The Association of Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Specialists (AGS) is a trade association established to improve the profile and quality of geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering. The membership comprises organisations and individuals having a common interest in site investigation, geotechnics, geoenvironmental engineering, engineering geology, geochemistry, hydrogeology and other related disciplines.
The AGS has a number of active working groups, including:
Contaminated Land: Provides an authoritative voice on contaminated land to outside bodies; ensures Members are kept up to date on developments in this field; and ensures that both geotechnical and environmental matters are fully considered in the assessment of land quality.
Loss Prevention: Attempts to minimise business exposure and combat profit erosion by providing procedural support and good practice guidance covering insurance issues, legal matters, and new legislation.
Business Practice: Encourages good standards in all aspects of business practice amongst members. Promotes to clients the use of a ‘best value’ approach to geotechnics and geoenvironmental services. Addresses members own professional standards through the publication and promotion of ‘Guidelines for Good Practice in Site Investigation’ and the ‘Code of Conduct for Site Investigation’.
Laboratories: Encourages and assists Members to provide high quality, appropriate and reliable testing services.
The AGS Data Format has developed into an international standard for the electronic transfer of geotechnical and geoenvironmental data from site investigations.
The AGS publishes a number of useful Clients’ Guides which can be downloaded from the website.