The British Geotechnical Association has announced that it is to present a Skempton Medal to David Hartwell in recognition of his contribution to the interaction between groundwater and tunnelling.
The BGA has said that the medal is awarded to members of the association who have made an outstanding contribution to the practice of geotechnical engineering over a sustained period of time.
BGA chairman Martin Preene described Hartwell as a “worthy recipient” of the Skempton Medal.
According to the BGA, Hartwell has over forty years of experience investigating and developing practical solutions to groundwater related geotechnical issues for tunnels, heavy civil engineering and mining projects.
Hartwell has published over 22 papers and given a number of invite lectures. He has also worked to develop state of the art solutions to major groundwater problems on a number of key projects including the Storebælt tunnels in Denmark, recovery of the Docklands Light Railway tunnels below the Thames and collapsed metro tunnels in Cairo. He has served on several review panels as a groundwater expert for international tunnel and excavation projects and litigation cases involving serious groundwater problems.
Hartwell will be presented with his medal at the BGA annual conference on 19 June at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London.