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Soil arching paper grounds for success

31 May 2019

An MGF engineer has won the ICE North West Emerging Engineer heat with a geotechnical paper. 

Soil arching paper grounds for success

Maria Eftimova, an engineer from MGF, has won ICE North West's regional heat of the annual Emerging Engineer competition.

ICE’sEmerging Engineer competition seeks out the best graduate or student paper on any area of engineering design, research or practice.

Along with the chance to win the £250 prize, it also gives entrants the opportunity to develop their presentation skills.

In the battle for the title, it was Eftimova who impressed the judges with her knowledgeable
presentation and confident performance.

Her presentation gave a clear demonstration of how the principles of soil arching can be assessed and used in the design of temporary works.

Commenting on her win, Eftimova said: “I became interested in soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering when I was studying and have been lucky enough to carry this through into my career.

"Winning the North West round of Emerging Engineers has enabled me to shine a spotlight on this distinct aspect of engineering.”

Other finalists

Meanwhile, Vitali Losjuk examined Thomas Tredgold’s definition of civil engineering, “… the art of directing the great source of power in Nature for the use and convenience of man”, arguing that it's no longer fit for purpose.

His thought-provoking presentation, discussing the need to approach sustainability in engineering, resulted in him being awarded runner-up prize.

Jason Hyde, ICE North West Senior Vice Chair and judge, said: “Emerging Engineers is our way of
spotting talent.

"This was evident in all the presentations, although Maria’s performance shone through, winning with passion, enthusiasm and a really comprehensive understanding of her subject matter.”

Eftimova's paper will now go forward to the international judging panel. She will then be in with a
chance of winning the prestigious Institution Medal, awarded to the overall winning entry.

  • Lynn Caddy, communications lead at Institution of Civil Engineers