2002 Young Geotechnical Professionals Seminar Evening & Dr Baden Clegg Award

Phil Watson

Following the success of the 2001 seminar evening, the Western Australian Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) hosted the 2002 Young Geotechnical Professionals Seminar Evening in July 2002. This provided young (under 35 years old) geotechnical engineers, geologists and other geotechnical professionals an opportunity to present a 15 minute seminar on a topic of interest to the wider geotechnical community.
In recognition of his lifetime achievements in the support and development of young geotechnical professionals, the WA AGS committee decided to form the Dr Baden Clegg Award as part of the 2002 seminar evening. This award was made to the best presenter on the evening, as selected by a panel of senior geotechnical professionals, and symbolises excellence within the geotechnical community.

About Baden Clegg

Baden Clegg (1925 – 1999) was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Western Australia for roughly 30 years, until his retirement in the mid 1980s. Amongst many notable achievements, Dr Clegg was primarily responsible for the development of the Clegg Impact Hammer, now used worldwide in the construction of earthworks and flexible pavements. Baden also was instrumental in the development of the Perth Sand Penetrometer and its use for shallow foundation design and compaction control in the greater Perth area.