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.

Geotechnical WG – Terms of Reference


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Geotechnical Engineering in a Net Zero Carbon World

This free webinar has been designed to inform and inspire ground engineering practitioners across the industry to meet the net zero carbon…

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AGS Interim Strategic Plan 2021

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

[WEBINAR] Ground Risk: Landslide Risk Reduction

 This webinar from the Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists will focus on ground risk, in particular landslide risk reduction. The…

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[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…

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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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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,…

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AGS Annual Conference 2021

The AGS are pleased to announce that the Annual Conference is back at the National Motorcycle this year on Wednesday 22nd September.…

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AGS Geotechnical Working Group – Update

Stephen West, Leader of the AGS Geotechnical Working Group, has provided an update on the top issues the Geotechnical Working Group discussed…

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Ground movements on Underpinning – A problem with data?

Article contributed by Matthew Penfold, Principal Geotechnical Engineer, Geotechnical & Environmental Associates, Katharine Barker, Senior Geotechnical Engineer, CampbellReith and Stephen Lawrence West,…

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The Standard Penetration Test – Its Origin, Evolution and Future

Article provided by Stephen West, Ramboll On 15th September the AGS hosted a webinar on the evolution and use of the Standard…

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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…


Adam Gombocz National House Building Council
AGS Geotechnical WG Leader Alex Dent WSP
Andrew Battagel Ruddlesden geotechnical
Chris Raison Raison Foster Associates
Emma Anderson Royal HaskoningDHV
Emma Cronin SOCOTEC
Georgina Donbroski Leap Environmental Ltd
Ian Samworth Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
James Harrison Practitioner member
Janice Windle COWI
Katharine Barker Campbell Reith Hill LLP
Matthew Penfold Geotechnical & Environmental Associates
Neil Chadwick
Nick Koor University of Portsmouth
Nigel Pickering Buro Happold, Ground Engineering
Peter Reading
Richard Grainger WSP
Robert Terrell Ground and Water
Robert West Cementation Skanska
Samantha Finch Fugro Limited
Stephen West Ramboll UK Ltd
Vincent Nyambayo Atkins Consultants
Yuli Doulala-Rigby Tensar International Limited