Southampton University and National Grid UK research student Frederick Levy was named as the winner of the 44th Cooling Prize last night at an event held at the University of Glasgow.
Levy presented his paper on “The uplift capacity of transmission tower foundations” to a panel of judges and an audience at the event, alongside papers delivered by Golder Associates’ Martyn Willan and Piotr Kowalczyk from Donaldson Associates.
The annual event, which encourages young engineers to write their first paper, is organised by the British Geotechnical Association.
The BGA said that the competition saw record entries this year and the said that they judges had their work cut out both choosing finalists as well as assessing the presentations on the night of the final.
Levy’s paper was selected as the winner after presenting his work alongside Willan’s paper on “Geotechnical properties of Patagonian Tephra Tuff” and Kowalczyk who presented a paper on “A comparison between classical bearing capacity theory and a numerical approach for onshore wind turbine foundations”.
While the judges deliberated over the winner, Professor David Muir Wood from Dundee University gave a presentation on Rooting for sustainable performance (modelling interaction of roots and soil).
Levy is the fourth successive Southampton University student to win the Cooling Prize and follow in the footsteps of Kevin Briggs in 2010, Gabriella Wojtowitz in 2011 and last year’s winner Jonathan Dewsbury.