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Tube stabilisation scoops top Cooling Prize

ANTOINE ANDREI of Kvaerner Cementation Foundations won the prestigious Cooling Prize Competition for young geotechnical engineers held at the University of Leeds at the end of February.

His paper described embankment stabilisation works on the London Underground between Rayners Lane and South Harrow tube stations.

The other finalists were Oliver Batchelor of Keller Ground Engineering who reviewed compensation grouting in granular soils on the Docklands Light Railway Lewisham extension in London; Peter Ingram of City University who presented a paper on the effects of modelling volumetric creep on ground movements; and Andrew Kilby of Allott and Lomax who described the load displacement behaviour of driven precast piles in the Redcar Mudstone formation at Bran Sands.

Judges were last year's winner Archie Mundegar of Ove Arup and Partners, Ian Webber representing the host Yorkshire Geotechnical Group and Professor Guy Houlsby of Oxford University representing the BGS.

Andrei receives a cut glass decanter and a cheque for £500 from Ground Engineering, and will represent Britain at this year's European Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference in Thira, Santorini, Greece.

The winning paper will be published in Ground Engineering later this year.

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