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Concrete In Australia : December 2013
Concrete in Australia VolVol 39 No 4 17 MEDAL COMPETITION Every five years, the Association of Engineers of Ghent University (AIG), Ghent, Belgium, bestows the Gustave Magnel Gold Medal Award on the designer of a structure deemed to be an important and remarkable application of reinforced or prestressed concrete. The 2014 medal will be the 12th award in honour of Gustave Magnel, an engineer who developed a new prestressing method during WWII. Gustave Magnel Magnel graduated from Ghent University in 1912 as a civil engineer and returned to the school in 1919 as chief assistant in the Laboratory for Strength of Materials. He became a professor in 1937 and taught classes on the design of concrete structures and structural analysis until his death in 1955. He developed his own prestressing system during WWII – the Belgian or Magnel-Blaton post-tensioning system1 – which featured wires arranged in a cable in a predetermined pattern anchored by sandwich plates and tensioned two at a time. Magnel authored more than 200 publications, including several textbooks and a manual that was translated into English and Spanish. His publications and worldwide lectures contributed to the rise in use of prestressed concrete throughout Europe. Magnel was instrumental in the construction of the first prestressed concrete girder bridge in the US – the Walnut Lane Memorial Bridge, Philadelphia, completed in 1951. Magnel was also an active member of numerous international organisations, including the American Concrete Institute, with which the Institute has joint membership available. As part of his legacy, the concrete research laboratory he founded at Ghent University now bears his name. Award requirements The medal is presented every five years, with the first award presented in 1959. The award is granted to the designer of a structure that has been built and completed within the five-year term and can be considered an important or innovative use of prestressed concrete. The competition is open to designers and projects worldwide. Those who wish to apply must present a short description of the structure, a declaration proving the applicant designed the structure, a letter from the applicant agreeing to provide project details upon request, and the applicant’s curriculum vitae. After initial review by the board of administration, potential honourees are considered by a scientific jury comprising representatives from several European universities. From the jury’s report, a winner is named and then honoured at an award ceremony, which, for this upcoming medal, will be held in the northern hemisphere autumn of 2014. The winning individual receives a physical gold medal and diploma naming him or her as Laureate of the Gustave Magnel Gold Medal. Gustave Magnel Medal past winners Since 1959, 11 individuals have received the Gustave Magnel Gold Medal. They are: • 1959: Nicolas Esquillan, France, for the triangular vault shell of the Centre of New Industries and Technologies, Puteaux, France • 1963: P Blokland, the Netherlands, for the Nabla beams of the Haringvliet Dam, South Holland, the Netherlands • 1968: Fritz Leonhardt, West Germany, for the Caroní River Bridge, Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela • 1973: Ulrich Finsterwalder, West Germany, for the Maintenance Hall V of the Rhine-Main Airport, Frankfurt, Germany • 1979: R De Keyser, Belgium, for the Houffalize Viaduct, Houffalize, Belgium • 1984: Hans Wittfoht, West Germany, for the Siegtalbrϋcke highway bridge, Siegen-Eiserfeld, Germany • 1988: René Greisch, Belgium, for the Pont de Wandre Bridge, Liege, Belgium • 1994: Olav Olsen, Norway, for the Draugen Platform, Norway • 1999: Michel Virlogeux, France for Le Pont de Normandie Bridge, Le Havre-Honfleur, France • 2004: Jörg Schlaich, Germany, for the Auerbachstrasse Bridge, Stuttgart, Germany • 2009: Juan José Arenas de Pablo, Spain, for the Third Millennium Bridge over River Ebro, Zaragoza, Spain Gustave Magnel Gold Medal Reference 1. Taerwe, L.R., “Contributions of Gustave Magnel to the Development of Prestressed Concrete”, Ned H. Burns Symposium on Historic Innovations in Prestressed Concrete, SP-231, B.W. Russell and S.P. Gross, eds., American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, MI, Oct. 2005, pp. 1-14. Visit www.mijn-aig.be/downloads/reglement-magnes2013.pdf to learn more. To enter, send an application to the Secretariat of the AIG Foundation at email@example.com or at Plateaustraat, 9000 Ghent, Belgium, prior to 15 January 2014. 17 - Medal.indd 17 17 - Medal.indd 17 25/11/13 2:39 PM 25/11/13 2:39 PM