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Fertiliser study wins ICE graduate competition

Graduate Mark Sanders from Halcrow scooped a £1,500 cash prize and the much coveted Institution medal at the recent 2012 ICE Graduate and Student Paper Competition (GPSC) final. Mark was one of three Graduate members who made it to the final leg of the ICE competition, an annual prize awarded to the student or graduate member who presents the best civil engineering paper.

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The three finalists earned their place in the last round following a series of regional heats which took place throughout the year.

ICE director of membership David Lloyd Roach said: “The evening’s presentations reflected serious global issues that our three finalists relished tackling.

“The presentations were excellent both in technical content and delivery and the audience could not have been more engaged.”

Competition was fierce with strong entries from Jamie Radford, who presented his innovative research on the development of improved latrine emptying technologies, and Jonathan Lee, who analysed the hydrodynamic performance of a partially perforated breakwater.

But it was Saunders’ paper on the negative environmental effects resulting from the use of inorganic fertilisers and promoting the sustainable alternative of using human waste that caught the attention of the judging panel.

Mark said the award was a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of a problematic issue. “I believe my paper presents a solution for both developing and developed countries. I plan on using the prize, together with my ICE Quest Award, to travel to Haiti next year to build on my work so far and research best practice,” he said.

GSPC chair, Wei Liu, added: “This year’s final was very strong. We had three great papers, professionally presented and focusing on issues surrounding sustainability, an area that often falls outside the focus of many engineers and researchers.”

Further details on the final and the finalists’ presentations can be found at www.ice.org.uk/gspc

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