5 November 2015: A technical paper titled ‘Re-visiting Bragg to keep UK’s temporary works safe under Euronorms’, which has been co-authored by senior directors from Costain, Wentworth House Partnership, RMD Kwikform and Bell Johnson Consulting Engineers has won one of this year’s prestigious Thomas Telford Premiums.
The paper was chosen by the Institution of Civil Engineers ICE Awards for Papers Panel as the fourth best out of the 1500 papers submitted to ICE Publishing journals, which annually awards the Thomas Telford Premium Awards to those papers considered most influential in the civil engineering industry.
This winning paper was first published in Forensic Engineering (Vol 167 Issue FE2) and was co-written by Director of engineering design consultancy Wentworth House Partnership, Stuart Marchand; Technical Director at engineering solutions provider Costain, Bill Hewlett; Chief Engineer (UK) at temporary works and engineering design specialist RMD Kwikform Ltd, Andrew Jones; and Partner at Bell Johnson Consulting Engineers, Brian Bell.
“Winning this award is a great honour. On the basis that major failures of UK temporary works have almost disappeared since BS 5975 was published in 1982, in this paper we ask if there is now a risk that these failures may reoccur with the replacement of British Standards by EuroNorms. We argue that BS 5975 adopted a robust approach based on experience, and that EuroNorms rely on highly analytical methods with reduced factors of safety,” explained Stuart.
Journals Manager for ICE Publishing, Ben Ramster, said: “This paper was chosen by the Institution of Civil Engineers ICE Awards for Papers Panel as the fourth best out of the 1500 papers submitted for 2014. Only 33 papers are being awarded, so this is a major achievement, and we congratulate the authors for making an important contribution to the debate around the future development of our industry.”
The Thomas Telford Premium was presented by ICE President Professor, David Balmforth in a ceremony at the Institution of Civil Engineers.
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Caption: Pictured (from left to right) are Chief Engineer at RMD Kwikform Ltd, Andrew Jones, Technical Director at Costain, Bill Hewlett, Bill Hewlett, ICE President Professor, David Balmforth, Director of engineering design consultancy Wentworth House Partnership, Stuart Marchand and Partner at Bell Johnson Consulting Engineers, Brian Bell.
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