NZGS Geomechanics Award

New Zealand Geotechnical Society Geomechanics Award

The NZ Geomechanics Award is bestowed on the author(s) of papers that are distinguished in their contribution to the development of geotechnics in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Geotechnical Society Geomechanics Award is awarded every three years and is presented at the Society's Annual General Meeting. The award is made to the Society member or members producing the adjudged "best" published paper during the three years ending 31 July preceding the date of the Award, in any publication at the discretion of the Management Committee. The winning paper will be that considered to be distinguished in its contribution to the development of geotechnics in New Zealand.

All Society members who are authors of any paper published within the previous three years shall be eligible, provided that at least one author is a member and a member nominates the paper in writing during the year of the award.  The award is a sum of money to be determined by the Management Committee for the purchase of books, plus a certificate.

Previous winners

  • 2015 Tam Larkin and Chris Van Houtte for their paper entitled “Determination of site period for NZS1170.5:2004” (published by NZ Society for Earthquake Engineering in March 2014)
  • 2008 Misko Cubrinovski for his paper entitled “Pseudo-static analysis of piles subjected to lateral spreading”