We regret that no Golder Foundation Awards will be made for 2015-2016

Announcing the student winners for the first annual Golder Foundation Awards

The Golder Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of six winners for 2014-2015 – three in each of the fields of Ground Engineering, and Contaminant Site Assessment and Clean-Up.  A global request for submissions was sent out in September 2014 – open to graduate students who had recently completed or were nearing completion of their studies. Applicants submitted a poster detailing research work that they had carried out.

The Golder Foundation was created in 2013 and aims to further knowledge and learning by opening the technical archives of our founders and some senior staff; through sharing Golder’s distinct ownership model and business legacy; and by granting these annual awards. The awards program is designed to encourage and recognize technical excellence in some of the service areas in which Golder staff practice. Topics for the awards are selected annually, based on industry and societal needs that are related to Golder’s purpose of Engineering Earth’s Development, Preserving Earth’s Integrity.

“This is the first year that the Foundation has presented the awards, and we were very pleased to receive 30 submissions from students in Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States,” says Denys Reades, President of the Golder Foundation. “It is truly inspiring to see the high quality of relevant research that is being carried out around the world.”

Congratulations to the award recipients and to all the talented applicants! We regret that no Golder Foundation Awards will be made for 2015-2016

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Ground Engineering Category

The topic for applicants was “Managing subsurface risks and buildability from design to construction.

Here are the recipients for 2014-2015:

Huu DucFirst Place ($10,000 USD):

To Huu Duc – University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Suffusion Potential Assessment by Self-filtration Criteria

Suffusion occurs when fine soil particles are loosened and transported by seepage flow. Traditional suffusion assessment methods focus on particle size distribution (PSD). The new assessment method created by this study focuses on the pore constriction size distribution (CSD).

Eren KomurluSecond Place ($5,000 USD):

Eren Komurlu – University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (now at Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon,Turkey)

Improved Performance of Rock Bolts using Sprayed Polyurea Coating

A field study was performed under acidic underground water conditions at the Cayeli copper mine in Turkey, which has sulfur-containing minerals, to test the load-bearing capacities of polymer-coated rock bolts (PCRBs) and the corrosion prevention performance of the polyurea coating. Long and short terms pull-out tests were separately performed on polyurea coated and uncoated rock bolts to examine the effect of the surface treatment method on rock bolt support performance. It was observed from the field study that sprayed polyurea prevented steel corrosion economically while bolt load bearing capacity was being increased significantly.

Alejandro MartinezSecond Place ($5,000 USD):

Alejandro Martinez – Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, U.S.A.

Exploiting Innovative Multi-Sensor Technology for Geomaterial Multi-Scale Response Prediction and Disturbance Isolation Studies

Field, laboratory and numerical studies were performed using various novel multi-sensor tools which can be used as attachments behind cone penetration test (CPT) probes or used behind a self-boring lead module. These tools typically can use a combination of four independent friction sleeves and five piezo sensors that can measure the soil response under axial and torsional loading, and several lateral stress cells. These devices are shown to facilitate more detailed site characterization, exploit the quantity and quality of data per sounding and open the door for improved interface and subsurface system design and analysis methods.

The seventeen submissions in this category were assessed by three senior Golder ground engineering staff – Dr. Dennis Becker (Calgary, Canada), Dr. Joe Carvalho (Mississauga, Canada) and Dr. Sri Srithar (Melbourne, Australia). Professor Mario Manassero in Turin and Professor Harry Tan in Singapore provided external evaluations of the eight finalists.

Contaminant Site Assessment and Clean-Up category

For Contaminant Site Assessment and Clean-Up applicants, the topic was “Sustainable remediation technology solutions for contaminants in groundwater.

Here are the deserving recipients for 2014-2015:

Sai RajasekarFirst Place ($10,000 USD):

Sai Rajasekar Chandrasekar Rajajayaval – McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Enhanced Reductive Dechlorination of Trichloroethylene by Sulfidated Nanoscale Zero Valent Iron

Sulfidation is an inexpensive alternative to palladium and can sustain a longer and more effective remediation. Sulfide dosage (Fe/S) is a critical factor for nanoscale zero valent iron (NZVI) reactivity. Sulfidation increased the reactivity of the NZVI ~ 40 fold.

Mohan BasnetSecond Place ($5,000 USD):

Mohan Basnet – McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Nanotechnology Enabled Remediation Solutions for Persistent Contaminants in Groundwater Environments

A major challenge to the use of palladium-doped nanosized zero valent iron (Pd-NZVI) particles to remediate DNAPL and other redox-sensitive contaminants is that it rapidly aggregates. Three surface modifiers carboxymethyl cellulose, soy flour and rhamnolipid were assessed as to how they could improve Pd-NZVI stability and enhance transport. Rhamnolipid, which is non-toxic, biodegradable and commercially available, was found to be the most cost effective natural surface modifier in field applications (patent filed).

Valentina Yie Kuan WongSecond Place ($5,000 USD):

Valentina Yie Kuan Wong – University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Bioremediation of Chlorinated Solvents

The bacteria Dehalobacter sp. UNSWDHB is the first strain isolated in Australia able to dechlorinate chloroform (CF) to dichloromethane (DCM) and 1,1,2-trichloroethane (1,1,2-TCA) to 1,2-dichloroethane (1,2-DCA) and vinyl chloride.The discovery of this novel isolate represents a potential candidate to be used for the bioremediation of sites contaminated with trichloromethane (TCM) and/or 1,1,2-TCA. Successfully scaled up enrichment cultures containing Dehalobacter sp. UNSWDHB have been introduced to a CF contaminated aquifer.

The thirteen submissions in this category were assessed by three senior staff from Golder Associates – Jonathan Medd (Melbourne, Australia), David Smyth (Mississauga, Canada), and Lena Torin (Gothenburg, Sweden). Professor Mette Broholm (Copenhagen, Denmark) and Professor Beth Parker (Guelph, Canada) provided external evaluations of the six finalists.

About The Golder Foundation

The not-for-profit Golder Foundation has been created to enable Golder Associates to preserve and strengthen our commitment to technical excellence and broad employee ownership, and to further our purpose of Engineering Earth’s Development and Preserving Earth’s Integrity. Besides the awards program, the Foundation maintains technical archives of senior Golder professionals and seeks to share the story of Golder’s successful business model and structure.

The Foundation was incorporated in 2013 under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act by Industry Canada.

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About Golder Associates

As a global, employee-owned organisation with over 50 years of experience, Golder Associates is driven by our purpose to engineer earth’s development while preserving earth’s integrity. From 180 offices worldwide, our more than 7,000 employees deliver solutions that help our clients achieve their sustainable development goals by providing a wide range of independent consulting, design, and construction services in our specialist areas of earth, environment, and energy.

For more information, please contact:
Golder Associates Corporation
Denys Reades, Senior Consultant, President of the Golder Foundation
Tel: +1 (905) 567 4444

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