Manby Prize

This was instituted in 1857 by Charles Manby, Secretary of the Institution from 1839 to 1859. The income from the endowment fund is used to provide a framed certificate every year for the best paper covering ICT, GIS or BIM in its broadest sense. 

Each year we award authors from both industry and academia who have produced work judged by their peers to be of exceptional quality and benefit to the civil engineering, construction and materials science community. Papers outside of our archive (published after 2002) are free to read here in perpetuity as part of our commitment to furthering knowledge and best practice. 

Year awarded 

Paper title 

2022

Wildfire risk management in the District of Vila Real (Portugal)

2021

Great Western railway electrification, UK: the key role of building information modelling

2020

Planning and real-time management of smart grids with high PV penetration in Italy

2019 

Laser scan-based structural assessment of wrought iron bridges: Guinness Bridge, Ireland 

2016 

A review of satellite positioning systems for civil engineering 

2015 

Four-dimensional modelling on Tottenham Court Road station, London, UK 

2013 

Dynamic analysis of a smooth penetrometer free-falling into uniform clay. 

2010 

A new approach for assessing geothermal response to climate change in permafrost regions 

2009 

Decision support methodology for complex contexts 

2008 

Going organic: using evolution in civils design 

2007 

What lies beneath: surveying the Thames at Woolwich 

2006 

Managing a city's transportation network–a case study 

2003 

A truss analogy and neural network for reinforced concrete deep beam analysis 

1999 

External restoration of stonework and cast iron roofs at the Palace of Westminster 1981-1997 

1995 

Europe – can UK construction compete? 

1991 

Torridge Bridge – design 

1987 

Design for safety – a consulting engineer’s approach 

1986 

Environmental loading and response 

1979 

Construction noise study – M67 Hyde Bypass 

1975 

A high capacity container terminal 

1971 

The geometry of small meandering streams channels 

1971 

The slope resistance of small meandering channels 

 

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