COOLING PRIZE Competition: Archie Mundegar (centre) of Ove Arup and Partners was the
winner of this year's Cooling Prize Competition for young geotechnical engineers held
at the University of Wales, Cardiff.
His paper, based on laboratory testing as part of an Msc dissertation at Imperial College, described the engineering significance of mica content in sand relating to the Jamuna Bridge project in Bangladesh.
The other finalists (from right) are: Paul Wiltcher, Kvaerner Cementation, who described his role on site during piling at the Bluewater site in Dartford; Toby Hayward, University of Southampton, who presented results from an instrumented bored pile wall with stabilising base at Coventry and Rand Selman, Mott MacDonald, who described her undergraduate project at Imperial College, examining the movements of existing Northern Line tunnels during the construction of two Jubilee Line Extension tunnels beneath them.
Also pictured are Christine Cooling, daughter of Leonard Cooling in whose honour the competition is held. This year's competition attracted eight entries of high standard and the presentations were equally impressive with three of the finalists showing enviable mastery of computer projection facilities.
Tony Barley of Keller Ground Engineering gave a special lecture on the use of ground anchors in the 21st century while the judges retired to make their deliberations.
The winner receives a cut glass decanter, cheque from Ground Engineering and will represent Britain at this year's European Young Geotechnical Engineers' Conference.
The winning paper and a fully report on the other finalists' presentations will be published in Ground Engineering in the near future.