrospective viewing at your convenience.  On the travel theme, this edition highlights the safety aspects of driving for work in a thought-provoking piece. Take care out there, all!

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