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Awards celebrate geotechnical excellence

Almost 400 people gathered at the Grosvenor House Hotel this afternoon to find out who were the winners in this year’s Ground Engineering Awards.

This year’s event attracted the highest ever number of entries and a record crowd the ceremony itself.

New awards at this year’s event were the Consulting Firm, Contractor and Ground Investigation Specialist of the Year categories, which were presented to Ramboll, Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering and RSK, respectively.

The Health and Safety Award was won by the MVB joint venture working on the Lee Tunnel for it diaphragm wall protection barrier. Worley Parsons scooped the Sustainability Award for its work with National Grid and VHE Construction setting up a hub-based soil remediation programme. The Product Innovation Award went to Halcrow for its GRANIT rock bolt testing system.

The Award for Technical Excellence went to Thiess John Holland, Arup and Benaim-URS for its work on the Toombul Box Jack.

Work to stabilise ground behind a domestic property helped Geotechnics to win the UK Project with a Geotechnical Value of up to £1M category, while the award for over £1M went to Balfour Beatty and Mott MacDonald for their work on the A3 Hindhead Tunnel. International Project of the Year Award was presented to Maccaferri for its work on the soil retaining structures for Sikkim Airport.

URS engineer Roger Palmer won the Young Geotechnical Engineer of the Year Award against some tough competition.

The final award of the afternoon was another new category – the Editor’s Award – and this went to the MVB joint venture for its work on the diaphragm walls for the shafts on the Lee Tunnel project.

Full details of the award winners and highly commended entries will be available in the June issue of Ground Engineering.

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