Esteban Litvin of Atkins won the 39th Cooling Prize in Newcastle upon Tyne last month for his paper Numerical analysis of the effect of rainfall infiltration on slope stability.
Runner-up was Jonathan Black of the University of Plymouth for his paper The performance of foundations on soft clay reinforced with vibrated stone columns.
In third place from the University of Southampton was Michael Rattley, for his paper The rate dependent uplift behaviour of shallow footings founded on clay.
The judges were Graham Shore of the Northern Geotechnical Group, Charles Augarde of the University of Durham and BGA competition organiser Peter Gilbert.
The audience was also treated to a lecture from Russell Bayliss of Parsons Brinckerhoff on "Some geotechnical aspects of the New Tyne Crossing".
Litvin will receive a cut-glass decanter and a cheque for £250 at the Institution of Civil Engineers on 11 June and a place at the European Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference in Hungary this autumn. Winners and finalists all received Joseph E Bowles Foundation Analysis and Design.
For details of next year's 40th Cooling Prize Competition go to www.britishgeotech.org.uk