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Double firsts all round at BGA

THE FIRST evening meeting of the British Geotechnical Association, at the ICE in September, was marked by the inaugural Fleming Award.

The award, set up to acknowledge projects that demonstrate geotechnical engineering innovation and team working, was won by members of the team constructing the Copenhagen Metro.

The winners, lead by David Beadman of Bachy Soletanche, included engineers from Carillion, Maunsell, Comet and Cowi.

The team described how the observational method is being used to reduce the need for propping on the Copenhagen Metro.

The team donated the £3000 prize to a Romanian orphanage set up by Bachy Soletanche in the early 1990s.

Other finalists included an elaborate basement for an extension below a listed house in central London (team included Applied Geotechnical Engineering, CMCS, Berry Withers, R Durtnell & Sons and Symonds Travers Morgan) and a novel foundation support system for a cylindrical leachate storage tank at Rainham Landfill (Keller, Cleanaway and Halcrow).

The accolade was devised and sponsored by Cementation Foundations to honour the contribution to the geotechnical industry of its long-serving chief engineer Dr Ken Fleming. The event was administered by the BGA which chose the finalists and winning entry.

Fleming said: 'The winning team more than merited the award. Copenhagen has never had a deep metro system and the techniques they used were both innovative and effective.

'However each of the three finalists would have been worthy winners. They all demonstrated excellent geotechnical techniques and innovative schemes. '

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