Winner of 49th Cooling Prize announced

A paper on ground movement due to shaft construction has won the coveted 49th Cooling Prize at a joint ICE and British Geological Association (BGA) event in Manchester.

49th Cooling Prize winner and runners up (L-R: Joe Newhouse, Alexandra Clarà Saracho, Dr Christine Cooling (BGA), Dr Martin Preene (BGA Chairman), Christopher Krechowiecki-Shaw)
49th Cooling Prize winner and runners up (L-R: Joe Newhouse, Alexandra Clarà Saracho, Dr Christine Cooling (BGA), Dr Martin Preene (BGA Chairman), Christopher Krechowiecki-Shaw)

Joe Newhouse from Mott MacDonald has won the Cooling Prize final. All three finalists presented papers and presentations of a very high standard but Joe's polished performance ultimately helped him win the final.

His paper asked 'Are we over predicting the settlement of shafts?' and provided new graphs for predicting maximum ground settlement from shaft construction, indicating that typically there are significantly greater movements of concurrently lined shafts.

Presentations in the final were also made by Alexandra Clarà Saracho on contact erosion and seepage through the body of dams and Christopher Krechowiecki-Shaw covered geotechnical aspects of haul road access to remote sites with poor ground conditions where very heavy equipment is transported.

Christine Cooling, the daughter of Leonard Cooling after whom the prize is named, presented the prize and also gave a short presentation about her father's work.

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