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Cooling Prize shortlist revealed

The names of the final three candidates who will go forward to compete for the 49th Cooling Prize in Manchester on 28 February have been announced by the British Geotechnical Association (BGA).

The successful trio who will present at the event, hosted by the North West Geotechnical Group, are Mott MacDonald’s Joseph Newhouse, University of Cambridge’s Alexandra Clarà Saracho and University of Birmingham’s Christopher Krechowiecki-Shaw.

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The Cooling Prize is held annually to celebrate the life of Leonard Cooling who was chairman of the British Geotechnical Society Committee (forerunner of today’s BGA)

Selecting the finalists was a challenging job this year with 12 submission made for the prize event, which is held annually to celebrate the life of Leonard Cooling who was chairman of the British Geotechnical Society Committee (forerunner of today’s BGA).

The topics selects by the finalists are wide-ranging. Saracho will discuss the use of microbially induced calcite precipitation on earth embankment dams, while Newhouse will look at ground movement due to shaft construction and Krechowiecki-Shaw will review use of traffic to treat temporary haul roads.

The candidates will present their papers at the event in front of an audience and a panel of judges with the winner announced at the end of the evening. 

The judging panel has been confirmed as Arup’s Francesc Mirada, who won the 2017 event, Manchester University’s Domenico Lombardo, Bolton University’s Paul McMahon and BGA chairman Martin Preene.

While the judges deliberate over the winner, the audience will enjoy a 20 minute presentation by Coffey’s Andrew Smith on major repair works on the A645 Newland Bridge.

The winner will be presented with a trophy and a £200 prize from GE by Cooling’s daughter Christine Cooling. The winner’s paper will also be published in GE and have the opportunity to represent the BGA at the European Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference in Austria this September.

The event will be held at the Friends Quaker Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS and start at 6pm. To book your place, click here.


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