This year's event, the 7th Glossop Lecture and Award, was the first not to be held at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London. More than 150 people attended the evening and the audience was as diverse as previous years, with many prominent members of the profession seated alongside younger professionals and students.
The evening started with Glossop Award, introduced by Engineering Group of the Geological Society chairman John Perry who described it as the 'names to watch' stage in engineering geology.The award is made annually to a practising engineering geologist under the age of 30, who is a Fellow of the Geological Society and under training for, or already, a chartered geologist.
The standard of entries for this year's award had been very high, Perry said, with each candidate demonstrating the value of an engineering geologist's involvement in a diversity of projects. The winner was Jim Gelder of Mott MacDonald.
In contrast, The Glossop Lecture 'represents the culmination of an engineering geologist's career' according to Perry, and is by invitation from the Engineering Group.
This year the honour went to Professor Martin Culshaw, who is chief engineering geologist of the British Geological Survey and manages its Urban Geoscience and Geological Hazards Programme.
Culshaw has been involved in engineering geological research, environmental and engineering geological mapping, geo-hazard assessment, site investigation and the application of geology to land use planning for over 30 years, and was a recipient of the Engineering Group Award in 1989.
The Glossop Medal and Glossop Award were made by Lady Chitty, daughter of the late Professor Rudolph Glossop.
Finally, the Engineering Group Award for 2003 went to Ian Sims. Perry thanked Sims for his long term service with special mention for three special publications on aggregates, stone and clay, and his continuing work on a fourth focusing on hot deserts.