Working Group Geotechnical

The Geotechnical Working Group aim to promote technical excellence to the wider geotechnical engineering professional community and to raise general awareness of the need for geotechnical engineering input to all construction projects and land asset management to clients and asset owners.

Strategic Plan

These aims are achieved through the Group’s activities in respect of:

  1. promoting the activities of the GWG to the AGS Membership and to the wider industry;
  2. maintaining a watching brief on the geotechnical activities of the wider national and international engineering communities, and reporting these to the membership;
  3. organising and running GWG initiatives and events on behalf of AGS;
  4. being involved closely in the drafting and reviewing of national and international standards, codes of practice and other definitive guidance;
  5. striving to become a leading national authority on geotechnical engineering matters affecting the AGS Membership and the wider industry.

AGS Geotechnical WG – Terms of Reference


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Bitesize Guides

Bitesize Guide - Geotechnical Unit, Ground Models and Geotechnical Design Models – what are these, what do they cover and who is responsible?

Published November 2023. This note has been prepared based on a review of the draft prEN 1997 dated August 2022.

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Bitesize Guide – prEN 1997:202x - Introduction

Published November 2023 Introduction to bitesize guides for prEN 1997:202x

AGS Annual Conference 2024

The AGS Annual Conference 2024 will be taking place on Thursday 25th April at One Great George Street in Westminster, London. This…

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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…

Ground Risk Conference: Are you Managing Risks or Taking Risks?

Geotechnical engineering and geoenvironmental specialists deal with risk daily from commencement of a project through to final delivery. Working with the ground…

Instrumentation and Monitoring: How Not to Get it Wrong

DOWNLOAD THE FULL PROGRAMME. Instrumentation and Monitoring: How Not to Get it Wrong is a CPD webinar which will  identify the importance…

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Net Zero – The Use of Timber Piles

Introduction As the construction industry works towards a ‘Net Carbon Zero’ future, we are asked to take a hard look at current…

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UK Specification for Ground Investigation (third edition) – Now Available for Purchase

We’re pleased to announce the launch of the third edition of the UK Specification for Ground Investigation – also known as ‘Yellow…

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Serviceability Limit State and Sustainable Shallow Foundations Design

With the Net Zero target initiatives set, shaping the future of the construction industry around a greener approach must be one of…

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Geotechnical Engineering in a Net Zero Carbon World Webinar Summary

The AGS webinar on Geotechnical Engineering in a Net Zero Carbon World took place on 6th October. The event was sponsored by…

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What is a pragmatic and safe approach to assessing the feasibility and design of infiltration systems on a site? When is it appropriate to undertake BRE365 tests, and how can we do so safely?

Image credit: James Harrison – 4D GEO LTD Article by Georgina Donbroski (Technical Director at Leap Environmental Ltd), James Harrison (Director at…

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Digital transformation in ground engineering – hopes and fears?

Article provided by Neil Chadwick, Director, Digital Geotechnical and Stephen Lawrence West, Director, Ground Engineering, Ramboll Digital transformation is a term that,…


Adam Gombocz Lithos Consulting Ltd
AGS Geotechnical WG Leader Alex Dent WSP
Andy O’Dea Cognition Land and Water Limited
Carla Stephen National House Building Council
Chris Raison Raison Foster Associates
Christos Botsialas TRC Companies Limited
Emma Anderson Royal HaskoningDHV
Emma Cronin SOCOTEC
Gary Walker Arcadis (UK)
Georgina Donbroski Leap Environmental Ltd
Ian Samworth Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
Jai Shah Ramboll UK Ltd
James Harrison Specialist member
Janice Windle COWI UK Ltd
Katharine Barker CampbellReith Hill LLP
Lee Ashworth Geo-Integrity Ltd
Luke Wilkinson Soils Limited
Matthew Penfold Geotechnical & Environmental Associates
Morwenna Corry Lustre Consulting Limited
Neil Chadwick Specialist member
Nick Koor University of Portsmouth
Nigel Pickering Buro Happold, Ground Engineering
Paul Roberts AECOM Limited
Paul Yates COWI UK Ltd
Peter Hepton
Peter Reading
Richard Grainger WSP
Robert Terrell Ground and Water
Robert West Cementation Skanska
Ronak Amirhosseiny Coffey Geotechnics Ltd
Samantha Finch Fugro Limited
Stephen West Ramboll UK Ltd
Twana Haji RSK Environment Ltd
Vincent Nyambayo Atkins Consultants
Will Capps Delta-Simons
Yuli Doulala-Rigby Tensar International Limited