The Masters Dissertation Prize is awarded annually by the BGA for the best Masters degree dissertation on a geotechnical topic.
The call for entries for the 2023 BGA Masters Dissertation Prize will open in December 2023.
The competition is open to student members of the BGA who will be completing a dissertation in 2023, either as part of a taught course MEng or a coursework-based MSc at a British University.
The dissertation should be completed in the field of soil mechanics, geotechnical engineering, geo-environmental engineering, engineering geology or an allied subject. It is intended that the dissertation should represent the student’s own work completed as part of the final year assessment for an MEng graduate degree or as part of coursework completed in satisfaction of an MSc postgraduate degree. Dissertations produced as part of MRes or similar postgraduate research based degrees/diplomas etc are not eligible for the award.
Entries will be judged by a panel of members of the BGA Executive Committee. The panel will contain both practising geotechnical engineers and academics.
Entries will be assessed using a range of criteria, including: scientific quality; originality; depth and breadth of understanding; standard of presentation; practical significance.
The BGA reserves the right to make no award.
The Masters Dissertation Prize rules can be downloaded below:
|2022||Danette Tan, Imperial College London: Assessing life extensions of ageing infrastructure|
|2021||Ana Pirrone, Imperial College London: Geotechnical data integration in the calibration of constitutive models using machine learning and metaheuristics|
|2020||Abigail Bateman, University of Bristol: Analytical methods for non-linear pile base settlement prediction in clay|
|2019||Geng Jie (Jay) Liang, Imperial College London: Characterizing the variability of London Clay: a study of tunnel face logs from the Jubilee Line Extension between Green Park and Waterloo|
|2018||Isabel von Celsing, University of Oxford: Offshore wind turbine foundation design Using 3D finite element limit analysis|
|2017||Jack Templeman, University of Oxford: Numerical modelling of lateral buckling of subsea pipelines|
|2016||Lauren Doughty, Imperial College London: Laboratory testing of chalk|
|2015||Iona Richards, University of Oxford: Time and rate effects for laterally loaded driven piles in clays|
|2014||Srikanth Madhabhushi, University of Cambridge: Investigating the deformation mechanisms beneath shallow foundations|
|2013||Victor Dubasaru, Imperial College London: Pile clash mitigation|
|2012||Marina Sideri, Imperial College London: A study of ground loading on shafts|
|2011||Thomas Clifford, University of Birmingham: Designing for rockfall in quarries|