Golder Announces 2018 Victor Milligan Award Winners

We are pleased to announce Daniel King & Joel Gniel as Golder’s 2018 Victor Milligan Award Winners for the best technical paper in the area ​of Ground Engineering published in 2017. Daniel, Senior Geotechnical Engineer, and Joel, Geotechnical Engineer, both work out of Golder’s Melbourne, Australia office. They co-authored their paper “Load-transfer platform behaviour in embankments supported on semi-rigid columns: implications of the ground reaction curve” with Abdelmalek Bouazza and Ha H. Bui at Monash University (Melbourne) and R. Kerry Rowe at Queen’s University (Ontario, Canada).

This award is a great acknowledgment of hard work, particularly for Daniel who spent over three years researching the topic as part of his PhD. The paper describes the basis for a change in the way most engineers approach the design of column-supported embankments. The ultimate aim is to provide industry with a much more robust design method. Such a method will improve understanding, reduce design risk, differentiate us from other designers and ultimately benefit us and our clients.

Golder’s commitment to technical excellence and advancing the industry is evident in the many technical papers submitted for recognition. In 2018, we received over 23 submissions for recognition. As always, each and every entry impressed the award committee and spurred new ideas.  We want to thank all of our professionals for their dedication and ongoing efforts to drive innovation in the field of ground engineering.

Golder Publications

Lessons Learnt from Geotechnical Trials at Port of Brisbane,
Jay Ameratunga, Neil Honeyfield, Ben Cheah, Zen Ng

Numerical Simulation of Cement-treated Soil Columns Used as Cantilever Earth Retaining Structure,
Ay Lee Saw

Operating Pressures for Twin Slurry TBM Drives, SCL1103, Hong Kong,
J.N. Shirlaw, A. L Saw, F. Dudouit D. Salisbury

Serviceability Design for Geosynthetic Reinforced Column Supported Embankments,
Daniel J. King, Abdelmalek Bouazza, Joel R. Gniel, R. Kerry Rowe, Ha H. Bui

Load-transfer Platform Behaviour in Embankments Supported on Semi-Rigid Columns: Implications of the Ground Reaction Curve,
Daniel J. King, Abdelmalek Bouazza, Joel R. Gniel, R. Kerry Rowe, Ha H. Bui

Geosynthetic Reinforced Column Supported Embankments and the Role of Ground Improvement Installation Effects,
Daniel J. King, Abdelmalek Bouazza, Joel R. Gniel, R. Kerry Rowe, Ha H. Bui

Practical Application of Soil Structure Interaction Analysis,
Chris Haberfield

Pavement Design and Construction in Reactive Clays,
S.T. Srithar

Settlement Behaviour of a Quarried, Waste Backfilled Soft Clay Site,
Sri Srithar, Darren Paul

Rockfall Trajectory Analysis for Quarry Planning and Operation, Cesare Castiglia,
Thomas Frenez

Using Existing Data to Improve the Delineation of Ore at the Olympic Dam Fe-oxide Cu-U-Au-Ag deposit,
J. Griffith and K. Ehrig

Tunnelling Through Recent Volcanic Deposits at the Upper Lillooet Hydro Electric Project,
Pemberton, BC, Canada., N. Boultbee, O. Robinson, R. de Batz, S. Moalli, R. Humphries

Development of Geotechnical Units and Geotechnical Design Parameters for the Melbourne Formation,
D.R.Paul, S.V.L.Barrett, T.O. Jones, A.L. Bennett

Soil-Structure Interaction Dynamic Analysis for an Existing Old Earth-Rock Fill Dam with Concrete Core,
Mahmood Seid-Karbasi, Upul Atukorala, Herb Hawson, Bruce Downing

Upper Lillooet Hydroelectric Project – The Challenges of Constructing a Power Tunnel for Run-of-River Hydro Projects in Mountainous
British Columbia., N. Boultbee, O. Robinson, S. Moalli, R. Humphries

The Ultimate Bearing Capacity of Shallow Foundations,
M. Etezad, A. M. Hanna

Geotechnical Risk Management and Reliability Based Design – Lessons Learned,
Dennis Becker

A Risk-Based Approach to Optimize Cascading Dams Remediation.,
William Roberds, Bruce Downing, Herb Hawson

Geotechnical Challenges of Brownfield Sites for Use as Landfill,
Nigel Ruxton

Linking Safety Factor to Probability of Failure,
S.M. Gover

Statistical Evaluation of Groutability Using Data from Hydraulic Tests and Fracture Mapping – Case Studies from Sweden,
Edward Runslätt, Johan Thörn, Sara Kvartsberg

Changing our Thinking – From Tailings Processing to Engineered Fill,
Janis Drozdiak, Jay Norwood

Trenchless Construction of Sentosa Gateway Tunnel,
T.G. Ng, I. Yogarajah, S.C. Teo, H.Y. Pan


About the Victor Milligan Award
Named after Victor Milligan (1929 – 2009), one of Golder’s founders, the Victor Milligan Award is an annual recognition of the best ground engineering technical paper published by a Golder employee. Victor was recognized worldwide for his expertise in geotechnical engineering and served as president of Golder from the early 1960s until the early 1980s, after which he continued as Chairman of the Board. Read more about Victor’s legacy.

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