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AGS Magazine: June / July 2021

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The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists are pleased to announce the June / July 2021 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;

New AGS guidance published on Assessment and Control of Asbestos Risk in Soil – Page 6
AGS Yellow Book Photography Competition – The Results – Page 8
UK Specification for Ground Investigation – revision update – Page 10
Digital transformation in ground engineering – hopes and fears? – Page 14
Incorporating Drone Technology into Ground Engineering Projects – Page 18
PFAS – the greatest challenge for the site investigation and laboratory industries? – Page 23

Plus much, much more!

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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AGS Annual Conference 2021

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

This full day seminar is open to both Members and non-Members of the AGS and will focus on the work, findings and achievements of the geotechnical and geoenvironmental industry. A full speaker programme will be released in due course.

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

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

Click here to download the AGS Annual Conference registration form

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.

Sponsorship

This annual event has proven to provide an excellent platform for companies looking to increase their profile and raise awareness of their company initiatives through the use our sponsorship packages.

We currently have a limited number of Emerald, Gold and Silver sponsorship packages available, please click HERE for full details.

If you’d like to confirm your support please email Caroline Kratz on ags@ags.org.uk before Friday 6th August.

Event Sponsors

SOCOTEC

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 https://www.socotec.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. For more information please visit www.soil-engineering.co.uk


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 www.conceptconsultants.co.uk


 

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 www.insitusi.com


 

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 www.bamritchies.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. For more information please visit https://geoeng.co.uk/ 


 

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 www.soils.co.uk or contact us at ask@soils.co.uk


 

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 https://rstinstruments.com/


 

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: www.acsgroupofcompanies.co.uk


 

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: www.i2analytical.com/


 

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: www.landmark.co.uk/landmark-environment-and-mapping


Geosense

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: https://www.geosense.co.uk 

Speakers

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.

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UK Specification for Ground Investigation – revision update

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The UK Specification for Ground Investigation, published by ICE Publishing, is currently undergoing a revision. The revised Third Edition has been produced by a working group led by the Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists (AGS) with the support of major clients such as Highways England and Network Rail and other industry bodies such as the British Geotechnical Association (BGA), British Drilling Association (BDA) and Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS). The Third Edition will bring the document up to date, ensuring consistency with all current good practice, relevant standards and codes of practice. The new edition of the Specification has been expanded to include various new investigation techniques and practices that have been developed and entered routine use since the Second Edition was published in 2011.

A draft version for public comment has been released, with comments from industry to be returned by Friday 30th July 2021. All members of the industry are encouraged to review the draft and return any comments they have, and to help spread awareness of the draft amongst colleagues, to ensure this new edition will best serve the industry for years to come. The draft document and commenting template are available from the AGS website using the following link: https://www.ags.org.uk/2021/06/yellow-book-draft-for-public-comment

It is anticipated that the Third Edition UK Specification for Ground Investigation will be published in the first quarter of 2022.

 

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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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AGS Magazine: April / May 2021

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The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists are pleased to announce the April / May 2021 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 Annual Conference – Sponsorship Opportunities – Page 4

AGS Webinar Replays – Page 8

Ground movements on Underpinning – A problem with data? – Page 12

Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Does Lean help with ground investigation? – Page 16

CPD and education for early careers geopractitioners – Page 20

Expectant and New Mothers in Construction – Page 29

Plus much, much more!

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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Annual Conference 2021- Sponsorship Opportunities

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We’re delighted to announce that the AGS Annual Conference will be back this year on Wednesday 22nd September at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.

 

This will be a full day event, and we have some great 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 6th August. Please note that packages are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.

 

 

Platinum* (AGS Member Rate: £1250 / Non-Member Rate: £1500) SOLD

  • Company logo on each attending delegates’ lanyard
  • 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 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 3,000 followers)
  • Three announcements of your company’s involvement on the AGS’ LinkedIn page (over 4,800 followers)

*one package available

**terms and conditions apply

 

 

Diamond* (AGS Member Rate: £1250 / Non-Member Rate: £1500) SOLD

  • 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 3,000 followers)
  • Three announcements of your company’s involvement on the AGS’ LinkedIn page (over 4,800 followers)

*one package available

**terms and conditions apply

 

Emerald (AGS Member Rate: £950/ Non-Member Rate: £1200)  

  • 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 5,400 subscribers)
  • 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

*Limited packages available

 

 

Gold (AGS Member Rate: £750 / Non-Member Rate: £1000)

  • 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 (over 3,000 followers)
  • Announcement of your company’s involvement on the AGS’ LinkedIn page (over 4,800 followers)

*Limited packages available

 

 

Silver (AGS Member Rate: £500 Non-Member Rate: £650)  

  • Entry for one delegate into the event
  • ¼ page advert in AGS magazine (worth £160)
  • 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 3,000 followers)
  • Announcement of your company’s involvement on the AGS’ LinkedIn page (over 4,800 followers)

 

 

All prices exclude VAT. Unlimited silver sponsorship packages available.

 

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AGS Magazine: February / March 2021

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The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists are pleased to announce the February / March 2021 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 Upcoming Webinars – Page 6
Inside: Beale & Co – Page 12
Ground Forum Mentoring Scheme – Page 18
Key considerations before winding down your company – Page 20
Q&A with Rachel Griffiths of Fugro – Page 28

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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AGS Magazine: December 2020 / January 2021

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The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists are pleased to announce the December 2020 / January 2021 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 Yellow Book Photography Competition – Page 4
AGS Upcoming Webinars – Page 8
Contamination in Ground Investigation – Page 16
Professional Indemnity Insurance Update – Page 20
Q&A with David Hutchinson, formerly of Network Rail – Page 26

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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New AGS Members in 2020

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The AGS is pleased to announce that in 2020, five member organisations, one affiliate organisation and one practitioner member were accepted by the Membership Panel and approved by the Executive. Fourteen students and graduates were also accepted as new AGS members. The new member organisations are Story Contracting Ltd, Ardmore Point Ltd, Cognition Land and Water Ltd, G7 Geotech Ltd and Jackson Drilling. The new affiliate organisation is Worldsensing and the new practitioner member is James Harrison.

AGS Membership is open to geotechnical and geoenvironmental companies who employ specialist who can provide competent services and affiliate companies who provide support services and supplies to the members. Students and Graduates can also become members of the AGS. Full details of membership criteria can be found at http://www.ags.org.uk/about/become-a-member/

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AGS Magazine – November 2020

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The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists are pleased to announce the November 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 Yellow Book Photography Competition – Page 4
Ruby Wax talks mental health in the FPS’ latest podcast – Page 6
AGS Upcoming Webinars – Page 8
Environment Agency publishes updated land contamination guidance – Page 12
New CIRIA Guidance on Sustainable Management of Surplus Soils – Page 16
Q&A with Madeleine Bardsley of Wood Group – 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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AGS Magazine: September / October 2020

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The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists are pleased to announce the September / October 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 Update – Page 8
The Standard Penetration Test – Its Origin, Evolution and Future – Page 12
Urban Geoscience: Opening the Industry to Inclusive and Diverse Communities – Page 14
Better Risk Management in Ground Engineering – Page 20
Q&A with Jonathan Gammon of Geotechnical Observations – Page 22

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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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.