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Task force to target change in ground investigation sector

Melbourne Metro ground investigation

The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists (AGS) has announced that it has partnered with the British Drilling Association (BDA) to create a task force to provide a “spotlight on the Industry”.

One of the key drivers for the initiative was industry representatives being told by a major client that they believed the most hazardous part of their project would be the ground investigation phase. The task force is keen to develop tangible deliverables which can help move the industry forward in reaction to these beliefs, real or conjectured. To achieve this, the collective will conduct a far-reaching and industry wide survey on behalf of the two trade associations.

The initiative has been set up principally to provide a collaborative investigation into current industry standards. It is hoped that the project’s survey will produce some interesting statistics, points of view and exposures that can be utilised to shine a light on what is actually going on in the UK ground investigation industry.

A position paper is set to be released on 1 June which will set out the current “official” standards recognised by both the BDA and AGS, and advocated by their respective members. Following this, there will be a single, all-inclusive survey created that everyone in the industry will be invited to complete in order to obtain a full, all-encompassing view of the UK ground investigation sector. This survey will be open to all and will run throughout the month of July. Data will be collated and interpreted in August with results expected this autumn.

It is hoped that this initiative will be a stimulus change and the start of a new era of working together for the good of the entire UK ground investigation industry.

Read AGS chairman Matthew Baldwin’s recent blog for GE to find out more about the task force

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