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Imperial student wins Cooling Prize for paper on new prediction method

DAVE EDWARDS, a nal year PhD student at Imperial College, walked off with the 36th Cooling Prize at the annual BGA competition for young engineers on 14 March.

The event at Leeds University was jointly hosted by the British Geotechnical Association and the ICE Yorkshire Geotechnical Group.

Edwards' paper and presentation on a new method for the prediction of punch-through failures for jackup platforms won him the prize of a decanter, £200 from GE (which will also publish his paper), and a sponsored trip to the 17th Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference at Zagreb, Croatia in July.

The other three nalists were Mark Bruton from Scott Wilson, who demonstrated effectiveness of fast-track design strategy in response to emergency works; Alex Liew from Atkins who discussed value in value engineering: Midland Metro Phase 1 Extensions, Chelseld retaining wall, Brierley Hill, West Midlands - preliminary design; and Pierre Malan from Webber Associates whose presentation was on geotechnical aspects of the M42 active traffic management scheme.

The judging panel, chaired by Leeds University's Doug Stewart, included Hilary Skinner from the BGA and last year's winner Keith Emmett.

During judging Bob Essler of RD Geotech gave a talk on the design and construction of the north-south metro project in Amsterdam.

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