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Pile disturbance paper wins this year's Cooling Prize

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KEITH EMMETT from Sheffield University walked off with the 35 th Cooling Prize at the annual BGA competition for young engineers on 7 February.

The East Midlands Geotechnical Group hosted this year's final at Nottingham University.

Emmett's paper and presentation on pile disturbance in layered ground won him a decanter, £200 from GE (which will publish his paper), and a sponsored trip to the International Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference in Osaka in September.

The other fi alists were Stuart Hardy from Mott MacDonald, who looked at non-linear analysis of large pile groups for the new Wembley Stadium; Jane Beresford from Edge Consultants, who discussed combined solutions to slope instability problems; and Kenny Sorensen, whose presentation was on the influence of strain acceleration on stiffness of clay in the small strain region.

As well making presentations, finalists answered wide-ranging questions from the audience.

Professor Hai-Sui Yu chaired a judging panel that included last year's winner Dimitrios Selematas.

During judging Professor Malcolm Bolton gave a talk challenging the need for fimite element analysis in routine design calculations for deformation.

All the finalists received copies of Cone penetration testing in geotechnical practice for their efforts.

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