More than 450 people gathered at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London to hear first-hand who had won the top places at this year’s GE Awards.
Use of BIM on London Underground’s Victoria Station Upgrade for delivery of the UK’s largest ever grouting scheme secured the editor’s award for Keller, Bam Nuttall and Taylor Woodrow in joint venture and Mott MacDonald.
In presenting the award GE editor Claire Symes said that the use of BIM technology on the project was helping to improve communication between the project partners as well as delivery of the geotechnical elements and allowing the as built grouting information to be fed back into the design.
The young geotechnical engineer of the year category was won by Arup’s Jenny Austin with United Utilities Laura McDonough and Atkins’ Joe Hilton being highly commended by the judges.
The Emirates Airline cable car triumphed in several categories with wins in the technical excellence award and the project over £1M section for the project team formed by Bachy Soletanche, TfL, Mace, Buro Happold and URS.
In the other project categories, Soil Engineering won the up to £1M category for its work on stabilising an old mine shaft at Crusader Avenue in Glasgow, while in the international category, Theiss John Holland was awarded the top prize for its work on the Airport Link in Brisbane, Australia.
Reuse of existing piles on 6 Bevis Marks won Cementation Skanska and Waterman the sustainability award, while Groundforce’s Piletec division secured the health and safety award for its development of the VibroSafe technique.
Soil Engineering and Equipe Geosolutions won the product and equipment innovation award for the joint development of a digital data collection system for the ground engineering market.
Bachy Soletanche and Soil Engineering continued their winning streaks in the contractor of the year and ground investigation specialist of the year categories, respectively, while Atkins took the top position in the consulting firm of the year award.
Full details of the award winners and highly commended entries in each category, as well as the judges comments will be published in the July issue of GE.