The British Geotechnical Association (BGA) is pleased to announce that the 2022 BGA Medal has been awarded to the paper “Advanced in situ and laboratory characterisation of the ALPACA chalk research site” by Ken Vinck, Tingfa Liu, Richard Jardine, Stavroula Kontoe, Reza Ahmadi-Naghadeh, Roísín Buckley, Bryon Byrne, James Lawrence, Ross McAdam and Fabian Schranz.
The full reference for the paper is:
Vinck, Liu, Jardine et al (2022) Advanced in situ and laboratory characterisation of the ALPACA chalk research site. Géotechnique, Ahead of Print, Published online: April 25, 2022 [https://doi.org/10.1680/jgeot.21.00197]
The paper can be accessed via the ICE Virtual Library HERE.
There was huge total of seventeen entries to the competition this year with many of exceptionally high standard, making the selection of the winner by the prizes sub-committee a long and thoughtful task.
The Judges concluded the winning paper an extremely valuable contribution for use in practice. The paper describes a characterisation study which applied advanced testing to establish how the properties of low to medium density chalks vary with applied stress conditions, depth and structure, thereby forming a valuable source of information that can be used to aid in tackling a wide variety of geotechnical problems in chalk.
The BGA Medal is awarded annually (each calendar year) by the BGA to a paper substantially authored by a BGA member or BGA members published in an international journal or from BGA, ISSMGE and ISRM conferences, and submitted for consideration of the award.