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Bored pile paper wins Cooling Prize

FELIX SCHROEDER of Imperial College has won the 32nd Cooling Prize Competition for young geotechnical engineers, held at the University of Southampton's Civil Engineering Department on 19 February.

His paper described a case study of the influence of the construction and loading of bored pile foundations on existing London Underground tunnels measured at a site immediately to the south of Vauxhall Bridge on the River Thames.

The other finalists were Philip Daynes of Cementation Foundations Skanska, who described the base grouting of a preliminary test pile at Stratford Box on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Contract 230; Keith Fishwick of the University of Manchester, who described a simple adaptive mesh scheme and its subsequent application in the finite element analysis of a passive retaining wall; and Joel Smethurst of the University of Southampton, who presented a paper on the use of discrete piles for infrastructure slope stabilisation and in particular the instrumentation of piles at a railway embankment at Hildenborough, Kent.

This year's Cooling Prize judges were Chris Adam from the BGA, David Jordan, representing the Southern Geotechnical Group, and last year's winner Fleur Loveridge.

While the judges deliberated Professor Chris Clayton of the University of Southampton and Dr Angus Best of the Southampton Oceanography Centre presented a lecture 'Submarine slides - morphology, mechanisms and occurrence' Schroeder receives a crystal decanter, a cheque for £200 from Ground Engineering and will be sponsored to attend this year's Young Geotechnical Engineer's Conference at Dundee University. All four finalists received book prizes.

The winning paper will be published in GE later this year.

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