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Fleming Award 2022

Event organised by ICE

06 December 2022

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The Fleming Award competition is an annual event held to commemorate the life and work of Dr Ken Fleming, the distinguished and influential piling engineer. The competition's aim is to recognise and award excellence in the practical application of geotechnics in a project or a part of a project.

Awarded by the British Geotechnical Association, the prize is given to the project team that most demonstrates excellence in geotechnical design & construction. There will be an emphasis on teamwork across the different disciplines involved in the project. Consideration is also given to teams which are innovative.

The entries are shortlisted to three finalists who are then asked to present their submissions at the Fleming Award ceremony at the ICE. Judges then deliberate and the winner is announced following a presentation from a distinguished guest speaker. The winning team will receive a prize fund of £1000 kindly donated by Cementation Skanska.

The finalists

    1. Project: Ground improvement for a seismically qualified facility.
      Team: BAE Systems, Atkins, Bachy Soletanche, Morgan Sindall.
    2. Project: HS2 Phase One, Contract C1.
      Team: Align Integrated Project Team: HS2, Bouygues Travaux Publics, Jacobs, Rendel-Ingerop and Keller.
    3. Project: A heat-exchange piled foundation solution at the Euston station welfare facility for HS2.
      Team: Keltbray Ltd City, University of London, G-Core Ltd, Wentworth House Partnership, Mace-Dragados, HS2.

    Keynote presentation

    The design and construction of a new Tidal Barrier and quay walls at the Port of Boston, UK.

    The Environment Agency’s £100m Boston Barrier Tidal Flood Defence Scheme will protect 14,000 properties from tidal flooding in Boston, UK. Delivered by a Design & Build Joint Venture between BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald, the scheme includes two major hydraulic structures and 1.2km of a new sheet piled quay wall with a retained height typically in excess of 10m.

    The presentation will describe the geotechnical design and construction of the new sheet pile quay walls, including their anchorage systems which variously comprise continuous and tubular pile anchor walls, pile groups, and drilled anchors. These structures were significantly complicated by their interaction with the existing historic port structures, which are variably in a poor state of disrepair, as well as ongoing port operations. The use of a comprehensive BIM model was paramount for the development of innovative solutions to overcome these challenges.

    The design incorporated interpretation of advanced ground investigation laboratory and field tests, selection of design non-linear stiffness parameters, numerical soil-structure-interaction analysis, and validation of results based on site observations. Progress and completion photographs will illustrate the progress of the use of the BIM model during construction.

    Prize donated by

    Cementation Skanska

    Cementation Skanska

    Skanska, one of the UK’s leading contractors, is an inclusive and responsible business that is helping to build a better society.


    Professor David Toll

    Professor David Toll

    Durham University


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    Professor David Toll

    David Toll is a Professor in the Department of Engineering and Co-Director of the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience at Durham University. He is a Fellow of ICE and a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. He has been Chair of Technical Committees of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) and the Federation of International Geo-Engineering Societies (FedIGS). He has also been Chair of ICE North East and the Northern Geotechnical Group. He has been carrying out research into climate resilience of infrastructure and information technology applied to civil engineering for 30+ years and has published over 200 papers and 12 books.

    Sergio Solera

    Sergio Solera

    Mott MacDonald

    technical director, geotechnics

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    Sergio Solera

    Sergio is a Technical Director and Practice Leader – Geotechnics, with Mott MacDonald in their Cambridge office. He has responsibility for the geotechnical design of water engineering structures and flood protection embankments. Sergio is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Fellow of the ICE specialising in geotechnical engineering. He has more than 40 years’ experience in the geotechnical design and construction of roads, bridges, water engineering infrastructures, and building structures.

    He is the principal geotechnical designer for Boston Barrier; he has also led the geotechnical design for a number of wastewater sewage works including Davyhulme in Manchester and Ganol in North Wales amongst others. He previously worked with Arup Geotechnics in London and in Wales, and with Hyder Consulting in North Wales/Warrington during which time he was engaged with various road schemes including the A55 in Anglesey, A595 in Cumbria, Port Talbot in South Wales and Pont Melin Rug, a bridge on shallow foundation over sandy silt on the A5 in North Wales. Sergio was involved in the investigation of a large landslide that destroyed the foundation of a bridge in Colombia, and the back analysis of the deformation of a concrete face rockfill dam, also in Colombia. He has over thirty technical publications and have taught undergraduates at Liverpool University. He is on the British Geotechnical Association Executive Committee.

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    Freya Jacobs