Working Group Data Management

The Group created the AGS Data Format in 1992 which has since become the means through which the industry is able to share data from ground investigations. It is now responsible for monitoring its use and revising and updating the format to meet the needs of users.

Strategic Plan

To promote adoption of the new AGS Data Format (Edition 4) for the transfer of ALL geotechnical and geoenvironmental data in the UK by electronic means. To encourage the use of the AGS Format world-wide as the single standard to use for data transfer in our industry. To access the AGS Data Format click here.

Our permanent objectives

  1. Hold regular review meetings with users and other interested parties and maintain the format to meet current requirements. Increase responsiveness of the format to developing needs.
  2. Increase awareness of the format and the benefits available from it.
  3. Extend the format to cover other related forms of data.
  4. Increase international adoption of the format.
  5. Encourage all parties to pass on all project data by electronic means.


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AGS Business Plan

Published in November 2018 This document is the AGS Business Plan which was published in November 2018.


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AGS Awards 2020

Below are the list of recipients of this year’s AGS Awards. We would like to thank all Working Group participants for their…

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AGS Data Management Conference 2021

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, the decision has been made to postponed the AGS Data Management Conference which was due…

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AGS Data Management Working Group Update

Jackie Bland, Leader of the Data Management Working Group, has provided an update on the top issues the Data Management Working Group…

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AGS Magazine: September/October issue

The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists are pleased to announce the September/October issue of their bi-monthly publication; AGS Magazine. To view…

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AGS Magazine: July/August issue

The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists are pleased to announce the July/August issue of their bi-monthly publication; AGS Magazine. To view…

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AGS Digital Data – Why is it so Difficult to Get?

An opinion piece, written by Chris Raison, Director of Raison Foster Associates AGS digital data is the source data for most ground…


Craig Brown BAM Ritchies
David Entwisle British Geological Survey
David Farmer Arup Geotechnics
Edd Lewis British Geological Survey
Ian Linton Soil Engineering
Data Management Leader Jackie Bland Geotechnics Ltd
Jerome Chamfray Jacobs UK Ltd
Jim Poole Coffey Geotechnics Ltd
Josh Bradley Mott MacDonald
Len Threadgold Geotechnics Ltd
Leon Warrington Hydrock Consultants Ltd
Mark Bevan Structural Soils Ltd
Mike Palmer Jacobs UK Ltd
Neil Chadwick Arup Geotechnics
Paul Chaplin WSP
Peter Hepton SOCOTEC
Phil Child Bentley Systems International Ltd
Roger Chandler Bentley Systems International Ltd
Romain Arnould Fugro Limited
Simon Miles Atkins Consultants
Steve Walthall Personal Member
Syd Pycroft Blue Anchor Ground Engineering Ltd
Tony Daly Amageo