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Pile settlement paper scoops 34th Cooling Prize for Cambridge student


DIMITRIOS SELEMATAS from Cambridge University last month scooped the 34th Cooling Prize, the annual BGA competition for young geotechnical engineers.

This final was held on 16 March at Glasgow University, a meeting hosted by the Scottish Geotechnical Group (SGG).

Selematas' paper and presentation covered pile settlement due to tunnelling in London Clay. The judges were Professor Simon Wheeler (representing SGG), Andrew Hitchcock (2003 winner) and Hilary Skinner (BGA).

Other finalists were David Baxter from Rock and Alluvium, who looked at emergency installation of a deep hydraulic cut-off in mudstone by jetgrouting techniques, and Karen Clark from Kingston University, who discussed Gault mudslides on the Isle of Wight.

Each finalist gave a presentation and took questions from the floor.

Selematas wins a £200 cheque from Ground Engineering, which will also publish the winning paper; BGA sponsorship to the European Young Geotechnical Engineers' Conference in September;

and an engraved cut glass decanter.

While the judges deliberated, Professor Geoffrey Boulton of the University of Edinburgh gave a lecture entitled 'Loading the land with ice - glaciation and its geotechnical consequences'

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