TDI AWARDS 2023
THE DEWATERING INSTITUTE AWARDS 2023
We were thrilled to host the 2023 TDI Awards sharing in celebrating the achievements of the professionals in the TDI community.
A hearty congratulations to all of this year's winners!
Award Winners 2023
Health & Safety Excellence Company of The Year
Dewatering Consultant Project of The Year
Wells / Drilling Project of The Year
Young Professional of The Year - Laura Florea
Groundwater Treatment Project of The Year
Equipment or Material Innovation of The Year
Sustainability Excellence Company of The Year
Dewatering Contractor Project of The Year
Award Finalists 2023
HEALTH AND SAFETY EXCELLENCE COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Showcasing an award worthy safety contribution, method, action, procedure implemented, compliance to standards, training, technical improvements or a completed project with excellent safety records in our industry.
SUSTAINABILITY EXCELLENCE COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Showcasing an award worthy sustainability contribution, method, action, procedure implemented, compliance to standards, training, technical improvements or a completed project where substantial sustainability aspects played a role.
DEWATERING CONSULTANT PROJECT OF THE YEAR
Showcasing an award worthy groundwater control project undertaken by a specialist dewatering consultant.
DEWATERING CONTRACTOR PROJECT OF THE YEAR
Showcasing an award worthy groundwater control project undertaken by a specialist dewatering contractor.
WELL/S DRILLING PROJECT OF THE YEAR
Showcasing an award worthy project, with focus on a well or wells which were constructed for this project. Wells do not only have to be dewatering abstraction wells, but other wells key to our industry.
GROUNDWATER TREATMENT PROJECT OF THE YEAR
Showcasing an award worthy project, with focus on a temporary groundwater treatment required during the dewatering works or remediation works on a project. This does not need to be a stand-alone groundwater treatment project and can be part of other.
EQUIPMENT OR MATERIAL INNOVATION OF THE YEAR
An exciting category where innovation related to equipment or materials, we use in our industry are showcased. The innovation can be incremental, disruptive, architectural or radical innovation.
YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
An award for a young professional in the dewatering industry. The following criteria applies:
*Under 35 years
*One or two references/sponsor letter
Dr. Joseph Sopko - Director at Keller North America
Dr. Sopko has 40 years of experience in Artificial Ground Freezing, twenty of which were combined with the design and construction with construction dewatering systems. He is currently the Director of Ground Freezing for Keller and oversees ground freezing for civil and mining projects world-wide. He is also an adjunct professor at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan where he teaches a ground improvement course concentrating on ground freezing and dewatering. Major ground freezing projects that he and the team of Keller engineers and craftsmen include the No. 7 Line Subway in New York City, Northgate Link Subway in Seattle and currently two deep shafts for Water Tunnel No. 3 in New York City. He is the chairman of the ASTM subcommittee on the testing of frozen rock and soils.
Dr. Kym Morton - Water Strategist and Consulting Mining Hydrologist
Dr Kym Morton is an international expert on mine dewatering design with over 40 years’ experience on over 300 mines. Her qualifications include BSc Hons Kings College, London, MSc Hydrogeology University College London, PhD in mining hydrology Imperial College London and an MBA in innovation from Imperial College London. She is a Chartered Geologist (UK) , Fellow of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Fellow of the Geological Society (UK), Founder member of the groundwater division of the South African Geological Society and a member of MENSA. Dr Morton is well known for her pragmatic approach to mine dewatering design and implementation which combines international hands-on experience with impeccable qualifications.
Mark Claassen - WSP Tunnelling Practice Lead
Mark is an experienced manager and technical leader with 36 years of experience, with over a decade as an executive. His 26 years in the tunnel industry are complemented by 11 years of military experience. He has a strong reputation for his constructability expertise and a hands-on tunnel background ranging from investigations to design management. Mark has served as project manager for tunnel design, geotechnical investigations and construction supervision projects. He has also served as a project director or manager on over 20 projects, which included mentoring the project managers. His background includes work for owners, designers and contractors in soft-ground, rock, and mixed-face conditions. He has worked on projects involving tunnel boring machines (TBM), micro tunneling, drill-and-blast, NATM, hand-mined tunnels, and HDD. Mark has worked on all phases of heavy civil projects, from alignment studies, permitting, preliminary investigations and feasibility studies to final design, and from the initial geotechnical investigation to the construction of the final lining. His experience includes large, high-risk multidiscipline projects and alternative delivery methods such as design-build, engineer-procure-construct and public-private partnerships (P3).
Peter Brooke - Regional Director at Fugro
Peter brings over 30 years of ground engineering experience to the advisory board. His career has covered a broad range of disciplines including geotechnics, groundwater abstraction, dewatering and geothermal ground source energy. Starting in project management roles, Peter has experience in contracts management, operations, country directorship and senior sales director roles that have taken him across Africa, Middle East and Europe during his varied career. He has been with Fugro since 2010 and currently holds the role of Regional Director for Strategic sales & Marketing for their Europe & Africa region. Peter specializes in drilling, specifically water well; geotechnical and geothermal sub surface investigations, as well as practical experience installing dewatering systems, geothermal ground source energy and undertaking large scale site characterization projects.
David Beniston - Managing Director at Andam International LLC
David is a hydrogeologist with over 26 years of experience in the industry having worked in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Honduras, Republic of Yemen, Sultanate of Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Indonesia. He specializes in drilling management and drilling consultancy services which includes groundwater resource investigations, geophysical surface and borehole techniques. David heads up Andam International LLC and acts as specialist consultants on many projects around the world in the construction dewatering and mine dewatering fields.
Timothy D. Lynch - President at Roscoe Moss
Tim has been employed by Roscoe Moss Company since 1979 and currently serves as its President. Over the last 42 years he has been involved with production wells for municipal supply, irrigation wells for large commercial growers, water supply wells for mineral processing, aquifer storage and recovery wells, along with dewatering wells used for controlling water levels in mines and construction related ground control. He is a committee member of AWWA A-100, responsible for development of water well standards and member of the ASTM D18 subcommittee responsible for standards related to design and construction of monitoring wells. Business related activities have provided Tim the opportunity to travel and work in over 50 countries throughout the Americas, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Australia.
Francois Gous - TDI Graduate Advisory Council Member
Francois is currently working as the Technical engineer for Project Dewatering Limited (United Kingdom) while enrolled as a master’s student at NWU Potchefstroom (South Africa).
His duty as a technical engineer involves all aspects of works, from documenting tenders and client communications to dewatering designs and quote formations.
During his academic career he have obtained in-depth knowledge of applied hydrology and geohydrology as well as gaining experience in spatial analysis and modeling. He has completed a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and geology and a Honors degree in Hydrology and Geohydrology.
Dr. Carlos Andres Rivera Villarreyes
Carlos is a business developer and responsible to meet annual global revenue of DHI’s groundwater software FEFLOW. Alone with his role of Global Product Specialist at DHI, he is also a senior groundwater and hydrogeological advisor. Carlos focus is customer satisfaction based on the delivery of technical solutions in applications ranging from water in mining, nuclear waste decommissioning, emerging contaminants, groundwater resources, geothermal energy and among others.
He have proven leadership of sales and technical teams involving multicultural and age diversity. He have mentored and trained junior engineers within my team to expand their abilities for understanding modelling and hydrogeological processes. He am a respected professional in capacity building (trainer) with a record of more than 50 courses given in groundwater modelling around the world for consultants and decision-makers.
Niel Kriel - Hydrogeologist at WSP Australia
Niel has over 5 years’ experience within the geology and hydrogeology industries working for a mixed range of solution providers in Southern Africa, Qatar and Australia.
Niel has undertaken various hydrology and hydrogeology studies in both civil and mining environments. With a Masters degree in Hydrogeology, Niel’s experience includes groundwater well installation, development and monitoring; aquifer testing; water balance modelling; groundwater modelling; surface water/flood modeling, geological modeling as well as geophysical investigations for groundwater resource delineation, with the majority of his experience in the design and implementation of dewatering systems.
Clément Lerevenu - Senior Project Hydrogeologist - Senior Geo-Data Advisor at Fugro
Clément is hydrogeologist with a polytechnical education and over 10 years of experience in the industry gained from projects across Qatar, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates. Member of the international association of hydrogeologist and of the UNESCO Groundwater Youth Network, he specializes in aquifer characterization, aquifer recharge, drilling management, and digitalization processes. Starting in technical roles, Clément has served in various roles from commercial lead to project manager and served in multiple pilot and multidisciplinary projects such as emergency aquifer storage and recovery, water well field rehabilitation, isotope tracer in urban environment, and soil-gas detection in industrial environment.
Andres Pinto - Regional Technical Lead – Ground Engineering at Stantec
Andres’s work history starts back 21 years ago when, as a freshly graduated civil engineer, he joined a geotechnical consultancy firm in Colombia. It was one of the most amazing experiences, he had the opportunity to be mentored by experienced ground engineering professionals to solve problems arising from complex geotechnical conditions in a mountainous and seismically active country. He travelled all around the country to participate in projects covering various challenges, from earth dams geotechnical and seismic risk assessment to seismic microzonation and site-specific seismic response studies. From the experience gained during his initial professional years he reaffirmed his interest in ground engineering. In 2007, he moved to Europe to pursue Master studies in Geotechnical and Earthquake Engineering and to gain professional experience working for design consultancy firms and contractors in the management, design, procurement, and construction of geotechnical and tunnelling large-scale underground projects. In 2012, he relocated to the Middle East to be part of the construction of the Doha Metro Underground Project, from tender design to handing over. Most recently in 2019, he joined Stantec as the Middle East Regional Technical Lead for Ground Engineering, where he have participated in various projects covering the design and construction supervision of underground pumping stations, tunnels, earthworks, and outfalls.
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