The British Geotechnical Society (BGA) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 50th Cooling Prize Competition to be held in London on 5 March 2019.
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.
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 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 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 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.
While the judges deliberate over the winner, there will be a short keynote lecture by Howard Roscoe (winner of the first Cooling Prize) on HS1 Ashford Tunnels - A Retrospective.
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 an upcoming European Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference.
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 evening will conclude with a Drinks Reception kindly sponsored by AECOM, Arup, Atkins and Mott MacDonald.
The event will be held at the Institution of Civil Engineers, Great George Street, London and starts at 6:30pm, details and booking are via the BGA events page, which can be found here.