The British Geotechnical Association (BGA) is the principal
association for geotechnical engineers in the United Kingdom.
The BGA is pleased to announce that Danette Tan of Imperial College is the winner of the 2022 BGA Masters prize for her entry “Assessing life extensions of ageing infrastructure”.
Danette’s dissertation was considered by the judges to show a thorough understanding of the important subject of flood embankment resilience. Her dissertation uses numerical methods to assess the lifespan extension of flood embankments by developing a finite element model of a trial embankment in the Lower Thames, employing an elastic-viscoplastic constitutive model to reproduce the time-dependent behaviour of the foundation alluvial clay. There is a good literature review of elastic-viscoplastic (EVP) constitutive models and the topic of the study and the conclusions are of high quality
The Masters Prize is awarded annually by the BGA for the best MSc/MEng degree dissertation on a geotechnical topic. The other five dissertations submitted for consideration were:
The judges found all six Master’s degree dissertations to be of a very high standard and the final decision was close but Danette’s dissertation was selected as the winner.