Working Group Laboratories

The Laboratories group deals with issues surrounding testing, safety and quality that relate to the accurate analysis of the fluids, soils, gases and materials found in the ground.

Strategic Plan

To provide a focus for promoting best practice. To facilitate a group approach to identifying and resolving issues faced by laboratories. To be a forum for formulating unified industry responses to proposed changes in legislation and standards.

To encourage and assist Members to provide high quality, appropriate and reliable testing services.

Permanent objectives

  1. Provide a forum for discussion of commercial issues.
  2. Provide a forum for discussion of issues affecting the testing sector of the ground industry (eg Health and Safety accreditation training
  3. Facilitate co-ordination of industry views and comments on new legislation, regulations and standards. (eg current work in CEN/TC 341)
  4. Support external accreditation.


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AGS Guide to Environmental Sampling

Updated guide published in January 2019 (Original guide published in May 2010) This document is intended to provide practical guidance on the…

Position Paper

Laboratory Proficiency Testing

This paper sets out the AGS position on Laboratory proficiency testing. Published in 2013


The EN ISO 17892 Standards for Geotechnical Testing - March 2014

This is a copy of the presentation provided by AGS Member, Roger Brown (Fugro GeoConsulting) at the Laboratories Seminar in March 2014…

Position Paper

Soil Guideline Values: The Way Forward: AGS Response

Published in 2007 The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists (AGS) is a long established trade association which represents the interests of…

Position Paper

UKAS Accreditation for Laboratories - The AGS View

Published in 2004 UKAS accreditation is mandatory for analytical and materials testing laboratories working on most Government funded projects, with the former also…


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AGS Magazine: September/October issue

The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists are pleased to announce the September/October issue of their bi-monthly publication; AGS Magazine. To view…

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AGS Magazine: July/August issue

The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists are pleased to announce the July/August issue of their bi-monthly publication; AGS Magazine. To view…

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AGS Laboratories Working Group: July 2018 Meeting Update

The third AGS Laboratories Working Group meeting of 2018 took place on 12th July 2018 at Geotechnica and the Laboratories Leader, Dimitris…

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AGS Members’ Day 2018 – an overview from Neil Parry, AGS Chair

This year’s Members’ Day was held in the new venue of the National Motorcycle Museum, where the successful AGS Geotechnical Data Conference…

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AGS Magazine: May/June issue

The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists are pleased to announce the May/June issue of their new bi-monthly publication; AGS Magazine. To…

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Archived AGS Publications

Superseded AGS Publications are available to purchase from the AGS. If you are looking for an AGS Publication and are unable to…


Adrian Pearce UKAS
Andy Symis RSA Geotechnics Ltd
Christopher Caird ALS Global
Claire Stone I2 Analytical Limited
Clare Knighton Structural Soils Ltd
Daniel Smith Ian Farmer Associates
David Entwisle British Geological Survey
Laboratories WG Leader Dimitris Xirouchakis Structural Soils Ltd
Geraint Williams ALcontrol Laboratories
Graeme Thomas UKAS
Janice Haines UKAS
John Masters Geolabs Ltd
John Powell Geolabs Ltd
John Wilson The Environmental Laboratory
Kirk Bridgewood Derwentside Environmental Testing Services Ltd
Lynn Griffin Concept Engineering Consultants Ltd
Mark Beastall I2 Analytical Limited
Martyn Bumstead Norfolk Partnership Laboratory
Peter Keeton
Roger Brown Fugro Limited
Sam Giles UKAS
Stephane Schiano Geotechnics Ltd
Tim Heywood Southern Testing Laboratories
Timon Greenwood Southern Testing Laboratories