Early Careers Webinar Series – Drilling Techniques and In Situ Testing

5th Jun 2024 11:00
Duration: 2hr 10mins

The AGS are pleased to announce a new webinar entitled ‘Drilling Techniques and In Situ Testing’ as part of the ongoing AGS Early Careers Webinar Series.

Chaired by Harry McAllister (Senior Geotechnical Consultant at TRC Companies Inc), the webinar will take place virtually on Wednesday 5th June at 11.00am-13.10pm.

This webinar aims to provide an introduction to some of the most common drilling methods utilised within ground investigations and provide an overview of the capabilities, benefits and limitations of the various methods. In addition, the webinar will summarise best practices for common in-situ geotechnical and geoenvironmental testing and the consultant or engineer’s role when supervising such tests.

While tailored for early career engineers and consultants new to work in the construction industry, members of all levels are welcome to attend to stimulate a discussion around obtaining good quality field data from site investigations.

This webinar looks to discuss:

-Common drilling techniques for ground investigations

-Common in-situ geotechnical tests including soakaway testing to BRE365

-Common in-situ geoenvironmental tests including photo ionisation detectors

-The consultant’s role when supervising borehole drilling and in-situ testing


Speakers announced to date include:

  • Harry McAllister (Senior Geotechnical Consultant at TRC Companies Inc)
  • Julian Puzyna (Director at Sackedgate)
  • Martyn Brocklesby (Director at Geotechnical Engineering and Director of the British Drilling Association)
  • Eleanor Cook (Senior Contaminated Land Consultant at Arup)

The webinar is free of charge for AGS Members and students, and £50 (plus VAT) for non-Members.

In order to obtain the AGS Member rate, please add the delegate place to your basket, select ‘proceed to checkout’, enter delegate details and under ‘billing details’, select your company from the AGS member company dropdown list. The rate at the end of the checkout page will then update to the AGS member rate.


Sponsorship packages are available for this webinar and can be viewed here. If you’d like to confirm your support, please contact Angharad Lambourne-Wade on ags@ags.org.uk. Please note that packages are limited and are offered on a first come, first served basis. The deadline for sponsorship is Wednesday 1st May.


Harry McAllister (Webinar Chair)
Senior Geotechnical Consultant at TRC Companies Inc

Harry has a degree in Geology from the University of Portsmouth and Master’s degree in Mining Geology and Geotechnics from the University of Exeter. He has over 6 years experience within the ground engineering sector as a geotechnical engineer with a focus on the redevelopment of brownfield sites for a variety of residential, commercial and industrial use. He has also gained significant experience on linear infrastructure projects across the UK and is an active member of the AGS Business Practice Working Group.

Julian Puzyna
Director at Sackedgate

Julian’s ground investigation career began at a soil laboratory doing shear strength and other tests. After completing a civil engineering degree he was employed by his first engineering firm in 1997. Julian has been planning and executing investigations ever since (currently on his 879th investigation). There are many reasons to explore or investigate the ground, but Julian’s main focus is now ground contamination. 

Eleanor Cook
Senior Consultant at Arup 

Eleanor has a degree in Environmental Geoscience and a Master’s degree in Applied Environmental Geology, both from Cardiff University. She has over 6 years’ experience as a land quality and contamination consultant working on a variety of brownfield sites within London and the Southeast. Eleanor has experience working on large ground investigations, risk assessments and earthworks projects and as a geoenvironmental auditor. She is a member of the AGS Contaminated Land Working Group. 

Price: £60.00
AGS Member: Free
Student: £0.00
inc. VAT

Price: £60.00
AGS Member: Free
Student: £0.00
inc. VAT