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Six nominations for Ground Engineering Awards 2015

CSIC projects and technologies feature prominently in the newly announced shortlist for the prestigious Ground Engineering Awards 2015.


CSIC projects are in the running for three awards including Ground Investigation Project of the Year, Award for Technical Excellence and the Product and Equipment Innovation Award 2015.

CSIC PhD student Heba Bevan’s UtterBerry wireless sensors also have three awards nominations – for Technical Excellence, Product and Equipment Innovation and Health and Safety.

The annual awards attract the biggest names in industry and competition is strong. Ground Engineering editor Claire Smith said: “The quality of the entries this year has been outstanding, so making it onto the shortlist is a real achievement. I’m looking forward to seeing our finalists put through their paces at our live judging event in March.”

Jennifer Schooling, Director of CSIC, said: “The Ground Engineering Award nominations build on CSIC’s success from last year, when our work attracted awards and nominations from the BCI and International Tunnelling and Underground Space Awards and the UtterBerry won the Premier Award at the CIOB International Innovation Awards. These new nominations mark a strong start to 2015 for CSIC.”

Shortlisted projects will be judged on March 10th and the winners will be announced at a gala award ceremony, at London Hilton Park Lane, on June 10th.

The Ground Engineering nominations for CSIC and UtterBerry:

1. Nicky de Battista: Crossrail Sprayed Concrete Lining project for the GE Ground Investigation Project of the Year award.  Monitoring of a sprayed concrete tunnel lining using distributed fibre optic strain sensors at Crossrail Liverpool Street Station

2. Mohammed Elshafie: Award for Technical Excellence Cambridge University, Thames Water's Lee Tunnel Project Management Team, and the Morgan Sindall, Vinci and Bachy Soletanche joint venture, Closing the Loop, performance-based design of a deep circular shaft in London.

3. Mehdi Alhaddad: Product and Equipment Innovation Award: CSIC CsattAR Photogrammetric Monitoring. Focussing on a more economical and informative approach to monitoring tunnels.

Heba Bevan Utterberry:

4. Award for Technical Excellence: Use of UtterBerry wireless sensors for remote monitoring during construction of the Eleanor Street shaft and adits for Crossrail.

5. Award for Health and Safety: Use of UtterBerry wireless sensors at Crossrail Eleanor Street shaft and adits for the Costain Skanska joint venture.

6. Product and Equipment Innovation Award: Utterberry wireless sensors.

For full details see, to see the full list of finalists click here