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 fought to improve its reputation.

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

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

The membership comprises approximately 150 UK organisations and individuals with a similar interest in the business of site investigation, geotechnics, geoenvironmental engineering, engineering geology,\sgeochemistry, hydrogeology and other related disciplines.

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

  • Safety
  • Practices in the business world
  • 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 accomplishes.

The aims and objectives of the AGS are to:

  • Promote and increase the quality of professional practise in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, particularly representing AGS on British Standards technical committees drafting national standards and Eurocodes.
  • Facilitate close communication between all geotechnical and geoenvironmental bodies, such as the Ground Forum, and encouraging AGS members to submit borehole logs to the British Geological Survey for the public good.

Advocate for the geotechnical and geoenvironmental industry and act as its representative.

Members’ interests are represented and protected in commercial and professional contexts. The Loss Prevention Working Group develops warnings on pertinent subjects such as risk management, forms of contract and insurance.

  • Agree and publish guidelines on good practise and on ethical and professional considerations such as reviewing and updating the Code of Conduct to reflect the widening variety of members’ professional activities.
  • Encourage quality management systems in geotechnical and geoenvironmental projects.
  • Assist and influence decision making within Client organisations on a range of matters.
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In pursuit of these objectives, meetings and seminars are held each year in various parts of the country and a number of publications have been released. The AGS is also represented at technical trade events such as Geotechnica.

In addition, a newsletter is sent three times a year to key persons inside organisations across all sectors of the industry to publicise the work and development of the AGS and its working parties. In addition, the newsletter features in-depth essays on the subject of ground engineering and timely commentary on current events.

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

Your motivations for joining:

Publications from AGS designed to suit industry requirements (discounted to members)

  • AGS lectures on current topics (discounted to members)
  • Annual seminar to examine and improve the electronic data management
  • articles and commentary that are relevant to AGS members’ needs in the newsletter

Directory of AGS Members

  • Take use of the guidance, assistance, and information you need to succeed in your job and the long-term objectives of your firm.
  • Keeping its members and bringing the industry together is a top priority for the AGS. Thus, AGS technical guidance documents, alerts, and reviews of an ever-increasing number of European standards have resulted and continue to arise.
  • We are also urging members to report complaints on our website (, as well as through your reps so that we can continue to assess the important member issues that we need as an organisation to solve.

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Last Updated on December 29, 2021


Author: Indra Gupta

Indra is an in-house writer with a love of Newcastle United and all things sustainable.

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