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Using recycling to prevent river erosion idea wins award

18 July 2019

An engineer from Thornaby wins the regional Emerging Engineers competition.

Using recycling to prevent river erosion idea wins award

Jessica Jackson, a Teeside graduate civil engineer, has scooped the first prize in the regional Emerging Engineers Awards with her paper on the use of recycled materials in geobags to prevent river erosion.

The Emerging Engineers Award promotes and recognises outstanding communication of civil engineering work.

Jackson's winning entry was inspired by the recent River Leven defence works and focussed on how recycled materials can provide substantial mitigation against river bank erosion.

On her success, she commented: “I’m absolutely delighted to have won this prize.

“My paper was inspired by the River Leven flood defence project, which was really innovative having won ICE’s Robert Stephenson award for small projects this year. It’s more important than ever that we think creatively about ways to respond to environmental pressures.”

A team of experts from across the region scrutinised entrants’ papers and presentations in an event held at Newcastle University. Applicants were invited to submit papers of up to 4,000 words in length and then present their ideas and research to the panel.

Jackson received £250 for winning the regional prize and will now wait to see if she'll be shortlisted to present her paper at the international final in London in October.

The other finalists

James McKenna came second, with his paper "Investigating the limitations and accuracy of industry standard hydrodynamic flood modelling software".

Third place was given to Ruth Gibson for her discussion on the use of downhole geophysics on sites at risk of legacy underground coal mining.

They joined fellow finalist, Karl Wilson, who presented his paper on the importance of plastic, wood and hempcrete in the future of construction.

Penny Marshall, Regional Director of ICE North East, said: “Many congratulations to Jessica, who gave a passionate and well thought out presentation.

“The Emerging Engineers Award is a fantastic opportunity for those studying or recently qualified to get their teeth into a big research project and have a chance to pitch it to an expert panel.”

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  • Joanne Stephenson, communications lead at ICE