The British Geotechnical Association has presented the first ever Fleming Award to the team which has constructed the Copenhagen Metro System.
Making the presentation was Ken Fleming, chief engineer of Kvaerner Cementation Foundations, after whom the competition is named. He handed over a cheque for £3,000 on behalf of his company, which devised and sponsors the competition, and promptly saw it donated to an orphanage in Romania.
The winning team worked on Copenhagen’s first deep metro line and used the observational method to reduce the need for propping.
Kvaerner Cementation Foundations, the piling and ground engineering specialist arm of Kvaerner Construction, which is in the process of becoming part of the global construction services company Skanska, launched the geotechnical engineering award in honour of the achievements of its long serving chief engineer in April. It has been administered by the British Geotechnical Association which chose the finalists and winning entry.
Speaking about the winners, Mr Fleming said: “The winning team more than merited the award. Copenhagen has never had a deep metro system and the techniques they used were both innovative and effective. However, each of the three finalists would have been worthy winners. They all demonstrated excellent geotechnical techniques and innovative schemes.”
The Copenhagen team beat other finalist teams working on a home extensions project in central London and on a foundation support system for a landfill in Rainham, Essex.
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