The ATS David Sugden Young Engineers Writing Award

About this Award

In 2004 the Australian Tunnelling Society started the David Sugden Award to encourage young engineers to develop the art of technical writing.

The competition is open to all ATS members and university students under 35 years of age as at 31 August 2021. The prize includes a complimentary conference registration and $2000 towards personal travel and accommodation to attend a tunnelling conference nominated by ATS.

The winning paper will be published in the ATS Journal.

2022 Nominations Close 1 August 2022
Eligibility Criteria
Terms and Conditions
Submission Guidelines

Eligibility Criteria

  • The competition is open to all ATS Members and University Students under 35 years of age, as at 31 August 2021.

Terms and Conditions

  • The task is to write a technical paper on any subject related to tunnelling and underground construction, not less than 2000 words and not more than 5000 words.
  • Best paper to be judged by the Australian Tunnelling Society Executive Committee.
  • Only papers with the individual authorship will be considered for the David Sugden Award.
  • Only one nominated paper is allowed per author in a given area of tunnelling and underground construction. For an author with multiple publications in a single area, they are encouraged to select their best paper.

Submission Guidelines

You must submit your nomination online and provide:

  1. nominated technical paper
  2. nominee’s current CV, including employment history and achievements
  3. nominee’s current biographical information
  4. nominee’s portrait photo.

2021 Winner

Harry Buchanan is a Geotechnical Engineer with three years of experience. He graduated from the University of Queensland in 2018 with a Bachelors of Engineering (Civil) and Commerce with First Class Honours.

Harry has been involved in a variety of small to large scale civil projects, from feasibility studies to detailed design and construction phase services. He has spent the last two years gaining experience carrying out design and construction phase services for wide span caverns, mined tunnels and shafts on the Cross River Rail project.

Past award recipients