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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Event Bookings

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 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…

AGS Documents

AGS Business Plan

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

Position Paper

Laboratory Proficiency Testing

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


The EN ISO 17892 Standards for Geotechnical Testing - March 2014

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

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…


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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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POSTPONED: AGS Laboratories, Instrumentation & Monitoring Conference

With the ongoing situation of COVID-19, The AGS have made the decision to postpone the Laboratories, Instrumentation and Monitoring Conference which was…

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AGS Laboratories Working Group Update

Mark Beastall of Socotec, the recently elected new leader of the Laboratories Working Group, has provided an update on the top issues…

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AGS Awards 2019

This year’s AGS Awards took place during the Annual General Meeting at AGS Annual Conference 2019 on Wednesday 3rd April at the…

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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…


Adrian Pearce UKAS
Andy Symis RSA Geotechnics Ltd
Christopher Caird ALS Global
Claire Stone I2 Analytical Limited
Daniel Smith Ian Farmer Associates
David Entwisle British Geological Survey
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
Laboratories WG Leader Mark Beastall SOCOTEC
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