Buro Happold engineer Jonathan Dewsbury became the winner of the 43rd Cooling Prize after presenting his paper, along with the other candidates, at Queen’s University Belfast last week.
Dewsbury beat off stiff competition from Thomas Shire from Imperial College London and Mott MacDonald’s James Eadington, who also presented papers at the event hosted by the Northern Ireland Geotechnical Group.
Dewsbury’s winning paper was entitled Stiffness parameters for the foundation design of ‘The Landmark’ tower.Eadington’s paper was on Stiffness Parameters for Deep Tunnels – Developing a Robust Parameter Selection Framework, while Shire presented a paper on Soil Fabric Measurement and its Relationship to an Empirical Design Rule
The winner was announced by British Geotechnical Association chairman Rab Fernie, who acknowledged the high quality of all three papers presented at the event.
Dewsbury was presented with a crystal decanter by Christine Cooling, daughter of the late Dr Leonard Cooling, who gave an introductory talk on the history of the prize and on the pioneering work of her father. A special prize, the publication ‘Rudolph Glossop and the Rise of Geotechnology’ was presented by the author of the new book, Ron Williams.