PHILIP TOWE of Severn Trent Water has won the second Midland Geotechnical Society Young Engineer competition, for the presentation of his paper 'Automated determination of particle distribution curves for fine grained soils'.
The paper examined three novel methods for PSD determination, pressure decay at known depth, changes in transmitted light intensity and changes in 90degrees refracted light intensity. According to Towe, both the forward light transmission and pressure decay methods give promising results. Towe is shown receiving his prize from chairman of the judges Stewart Jarvis. Other finalists were Nick Dewsnap of Coventry University with a paper on a hydrogeological assessment of landfilled waste, Matt Jordan of Wardell Armstrong on the reclamation strategy at Telford Forge Retail Park and Neil Tompkiss of WS Atkins on a study of the long term stability of a highway cutting.