FLEUR LOVERIDGE of Babtie Group has won the 31st Cooling Prize competition for young geotechnical engineers, held at Cambridge University Engineering Department at the end of February.
Her paper described how the number of props required for construction of retaining walls could be reduced, based on monitoring results from a Channel Tunnel Rail Link site.
Other finalists were Kristinah Samy of the University of Manchester, who described the use of stochastic methods in design and its potential for more reliable predictions;
Stephan von Roon of Cementation Foundations Skanska, who spoke about the importance of base cleanliness of bored piles to produce cost savings and greater pile capacity; and Katherine Liddle of EDGE Consultants, who described research into the use of waste materials such as concrete and steel furnace slag as a filter for landfill waste storage schemes, avoiding both landfill tax (for the waste) and aggregate tax (for new filter materials).
This year's Cooling Prize judges were Professor Robert Mair from Cambridge University, Chris Adam from the BGA and last year's winner, Andreas Frangoulides.
While the judges deliberated, Professor David Hight presented a lecture on some of the geotechnical problems on projects including the River Tyne in the UK and the River Jamuna in Bangladesh.
Loveridge receives a crystal decanter, a cheque for £200 from Ground Engineering and will be sponsored to attend this year's Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference. All finalists received book prizes.
The winning paper will be published in GE later this year.