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New AGS Validator launched by AGS

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The Data Management committee has been busy again.  Just months after releasing AGS 4.1 we are releasing a beta version of an AGS file validator. The ‘AGS Validator BETA’ is free to download and will provide a single source for validating ‘Electronic Transfer of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Data – AGS4’ (AGS Data Format) files.

For many years the industry has used commercial AGS Data Format checking applications (checkers) that sometimes produce differing results due to the varied assumptions made by the developers.  Therefore, clients have traditionally specified AGS files must be validated by several of these checkers before the data is submitted to them, resulting in additional work for clients, contractors, and software providers.

The AGS Validator initiative, started by Asitha Senanayake from Fugro and aided by Roger Chandler from Bentley, has been running for six months and has been rigorously tested by members of the AGS committee over recent months. The committee feel it is ready to be tested in the real world and are therefore releasing it to the industry for beta testing.

The ‘AGS Validator BETA’ is a standalone software program.  There are further initiatives in the pipeline to provide capability to import AGS Data Format files into Excel and the BGS are working on an online web validator due for release at the end of the summer.

All validator Python libraries have been developed under Lesser General Public (LGPL) open-source licences and the AGS would welcome review of the code and further comment.  The project has received coding contributions from four countries to date, demonstrating the power of the collaborative, open-source working environment.

To download the beta software visit:

https://www.ags.org.uk/data-format/ags-validator/

If you have any questions, find any problems or need help with the AGS Validator BETA please complete the feedback form on the website, or if your company are a registered data format user please post your comment on the AGS Discussion Boards at www.ags.org.uk/data-format/dwqa-questions.

The AGS Validator will be in Beta until the Autumn 2021, it must not be specified in contracts until it is fully released later in the year.

Asitha Senanayake, Project Engineer at Fugro –

“I have been using AGS data in my role for several years and have found open-source software to be invaluable for this work. I started this open‑source project to supplement the functionality of the Python Pandas data analysis library to work with AGS data, and I am delighted that the AGS committee has adopted and expanded it”. 

Roger Chandler, Geotechnical Information Management Director at Bentley –

“It is a pleasure to lead this project. Bentley fully supports this venture and will be promoting the use of this AGS Validator instead of our gINT and KeyAGS checkers.  We will be integrating the AGS Validation into OpenGround in the coming months.”

Edd Lewis, Standards Lead, BGS –

“The BGS welcomes this new AGS initiative and fully embraces it to help improve the quality of the AGS Data Format files being submitted to the BGS Depository via our upcoming Web API”.

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AGS Magazine – August / September 2021

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The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists are pleased to announce the August / September 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;

Thoughts from the Chair: Time – Page 8
Missing a trick? – Redeveloping Landfill Sites – Page 18
Taking soil samples for determination of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) – Page 22
Q&A with Stephen Hugh Mallett – Page 26
Inside: SOCOTEC UK – Page 28

Plus much, much more!

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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.

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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.

 

Article News Contaminated Land Data Management Executive Instrumentation & Monitoring Loss Prevention Safety

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!

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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

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

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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.

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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.