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 Open 1 March 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.

2020 Winner

Daniel O’Kelly

BMechEng(Hons) BCom

Daniel O’Kelly is a recent graduate, having completed his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours First Class) and Bachelor of Commerce at the University of New South Wales in 2019. While completing his degree, Daniel won a scholarship with Transport for NSW in 2015.

His experience in the Tunnel Technology team within the Motorways division provided a unique exposure to the tunnelling world. While under the direction of Tunnel Technology manager Nigel Casey, Daniel conducted in-depth investigations into the NSW Fleet and vehicle emissions. Understanding the changes to the vehicle fleet and the generation of vehicle emissions are important for road tunnel ventilation systems both now and in the future.

Daniel is currently part of the Transport for NSW Graduate program, gaining experience in various placements such as Strategic Rail and the Digital Systems Program. Daniel hopes to return to continue working in the road tunnels ventilation, fire and life safety space in the future.

Past award recipients

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