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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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…


An Introduction to Geotechnical Laboratory Testing for Routine Construction Projects

Published in December 2008 This guide explains the purpose of laboratory testing, and highlights factors that may affect the validity and usefulness…


AGS Guide to Environmental Sampling

Published in May 2010 This document is intended to provide practical guidance on the mechanics of the environmental sampling of soils, liquids…


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AGS Members’ Day 2018 – Programme and Registration

AGS Members’ Day 2018 is taking place on Wednesday 11th April at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham. Celebrating 30 years of…

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AGS Magazine – January/February issue

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

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AGS Laboratories Working Group: October 2017 Meeting Update

The final AGS Laboratories Working Group meeting of the year took place on 17th October 2017 in London and the Laboratories Leader,…

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AGS Magazine – November/December issue

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

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Explaining Laboratory Proficiency Testing

by John Masters, Director of Geolabs The use of Proficiency testing and Interlaboratory comparison schemes is an invaluable tool for laboratories to…

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AGS Members Day 2017 and Speaker Presentations

AGS Members Day 2017 was held on 6th April 2017 at the Barbican. The day was a great success and well attended…


Adrian Pearce UKAS
Andy Symis RSA Geotechnics Ltd
Christopher Caird ALS Environmental
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 GeoServices Limited
Sam Giles UKAS
Stephane Schiano Geotechnics Ltd
Tim Heywood Southern Testing Laboratories
Timon Greenwood Southern Testing Laboratories