Prestigious Telford Premium Prize for Civil Engineering Staff and Graduates

Published on 2 December 2020

A paper co-authored by lecturers and graduates from Civil Engineering has been awarded a prestigious Telford Premium prize from ICE Publishing.

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Graduates Frazer Watters and Valdemaras Sivickij wrote the paper with Civil Engineering lecturers Dr Leon Chernin and Dr Margi Vilnay, who was working as an engineer at the consultancy at the time.

The award-winning paper titled ‘Fidelity of computational modelling of offshore jacket platforms’ focuses on the modelling of a 4-legged X-braced jacket type platform using nonlinear finite element analysis.

Each year, ICE Publishing awards authors from both industry and academia who have produced work which is judged by their peers to be of exceptional quality and benefit to the civil engineering, construction and materials science community.

Although the origins of the paper began while the graduates were studying at the University of Dundee, the research continued after graduation and the paper was published 2019 while both were working in industry.

“The paper was partly based on work I had completed as part of my Honours project. The industry-university collaboration gave me excellent industry experience as it allowed me to work subject matter experts and gave me hands on experience using advanced systems.”

“Many of the assets in the North Sea are now working beyond their original design life. Operators are relying more heavily on non-linear finite element analysis (FEA) to ensure their assets are fit for purpose.

“My experience from the collaboration gave me the base understanding of structural behaviour of offshore structures and how to analyse them. We are in the process of writing up inspection procedures for various floating offshore windfarm installations across Europe.”

“It’s an exciting time to be involved in such work especially as the UK is now aiming to supply 100% of the power for UK homes using offshore wind energy by 2030.”

Dr Chernin who co-ordinated and supervised their Honours project said, “This prize showcases the potential of Industry- Academic collaboration. Our students benefitted from working alongside exceptional engineers in the industry and gained practical insights which has helped enhance their employability leading to them securing and succeeding in their careers.”

“The fact that we have continued to collaborate with them after graduation, is testament to the great environment and relationships with industry we have in our School.”

Dr Leon Chernin


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