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50th Cooling Prize Competition

BGA Meeting
  • 05.03.2019
  • 18:30 - 20:30
  • Telford Lecture Theatre, Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA
  • Organiser: British Geotechnical Association
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50th Cooling Prize Competition

Tuesday 5th March 2019 at 18:30 hours

Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3AA

The 50th Cooling Prize Competition will be held in London on 5 March 2019. Tea & coffee will be available from 18:00.

This event is free to attend, but advance booking is required, via the link at the bottom of this web page.

The event can be viewed on line via this link.

An event flyer can be downloaded here.

At the event the three finalists will present their papers, and there will be a keynote lecture. Also, to celebrate the 50th anniversary there will be a gathering of former Cooling Prize winners, and we hope around 30 former winners will attend.

The Cooling Prize finalists are:

Saleh Jalbi (Robert Bird & Partners / University of Surrey): Practical methods to predict the dynamic performance of offshore wind turbines considering foundation-structure interaction

Jay Lobwein (Jacobs / Imperial College London): Investigating the salinity impact on ground subsidence in Jakarta

Harry Postill (Loughborough University): Clay cut slope deterioration, climate change and maintenance.

The judging panel will be led by Sergio Solera of the BGA Executive Committee who will be joined by Joe Newhouse of Mott MacDonald (winner of the Cooling Prize in 2018), Professor Sarah Stallebrass of City, University of London and Rachel Monteith of Buro Happold.

After the presentations, while the judges consider their verdict, the will be a short keynote lecture

Keynote Lecture

Howard Roscoe (winner of the first Cooling Prize)


HS1 Ashford Tunnels - A Retrospective

The HS1 Ashford Tunnels were completed in 2003. Wall behaviour and prop loads were monitored for construction control and to make savings by the use of an observational method. The methodology, principal observations and application to the design of the structures are given in a series of published papers.

This talk will outline the approaches used to design and construct the 14 cut and cover structures that comprise the HS1 Ashford Tunnels and will summarise some of the main findings. It will include previously unpublished detail of the back analysis made on one of the first structures to be constructed. It will discuss the influence on current practice of the experience gained at Ashford and of the performance data reported from that site.

The Cooling Prize

The Cooling Prize competition is held annually by the British Geotechnical Association (BGA) and is named after Dr Leonard Cooling, one of the founders of British Soil Mechanics, a former chair of the BGA, and the 2nd Rankine Lecturer. The Cooling Prize competition is intended for professionals in the geotechnical/ground engineering industry in the early stages of their careers.

After the event there will be a drinks reception kindly sponsored by AECOM, Atkins, Arup and Mott MacDonald.

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