Strength in Numbers

For more than a quarter of a century, the Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists has championed the industry’s interests and worked to raise its profile.

Why not become part of the leading and largest trade organisation and most effective voice for people like you working in ground engineering?

The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists (AGS) is a non-profit making trade association established over 25 years ago to improve the profile and quality of geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering.

The membership comprises nearly 150 UK organisations and individuals having a common interest in the business of site investigation, geotechnics, geoenvironmental engineering, engineering geology,
geochemistry, hydrogeology and other related disciplines.

The engine room of the AGS comprises seven working groups including:

• Safety

• Business practice

• Contaminated land

• Loss prevention

• Data management

• Laboratories

• New Ideas Forum

• AGS Mission

Maybe you think you are too small or too large or just don’t know what AGS does.

The aims and objectives of the AGS are to:

• Promote and enhance the quality of professional practice in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, including representing AGS on British Standards technical committees writing national standards and Eurocodes.

• Facilitate close liaison between all geotechnical and geoenvironmental organisations, such as the Ground Forum, and encouraging AGS members to submit borehole logs to the British Geological Survey for the public good.

• Champion and represent the geotechnical and geoenvironmental industry.

• Represent and uphold members’ interests in commercial and professional matters. The Loss Prevention Working Group writes alerts on relevant issues such as risk management, forms of contract and insurance.

• Agree and publish guidelines on good practice and on ethical and professional matters such as revising and updating the Code of Conduct to reflect the increasing range of members’ professional activities.

• Encourage quality management systems in geotechnical and geoenvironmental work.

• Assist and influence decision making within Client organisations on a range of matters.

In furtherance of these objectives, meetings and seminars are held each year in various parts of the country and a series of publications have been issued. The AGS is also represented at technical trade shows such as Geotechnica.

In addition, a newsletter is distributed three times a year to key individuals within organisations across all sectors of the industry to publicise the work and progress of the AGS and its working parties. The newsletter also presents informed articles on ground engineering and commentaries on topical issues or events.

There are many reasons to join AGS but perhaps the most important ones to consider are those that justify the cost of the annual subscription.

Reasons for you to join:

• AGS publications to meet the needs of industry (discounted to members)

• AGS seminars on topical issues (discounted to members)

• Annual seminar to review and update the electronic data management

• AGS newsletter with articles and comment directly related to members’ interests

• AGS Membership Directory

• Enjoy access to advice, support and info that benefits your daily working life and long-term company goals

The focus for the AGS is to continue to support member organisations and bring the industry together. This has and continues to result in AGS technical guidance documents, alerts and reviewing the increasing number of European standards.

We are also encouraging members to lodge issues on our website (, as well as through your representatives so that we can continue to determine the key member issues that we need as an association to address.

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