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Technical Papers Competition Winners to Showcase Crossrail Knowledge and Innovation at the ICE

By Peter MacLennan

Technical Papers Competition Winners to Showcase Crossrail Knowledge and Innovation at the ICE

The winners of Crossrail’s first annual Technical Papers Competition have been announced. Designers, contractors, industry partners and project participants were invited to share learning and innovation about infrastructure design and implementation developed across the £14.8bn project. 

From a total of 47 abstract entries, Crossrail received 22 full papers. 21 of those were considered and assigned to two judges within the appropriate technical discipline area for review and scoring.  The top five papers were submitted to selected members of the Engineering Expert Panel for moderation where a winner has been chosen and the other four have been highly commended.

The winning paper was ‘The Use of Shape Accel Arrays for Measuring Retaining Wall Deflection’ authored by R Lipscombe, C Carter and P Thurlow of Keller Getec ITMSoil JV, and O Perkins and S Guerrero of Bam Ferrovial Kier JV.

The technical paper documents the use of new technology during diaphragm walling at Crossrail’s western ticket hall site at Tottenham Court Road.

The four highly commended entries were:

  • ‘Crossrail UXO Risk Assessment – Pre-empting Best Practice’ by P Smith of Geotechnical Consulting Group, U Lawrence and S Terry of Crossrail Ltd & S Cooke of 6 Alpha Associates Limited;
  • ‘Design of Paddington Station’ by R Scantlebury, G Brennan & M Raiss of URS;
  • ‘The Design of Thermal Tunnel Energy Segments for Crossrail’ by D P Nicholson and Q Chen of Ove Arup and Partners Ltd, Mike de Silva of Bechtel Ltd, A Winter of Crossrail Ltd & R Winterling of Rehau AG+Co; and
  • ‘Transporting Tunnel Boring Machines’ by C Hickman of Bam Ferrovial Kier JV.

The technical papers competition was open to any contractor, design consultant or Crossrail staff member who has worked on the Crossrail project.

Representing the judges, Mike Black, Crossrail Head of Geotechnics said: “Crossrail is setting industry standards through design and delivery. The extraordinary scale and diversity of work being undertaken across the route presents an outstanding opportunity for industry partners to share good practice, new techniques and research. This annual technical papers competition not only recognises excellence in Crossrail but will boost our industry’s national knowledge base and help drive efficiency and innovation for future infrastructure projects.”

Crossrail will host a presentation evening at the ICE where authors from a selection of these winners will present their papers. This will be held on Wednesday, 20February from 6:30pm at the Telford Theatre, One Great George Street.

All members of the public are welcome however, numbers are limited and visitors will be welcomed on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about the event visit the ICE website.

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