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Fleming Award shortlist revealed

The Fleming Award event, sponsored by Cementation Skanska, is taking place at the Institution of Civil Engineers on 6 December.

The Fleming Award competition is held annually to commemorate the life and work of Ken Fleming and recognises excellence in the practical application of geotechnics in a project or a part of a project, with a prize donated by Cementation Skanska.

The evening will comprise short presentations from three shortlisted project teams with question and answer sessions.

The judges will be looking for the project team that most demonstrates excellence in geotechnical design and construction, with an emphasis on teamwork across the different disciplines involved in the project.

The three shortlisted teams are:

  • Pines Hotel cliff stabilisation scheme with CH2M, Raymond Brown Construction and the Pines Hotel
  • Garrion Gill slope remediation with Network Rail Infrastructure Projects Scotland, QTS Group, Cowi UK, Cementation Skanska and Datum Group
  • The Pisa Project with Oxford University, Imperial College London, Ørsted (formerly Dong Energy), Carbon Trust and Socotec UK (formerly ESG) representing the many companies involved in the project.

While the judges reach their decision, there will be a keynote presentation by Yvonne Ainsworth of ATD Engineering on “Managing complexity and embracing new challenges in a multifaceted geotechnical environment”.

The presentation will focus on today’s complex world, where it is generally accepted that geotechnical engineers are a much needed and valued pillar of the engineering society.

Geotechnical engineers are often undervalued, especially in construction, but the expectations for today’s young engineers are immense. The engineering news is dominated by two distinct headlines: skills shortage and profit warnings/excessive losses.

This short presentation will discuss the potential link between the two and provide some food for thought on a better way forward.

The Fleming Award will be presented at the end of the evening and Cementation Skanska is sponsoring the post-event drinks after the winner has been announced. For more information and to register for a place click here.



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