Clif Kettle of Clif Kettle Consulting has been announced by British Geotechnical Association as the winner of the 2018 John Mitchell Award.
The John Mitchell Award is presented annually by the ICE, based on a nomination from the BGA, for significant contributions in the field of geotechnical engineering. The award was instituted in 2008 in memory of the prominent geotechnical engineer John Mitchell of Arup, who was killed while observing piling works at a central London site in 1990.
In reflection of Mitchell’s career, selection of winners favours candidates who in the course of their careers via incremental works have made significant contribution to geotechnical practice. The award is usually made to those who demonstrate practical applications of up to date geotechnical concepts or models rather than advanced theoretical academic practice.
According to the BGA, Kettle has made significant contributions to geotechnical engineering in the fields of grouting and ground treatment over his 45 year career in the industry and played a key role in developing grout injection technologies and processes over the last three decades.
Kettle most recently worked for Bachy Soletanche for 29 years but has also worked with Colcrete-Keller and Rodio Milan, which has taken him to work on projects all over the world. In the UK, he has worked on worked on major UK infrastructure projects such as the Thames Barrier, Jubilee Line extension, Channel Tunnel Rail Link, Crossrail, Lee Tunnel, and currently, Thames Tideway. In addition, he has worked in a technical capacity on more than 25 dams worldwide.
Kettle will be officially presented with the award at a ceremony at the ICE later this year and will present the John Mitchell Lecture on 23 January 2019.