CEMENTATION FOUNDATIONS Skanska chief engineer Ken Fleming has died after a long illness.
In a career spanning 43 years with the group, Fleming became recognised as one of the UK's most influential piling engineers. His knowledge and expertise led to international acclaim and a prolific role as a technical authority, writer and public speaker.
A prominent figure in the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Federation of Piling Specialists, he was also appointed visiting professor of Queen's University, Belfast.
In 1999 the British Geotechnical Association awarded Fleming its highest accolade, the Skempton Gold Medal. The following year Cementation joined with the BGA to mark his contribution to geotechnical engineering by inaugurating the Fleming Award.
This international award is presented annually for excellence in geotechnical design and construction. Fleming welcomed it for encouraging fresh engineering talent, underlining the support and guidance he gave to younger colleagues.
Cementation Foundations Skanska managing director Robin Wood described Fleming as 'a mentor to the whole company, who will be deeply missed' 'Ken trained and nurtured many of today's engineers and was always ready to sort out seemingly insurmountable engineering problems. His intellect and professional capabilities were legion, but it is for his grace, humanity and downright decency that he will be most fondly remembered, ' he said.