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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How Can We Achieve an Equitable, Diverse, and Inclusive Industry?

The AGS are hosting a webinar this autumn entitled, How Can We Achieve an Equitable, Diverse, and Inclusive Industry? This virtual event…

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AGS Annual Conference 2024

Registration for this event has now closed.    The AGS Annual Conference 2024 will be taking place on Thursday 25th April at…

Annual Conference 2023

The AGS Annual Conference took place on Thursday 27th April 2023 at the Barbican Centre in London. This full day, networking event saw…

The Geotechnical Data Conference

The AGS are pleased to announce The Geotechnical Data Conference 2022 will be taking place on Thursday 1st December 2022 at The Burlington Hotel in Birmingham.

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The New Yellow Book – UK Specification for Ground Investigation

The UK Specification for ground investigation (the Yellow Book) has been revised by an industry working group led by the AGS and…

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[WEBINAR REPLAY] The Development of a Degree Apprenticeship in Geoscience

This free webinar from the Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists will focus on the topic; The Development of a Degree Apprenticeship…

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[SAVE THE DATE]: AGS Annual Conference 2025

We’re pleased to announce that the AGS Annual Conference will return once again to One Great George Street in London’s Westminster in…

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Early Careers Video: Discover a Rewarding Career in the Geo-Industry

  Our new early careers video discusses the many different career paths which are open to graduates entering the geo-industry. If you’re…

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BS8574 – A Guide to Data Management Plans – Webinar Summary

On 12th March 2024, the AGS held a webinar entitled ‘BS8574 – A Guide to Data Management Plans’. The webinar was chaired…

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AGS Awards 2024

We’re delighted to announce this year’s AGS Award winners! Chosen from a select number of AGS Working Group Members, these winners were…

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Early Career Professionals: Call for Posters

The AGS is holding a sustainability-themed poster competition at this year’s Annual Conference, and we’d like to see how Early Career Professionals…

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New version of AGS Piling released

A new draft of AGS Piling has been released for industry comment. AGS Piling is a data transfer format for piling data…


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Conrad Stewart Harrison Group Environmental Ltd
Craig Brown BAM Ritchies
David Entwisle British Geological Survey
David Farmer Arup Geotechnics
Edd Lewis British Geological Survey
Ian Linton Soil Engineering
AGS Data Management WG Leader Jackie Bland Structural Soils Ltd
Jerome Chamfray Jacobs UK Ltd
Jono Wright Strata Geotechnics
Josh Bradley Mott MacDonald
Len Threadgold Geotechnics Ltd
Leon Warrington Hydrock Consultants Ltd
Mark Bevan Structural Soils Ltd
Melody Wareing SOCOTEC
Neil Chadwick Digital Geotechnical
Paul Chaplin WSP
Peter Hepton Independent
Petra Lincoln AtkinsRéalis
Phil Child Seequent
Phil Wade Datgel
Roger Chandler Seequent
Romain Arnould Fugro Limited
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Tom Smith Orsted A/S
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