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50th Cooling Prize competition

Event organised by The British Geotechnical Association

05 March 2019

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The 50th Cooling Prize Competition will be held in London on 5 March 2019. At the event the three finalists will present their papers, and there will be a keynote lecture. Also, to celebrate the 50th anniversary there will be a gathering of former Cooling Prize winners, and we hope around 30 former winners will attend.

A short presentation on the history of the Competition, presented by Dr Christine Cooling

The Cooling Prize finalists are:
Saleh Jalbi (Robert Bird & Partners / University of Surrey): Practical methods to predict the dynamic performance of offshore wind turbines considering foundation-structure interaction

Jay Lobwein (Jacobs / Imperial College London): Investigating the salinity impact on ground subsidence in Jakarta

Harry Postill (Loughborough University): Clay cut slope deterioration, climate change and maintenance.

The judging panel will be led by Sergio Solera of the BGA Executive Committee who will be joined by Joe Newhouse of Mott MacDonald (winner of the Cooling Prize in 2018), Professor Sarah Stallebrass of City, University of London and Rachel Monteith of Buro Happold.

After the presentations, while the judges consider their verdict, the will be a short keynote lecture

Keynote Lecture:
Howard Roscoe (winner of the first Cooling Prize) on HS1 Ashford Tunnels - A Retrospective

The HS1 Ashford Tunnels were completed in 2003. Wall behaviour and prop loads were monitored for construction control and to make savings by the use of an observational method. The methodology, principal observations and application to the design of the structures are given in a series of published papers.

This talk will outline the approaches used to design and construct the 14 cut and cover structures that comprise the HS1 Ashford Tunnels and will summarise some of the main findings. It will include previously unpublished detail of the back analysis made on one of the first structures to be constructed. It will discuss the influence on current practice of the experience gained at Ashford and of the performance data reported from that site.

For more information please contact:

Shelly-Ann Russell