Industry collaboration on a project to reduce design conservatism – and cost – of monopiles secured the Pile Soil Analysis (Pisa) project the Cementation Skanska-sponsored 2017 Fleming Award last night.
The team presented their work alongside two other project in front of an audience and a panel of three judges – Atkins’ Michael Gavins, Geotechnical Experts’ David Puller and Mott MacDonald’s Sergio Solera – at the Institution of Civil Engineers.
The Fleming Award is organised by the British Geotechnical Association and is given annually to commemorate the life and work of former Cementation Skanska chief engineer Ken Fleming and to recognise excellence in the practical application of geotechnics, teamwork, expertise and innovation.
The other projects presented were the Pines Hotel cliff stabilisation scheme by CH2M, Raymond Brown Construction, which won the £1M to £3M project category at the 2017 GE Awards; and Garrion Gill slope remediation with Network Rail Infrastructure Projects Scotland, QTS Group, Cowi UK, Cementation Skanska and Datum Group.
Solera, who chaired the judging panel, said: “It was very difficult to decide on a winner as all three schemes were very challenging projects. However, the level of collaboration and detailed design on the Pisa project stood out, which is why we selected it as the winner.”
During the presentation, the Pisa team outlined the work that brought together clients, consultants and contractors from across the offshore wind sector to develop a new design method for monopoles, which could deliver 30% savings on embedded steel. Oxford University professor of engineering science Byron Byrne, who took part in the presentation, said: “That could save around £300,000 on each turbine foundation.”
The project team was presented with a cheque for £1,000 from Cementation Skanska.