The BDS Prize 2009 Results
In 2009 fifteen papers on dam engineering were submitted and four were selected for presentation at the final event. Following the presentation of their papers (detailed below), the finalists answered questions from the audience.
Marchlyn Mawr Additional Stored Energy Project
By Giles Hird (MWH)
Research into the Hydrodynamic Forces and Pressures acting within Stepped Masonry Spillways
By Clare Winter (MWH)
Remedial works at two Victorian embankment dams to allow safe passage of the Probable Maximum Flood
By Jonathan Walker (Mott MacDonald)
Design and construction of improvement works at Bruton Flood Storage Reservoir, Somerset
By Rachel Pether (Black & Veatch)
The judges (Jonathan Hinks, Andrew Pepper and Tony Morison) scored the presentations and these were added to the scores awarded for the written papers. The judges’ decisions were very close and they commended all the finalists for their excellent papers and presentations.
Cash prizes were given by the Halcrow Group Ltd (as the Employer of the outgoing BDS Chairman – Jonathan Hinks); in addition to a £300 cash prize the winner of the first prize – Giles Hird – also received an all expenses paid trip to Malaysia to spend time at the construction site of the 62m high Bengoh Dam - sponsored by BDS. He will also attend the Hydropower and Dams Conference in Kuching on 29 & 30 March 2010 (sponsored by Hydropower and Dams).
The second prize of £300 was awarded to Clare Winter, the third prize of £150 went to Jonathan Walker and Rachel Pether received £75 for fourth place.
The papers have been published in the March issue of the BDS Journal, Dams and Reservoirs Journal.