The British Geotechnical Society (BGA) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 49th Cooling Prize Competition to be held in Manchester on 28 February 2018.
The Cooling Prize is held annually to celebrate the life of the late Dr Leonard Cooling, past chairman of the British Geotechnical Society Committee (forerunner of today's BGA), to encourage young ground engineers to hone their technical paper-writing and oral presentation skills. Selecting the finalists was a challenging job this year with a total of 12 papers submitted.
This years finalists are:
The topics selected by the finalists are wide-ranging: Krechowiecki-Shaw will review use of traffic to treat temporary haul roads., while Newhouse will look at ground movement due to shaft construction and Saracho will discuss the use of microbially induced calcite precipitation on earth embankment dams.
The candidates will present their papers at the event in front of an audience and a panel of judges with the winner announced at the end of the evening.
The judging panel will be Arup’s Francesc Mirada, who won the 2017 event, Manchester University’s Domenico Lombardo, Bolton University’s Paul McMahon and BGA chairman Martin Preene.
While the judges deliberate over the winner, the audience will enjoy a 20 minute presentation by Coffey’s Andrew Smith on major repair works on the A645 Newland Bridge.
The winner will be presented with a trophy and a £200 prize from Ground Engineering Magazine by Cooling’s daughter Christine Cooling. The winner’s paper will also be published in Ground Engineering Magazine and have the opportunity to represent the BGA at the European Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference in Austria this September.
The event will be held at the Friends Quaker Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS and starts at 6pm, details and booking are via the BGA events page, which can be found here.