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Event Organiser: The British Geotechnical Association

BGA Fleming Award 2019, London

  • Lecture
  • London
  • 04 December 2019
  • 18:00 - 20:30
BGA Fleming Award 2019, London

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The Fleming Award Competition is held annually to commemorate the life and work of Dr Ken Fleming and to recognise excellence in the practical application of geotechnics in a project or a part of a project.

The Fleming Award is awarded by BGA to the Project Team which most demonstrates excellence in geotechnical design & construction. There will be an emphasis on teamwork across the different disciplines involved in the project. Consideration will also be given to teams which are innovative.

The event will consist of presentations from the finalists, and a keynote address, followed by the award presentation. Cementation Skanska will host a drinks and nibbles reception after the award has been announced.

The event will be followed by a complimentary drinks reception hosted by Cementation Skanska.

This year’s finalists are:

Thames Tideway East - Deptford Church Street Fissure Investigations & Engineering Mitigations
Costain Vinci Construction Bachy Soletanche Joint Venture (CVBJV), Tideway, WJ Groundwater, SOCOTEC, Golder Associates (inc Preene Dewatering), Mott MacDonald, ChalkRock Ltd and Imperial College London

Tunnelling through under ream piles for the upgrade of Bank Underground Station
Transport for London, The Worshipful Company of Grocers, Dragados, Dr Sauer & Partners, Arup

Woodsmith Mine
Bauer Technologies, Sirius Minerals, Arup, Datum, Geotechnical Experts


18:00 Registration and welcome refreshments
18:30 Welcome from the Chair
18:35 Finalists’ Presentations
19:50 Keynote address/judges’ deliberation
20:20 Award presentation
20:30 Drinks reception hosted by Cementation Skanska


Professor Kelvin Higgins


Professor Kevin Higgins

Kelvin graduated from the University of Birmingham and joined Sir Alexander Gibb & Partners (now part of Jacobs). He worked for Gibb in the UK and overseas (Oman & Falkland Islands) and completed a MSc at Imperial College. He then joined the Geotechnical Consulting Group where he became a Senior Partner specialising in the application of numerical methods to geotechnical problems and the control of construction to limit the impact of construction on infrastructure. He is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College.

Rachel Monteith

Buro Happold

Rachel Monteith

Rachel has over 25 years’ experience in practical geotechnical engineering covering construction, tendering, forensic work, and all aspects of design from scheme development through detailed design and on to validation and control. With a background in contracting Rachel is keen on the optimisation of geotechnical elements and the rationalisation of temporary works where possible.

Her experience in specialist geotechnical contracting and managing an expert geotechnical team for a major contractor provides a clear understanding of critical drivers leading to effective geotechnical solutions. Rachel also has a particular interest in using the observation method for geotechnical operations.

Event venue

Institution of Civil Engineers, Telford Theatre
One Great George Street
London SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Gabrielle Knowles

e: [email protected]