The British Geotechnical Association (BGA) is the principal
association for geotechnical engineers in the United Kingdom.

BGA Fleming Award Event 2020

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BGA Fleming Award Event 2020

9th Dec 2020 17:00 hours

On-line event

Event Information

This is an on-line event. Attendees should register for the event, and will receive a booking confirmation and the viewing link by email.

This event is free to attend.
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The Fleming Award competition is held at an evening meeting of the BGA each December, with entries being invited during the autumn of each year. The award recognises excellence in the practical application of geotechnics in a project or a part of a project, and is awarded to project teams who have worked on geotechnical projects that have been substantially completed within the two years prior to the award date of December. Each Team is expected to comprise between 3 and 6 people, at least one of whom must be a member of the BGA.

Submitting teams typically include representatives from Clients, Main Contractors, Consulting Engineers, Specialist Contractors and so on. The award is presented to the Project Team which most demonstrates excellence in geotechnical design & construction. There is an emphasis on teamwork across the different disciplines involved in the project, innovation is also a strong consideration.

A list of previous winners and finalists can be viewed here.

The final of the competition will be held as an on-line event:

  • Each team will give a short presentation (about 20 to 25 minutes with questions afterwards). After the presentations have been completed, the judges will retire to consider their verdict.
  • There will be a short keynote lecture by Dr Christopher Power of Mott MacDonald while the judges reach their decision.

The judges will be selected from members of the BGA Executive Committee, previous winner(s) and industry leaders.

The shortlisted finalists will be announced nearer the event.

The BGA Shortlisting Panel were impressed by the variety of projects put forward and the great work that has been undertaken by the applicants.

The three projects and teams selected to present at the event are:

Analysis, Design and Construction of the Boston BarrierMott MacDonald and BAM Nuttall
Robroyston Link Road, GlasgowTensar International Limited, Glasgow City Council, Park Lane (Scotland) Ltd, Luddon Construction Ltd, Foster Contracting (North) Ltd, GeoFEM
21 Moorfields - piling through Moorgate Station, LondonCementation Skanska, Robert Bird Group, Mace, Geotechnical Consulting Group, Land Securities, London Concrete

Keynote Lecture

Presented by Dr Christopher Power of Mott MacDonald

Meeting the Climate Change Challenge to Transportation Infrastructure Geotechnical Assets

The UK has a vast strategic transportation infrastructure network that is supported by, or runs through, geotechnical assets (earthworks). The strategic road network in England comprises nearly 50,000 such assets, and the rail network in Great Britain has nearly 200,000. Whilst these assets vary considerably in age and performance, they are all exposed to our fickle maritime climate: the key driver for their deterioration and increasingly, their failure. While the management of these assets is challenging at the best of times, due to the complex geology of the UK and variable standards of asset construction, the changing climate presents a further challenge for asset owners to address. This presentation will outline the scale of this challenge, and describe how two major geotechnical asset owners are rising to face it.

Speaker Biography

Dr Christopher Power is a Technical Director in the Civils Asset Management Team of Mott MacDonald. He is an Engineering Geologist with over 20 years of experience, much of it working with major transportation infrastructure owners in the UK. He has been involved in the development and support of the Highways England Geotechnical Data Management System since its inception, and has assisted both Highways England, Network Rail and other asset owners in the development of their geotechnical asset management processes.

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