Dr Baden Clegg Award (WA)

The award perpetuates the memory of Dr Baden Clegg (1925-1999), who was a lecturer at the University of Western Australia for around 30 years until his retirement in the mid-1980s and in recognition of his lifetime of achievement in the support and development of young geotechnical professionals. Dr Clegg was instrumental in the invention and development of both the ubiquitous Perth sand penetrometer and the Clegg Impact Hammer, both used for compaction control in earthworks and flexible pavements.

Basis of the Award

The award is presented annually to a young geotechnical engineer or geologist (under the age of 35 years) for the presentation of an outstanding 15-minute seminar on a topic of interest to the wider geotechnical community.

The seminars are presented by three or four selected candidates, with judging by a panel of three experienced geotechnical professionals who assess the seminars for their technical content, presentation quality and presentation style.


A call for abstracts is distributed around March or April in each year. Candidates should submit their abstracts by the due date (typically June). Selected candidates will present their papers at the July AGS WA chapter meeting (second Tuesday in July).


The AGS WA chapter will select a sub-committee of 3 members to consider the issued abstracts and to select three to four to present their seminars.

A judging panel of 3 judges (comprising AGS WA chapter members) will be selected by the AGS WA chapter committee for the judging on the night.


The judging and presentation of the award is done on the evening of the seminar. The award for the winner consists of a trophy representing the Perth sand penetrometer and a cash prize. Runners-up will be presented with a cash prize.

Past winners