RW Chapman Medal

About this Award

The medal was first awarded in 1935 and perpetuates the memory of Sir Robert Chapman, a former Professor of Engineering at the University of Adelaide and a member of the inaugural Council of the Institution. He was Chairman of the former Adelaide Division in 1920 and was President of the Institution in 1922.

Nomination Criteria
Presentation of the Award

Nomination Criteria

The Medal is awarded for the best paper in the structural field, published in an Australian Journal (but with special consideration to the Internationally recognised Australian Journal of Structural Engineering) in the previous calendar year. It must also satisfy the award criteria.

  • Make a genuine attempt to share data or advance the practice of structural engineering
  • Represent a realistic approach to the subject i.e. practically appropriate techniques
  • Have at its core an important or neglected issue that has industry application
  • Be a sound technical development with good quality presentation
  • The recipient does not have to be an Engineers Australia member

Presentation of the Award

The winner receives a framed medal and is presented at a special meeting or function of the College selected as appropriate by the Board of the College of Structural Engineering.

2020 Winner

P Mahakavi & R Chitra

Paper published in the Australian Journal of Structural Engineering Volume 21, 2020 – Issue 1 

P. Mahakavi is a Research Scholar at the Department of Civil Engineering in Anna University, Chennai. In the last 4 years, his research has been focused on the development of structural concrete with waste materials such as foundry sand, Manufactured sand and Recycled Coarse aggregate in Self-Compacting Concrete. He earned his bachelor’s degree as a civil engineer at the Government College of Engineering, Tirunelveli and his master’s degree at the United Institute of Technology, Coimbatore. After having completed his education, he has worked as a site engineer in private companies in India and also has worked as an assistant professor in colleges.

R Chithra is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Government College of Technology, Coimbatore, India. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Government College of Engineering, Tirunelveli, India and her master’s degree from Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai, India. She holds Doctoral degree from Anna University, Chennai, India. Her research projects focused on the development of Steel-Concrete Composite Beams, valorization of recycled waste materials in Self Compacting Concrete and Hybrid fiber Reinforced Engineered Cementitious Composites.