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The Fleming Award 2021

Event organised by The British Geotechnical Association

07 December 2021

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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.

The finalists

  1. Project name: 1 Triton Square
    Project team: Arup, Lendlease, British Land
  2. Project name: A63 Castle Street Improvements - Geotechnical Site Trials
    Project team: Arup/Züblin/National Highways/Balfour Beatty/Geotechnical Experts/Coffey Geotechnics/AECOM
  3. Project name: Hinkley Point C Geotechnical works
    Project team: BAM Ritchies, NNB(EDF), AECOM, KierBAM JV

Keynote Presentation by David Wright

Fibre optic sensing – A distributed monitoring technology for earthworks?

For several years, the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) at Cambridge University has been researching the potential for use of fibre optics within the civil engineering industry. More recently, Huesker have developed a manufacturing process to incorporate fibre optic cables into geogrid, forming a Sensorgrid, which has shown promising performance when tested under laboratory conditions.

This talk summarises the approach and findings of a recent trial to investigate the performance of this technology at a larger scale, under site conditions, together with concepts for future applications. The trial was designed by Jacobs and constructed at the HS2 Phase 1, C1 site by ALIGN. Funding for the trial was provided by the HS2 Learning Legacy.


18:00 Registration

18:30 Welcome from chair

18:35 Finalists’ presentations

19:50 Keynote address/ Judges’ deliberation

20:20 Award Presentation

20:30 Event close


David Wright

David Wright


head of geo-digital technology

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David Wright

David is a Geotechnical Engineer with almost 30 years’ experience including the design and delivery for major infrastructure schemes, investigation of earthworks condition and performance, use and development of digital tools, together with people and business leadership. David is Head of Geo-digital Technology at Jacobs, where he leads the digital transformation of the Tunnel and Ground Engineering teams through the application of various techniques including; design automation, data analytics, 3D visualisation, systems integration, sensors and sensing.

For more information please contact:

Gabriella Lai