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Cooling Prize finalists announced

The British Geotechnical Association (BGA) has announced the finalists for the 50th Cooling Prize Competition to be held in London on 5 March 2019.

The finalists are:

  • Saleh Jalbi of Robert Bird & Partners and the University of Surrey: Practical methods to predict the dynamic performance of offshore wind turbines considering foundation-structure interaction
  • Jay Lobwein of Jacobs and Imperial College London: Investigating the salinity impact on ground subsidence in Jakarta
  • Harry Postill of Loughborough University: Clay cut slope deterioration, climate change and maintenance

The Cooling Prize is held annually to celebrate the life of the late Leonard Cooling, past chairman of the British Geotechnical Society Committee (forerunner of today’s BGA), to encourage young ground engineers to hone their technical paper-writing and oral presentation skills.

The shortlisted candidates will present their papers at the event in front of an audience and a panel of judges led by Sergio Solera of the BGA Executive Committee and Joe Newhouse of Mott MacDonald who won the Cooling Prize in 2018.

While the judges deliberate over the winner, there will be a short keynote lecture by Howard Roscoe, winner of the first Cooling Prize, on HS1 Ashford Tunnels - A Retrospective.

The winner will be presented with a trophy and a £200 prize from Ground Engineering Magazine by Cooling’s daughter Christine Cooling.

The winner’s paper will also be published in Ground Engineering Magazine and have the opportunity to represent the BGA at an upcoming European Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary there will also be a gathering of former Cooling Prize winners and the evening will conclude with a drinks reception sponsored by Aecom, Arup, Atkins and Mott MacDonald.

The event will be held at the Institution of Civil Engineers, Great George Street, London and starts at 6:30pm. Details and booking are via the BGA events page, which can be found here.

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