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November 21, 2014

Awards for Fugro Geotechnical Engineers

Two members of Fugro’s geoconsultancy team have won international awards – one recently presented in London, UK and the second in Regina, Canada.

Dr. Kokkuen Lee, Principal Engineer at Fugro Advanced Geomechanics (Fugro AG), received the David Hislop Award from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). His paper ‘Bearing capacity on sand overlying clay soils,’ published in ‘Géotechnique’ and coauthored with Winthrop Professor Mark J. Cassidy and Winthrop Professor Mark F. Randolph, both of the Center for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS) at the University of Western Australia (UWA), was selected by the ICE award panel as the best offshore engineering paper published in their suite of journals in 2013. Kokkuen attended a ceremony at the ICE in London on October 17 to accept the award.

Dr Zack Westgate, Consultant Engineer at Fugro GeoConsulting Inc. in Houston (formerly of Fugro AG), won the 2014 R.M. Quigley Award for the best paper published in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal in 2013, together with his coauthors from COFS at UWA, Winthrop Professor Mark F. Randolph and Winthrop Professor Dave J. White, Shell EMI Chair in Offshore Engineering. The award was for their paper ‘Modeling the embedment process during offshore pipe-laying on fine-grained soils,’ which represents the culmination of Zack’s PhD research at COFS. Zack travelled to Regina in late September to accept the award at the Canadian Geotechnical Society’s GeoRegina conference. Mark Randolph and Professor Susie Gourvenec of COFS, both of whom consult through Fugro AG, coauthored the runner up paper.

“These are significant achievements by two very talented engineers. We congratulate Kokkuen, Zack and their coauthors,” said Dr. Phil Watson, Director at Fugro AG and Fugro’s Global Service Line Manager, GeoConsulting.

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