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 Interim Strategic Plan 2021

Published March 2021 This document is the AGS Interim Strategic Plan 2021.  

[WEBINAR REPLAY] Improving Company Performance through Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Improving Company Performance through Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is the AGS’ second webinar discussing this subject. The aim for all members and…

[WEBINAR REPLAY] Striding into the Future with AGS 4.1

VIEW WEBINAR PROGRAMME HERE. It’s been a decade since the first release of AGS 4.0 in May 2010. In response to new…

[WEBINAR REPLAY] Exchange of ground model and interpreted data - Introducing AGSi

VIEW EVENT PROGRAMME HERE. Have you ever found yourself looking for: An industry standard non-proprietary method for transferring a ground model and/or…

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[WEBINAR REPLAY] Urban Geoscience: opening up the industry to a more inclusive and diverse community

This inaugural webinar from the AGS will see Nick Koor, (University Geosciences UK Group and the Geological Society), discuss the decline of…

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AGS Business Plan 2018/2019

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


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New AGS Validator launched by AGS

The Data Management committee has been busy again.  Just months after releasing AGS 4.1 we are releasing a beta version of an…

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AGS Award Results 2021

The results are in! We’re pleased to announce the winners of this years AGS Awards: Loss Prevention Rachel Griffiths (Award) Russell Jones…

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Striding into the Future with AGS 4.1 – The Official Launch

Members of the AGS Data Management Working Group recently held a webinar marking the official launch of AGS 4.1. Sponsored by Datgel…

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AGSi Launches Worldwide

On 25th November, the AGS hosted a webinar entitled, Exchange of Ground Model and Interpreted Data – Introducing AGSi. The event, which was…

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AGS Helplines

Currently the AGS offer helplines to all Member companies and practitioners with respect to: the AGS Data Format (the discussion forum on…

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AGS Diversity Statement

The AGS is a non-profit trade association that is managed by elected individuals from member organisations, none of whom are paid by…


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 Structural Soils Ltd
Jerome Chamfray Jacobs UK Ltd
Jim Poole Coffey Geotechnics Ltd
Jono Wright Strata Geotechnics
Joost Gevaert Arup Geotechnics
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
Paul Chaplin Structural Soils Ltd
Peter Hepton SOCOTEC
Phil Child Bentley Systems International Ltd
Phil Wade Datgel
Roger Chandler Bentley Systems International Ltd
Romain Arnould Fugro Limited
Simon Miles Atkins Consultants
Steve Walthall Personal Member
Syd Pycroft Practitioner member
Tony Daly Amageo