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Pile modelling takes Cooling Prize

ANDREAS FRANGOULIDES has won the 30th Cooling Prize competition for young geotechnical engineers, held at Queen's University, Belfast at the beginning of February.

His paper, Model testing of continuous helical displacement piles, presented results of his research, sponsored by Roger Bullivant, carried out at Cambridge University.

Results of the pile model tests in kaolin are already being used by the foundation contractor to install higher quality piles in a more efficient manner.

The other finalists were Beatrice Baudet of City University who presented her paper on predicting the behaviour of soft sensitive clays;

Claire Watson of Kvaerner Cementation whose paper described the stabilisation of Stanmore Cutting: and Hugo Wood of High Point Rendel who discussed the geotechnical challenges for the design of a landfill in Lebanon.

Judges were Chris Eccles from the BGS committee, Gary McCandless representing host the Northern Ireland Geotechnical Group and one of last year's finalists, Paul Kilby.

Frangoulides receives a cut glass decanter and a cheque for £200 from Ground Engineering and will represent Britain at the International Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference in Southampton.

The winning paper will be published in GE later this year.

The world's geotechnical greats will be converging on London this month, as BGS hosts a meeting of the board of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.

Board members will attend Professor John Atkinson's 40th Rankine Lecture on 15 March and will be guests of the BGS at the Rankine Dinner.The ISSMGE Board meets the following day at the Institution of Civil Engineers in Great George Street.

Dionne Jacobs is the new BGS adminstrator, based at the ICE in London, tel: +44 207 665 2233, fax: +44 207 799 1325 Email: jacobs_d@ice. org. uk, website: www. geo. org. uk

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