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Chris Mundell receiving his award from Professor David Nethercot, past president of the IStructE

Internal News - 26 March 2008

Chris Mundell wins first prize at IStructE Young Researcher's Conference 2008

Chris Mundell, a Research Officer in the Department of Civil Engineering & Architecture, has won first prize for his presentation at a high profile international conference for young researchers.

Chris won the oral category at the Institution of Structural Engineers Young Researcher's Conference for a presentation about his PhD research on large scale testing of dry stone retaining structures.

Chris has developed a dry stone retaining wall testing facility at the University of Bath to study the mechanisms that occur during their collapse.

The outdoor laboratory took twelve months to design and construct, and has the capacity to test full scale walls in a variety of ways until failure is reached.

Head of Department, Professor Tim Ibell, said: "This award to Chris is terrific news for the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering.

“The award is fiercely competitive, being open to any young researcher in structural engineering across the world.

“Over the past six years, we have now had three winners from this department, which is a magnificent achievement.

“Such high-profile awards reflect the quality and relevance of our research in innovative structural engineering.”

Chris has been supervised by Pete Walker, Paul McCombie and Andrew Heath, and funded by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council with support from Network Rail, Bradford Metropolitan Council, Wiltshire County Council, Gloucestershire County Council, Cornwall County Council, County Surveyors Society and the Dry-stone Walling Association.