The 2015 Fleming Award competition, London

9 December, 2015 | 18:30 - 22:00

The 2015 Fleming Award competition, London

About this event

The evening will comprise short presentations from three shortlisted Project Teams. After the teams have completed their presentations and responded to questions, the judges will retire to consider their verdict, and assess which Project Team most demonstrates excellence in geotechnical design & construction, with an emphasis on teamwork across the different disciplines involved in the project.

The three shortlisted teams are:

  • Deep Basement for Exhibition Road Building, Victoria and Albert Museum, London (Arup, AL_A, Wates Construction)
  • Chantry Lane Chalk Mines Remediation, Hatfield (BAM Ritchies, Welwyn and Hatfield BC, MACE, Arcadis Consulting (UK) Ltd)
  • Deep Basement for British Museum World Conservation & Exhibition Centre, London (Ramboll, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Mace, Arup, Bachy Soletanche, Keller, P J Carey, Rowecord, GIG Fassaden)

While the judges reach their decision, there will be a keynote presentation by the 2015 Skempton Medal Award winner, Duncan Nicholson of Arup, on "Developments in the Observational Method for Retaining Walls".

The presentation will review the background to the Observational Method process and introduce the new holistic approach to the Observational Method set out in the revised CIRIA Report C580 (renamed C760). This is related to the Eurocode 7 requirements for the Observational Method and design parameters.

Some recent applications of the Observational Method are reviewed from recent projects to explain the C760 approaches. The use of real time monitoring and back analysis will be discussed, together with current research into the reassessment of characteristic and most probable soil parameters using probabilistic methods.

The evening will conclude with the presentation of the prize donated by Cementation Skanska who are also kindly sponsoring drinks in the Library afterwards.

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Duncan Nicholson

Mr Nicholson has extensive international experience of geotechnical design for major projects involving foundations, deep basements, retaining walls, tunnels and earthworks.

He started his Civil Engineering career with George Wimpey and Co Ltd and then gained an MSc in Soil Mechanics at Imperial College in 1977.

He then joined the geotechnical section of Ove Arup and Partners Limited, becoming a Director in 1996 and an Arup Fellow in 2014.

He was awarded the Skempton Medal in 2015.

For many years Mr Nicholson has been involved with the design of deep basements and assessing the effects of perimeter wall movements on adjacent structures.

He is currently the Director responsible for the basement work at Canary Wharf and has been involved in Expert Advice work including the Nicoll Highway Collapse.

He has an interest in guides and improving design guidance.

In 1999 he was joint author of the Ciria Report 185 - Observational Method and CIRIA Report 516 - Modular Gravity Wall.