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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[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 Documents

AGS Business Plan

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


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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…

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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…

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Ground Investigation – Is it time for change?

The article entitled “are traditional sampling techniques really that bad” published in April’s AGS Magazine has provoked much discussion and debate amongst…

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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 Geotechnical Working Group Update

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


Adam Gombocz National House Building Council
Alex Dent WSP
Chris Raison Raison Foster Associates
Emma Anderson Royal HaskoningDHV
Georgina Donbroski Leap Environmental Ltd
Ian Samworth Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
James Harrison Practitioner member
Janice Windle COWI
Matthew Penfold Geotechnical & Environmental Associates
Neil Chadwick
Nick Koor University of Portsmouth
Nigel Pickering Buro Happold, Ground Engineering
Peter Reading
Richard Grainger WSP
Robert West Cementation Skanska
BPWG Leader and AGS Chair Elect Sally Hudson Coffey Geotechnics Ltd
Samantha Finch Fugro Limited
Geotechnical WG Leader Stephen West Ramboll UK Ltd
Tim Downes Ian Farmer Associates
Vincent Nyambayo Atkins Consultants
Yuli Doulala-Rigby Tensar International Limited