The Manby Prize, one of ICE’s publishing awards, was instituted in 1857 by Charles Manby, then Secretary of the Institution. It is awarded for the best paper covering Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or Building Information Modelling (BIM) in their broadest sense. Sinan’s co-authored paper, published in the ICE journal Géotechnique, was awarded this prize for its exceptional quality and benefit to the civil engineering, construction, and materials science community.

The paper discusses innovative displacement and strain monitoring of a Grade-I listed Christopher Wren church undergoing ground movements due to nearby tunnelling activities during the Bank Station Capacity Upgrade Project. Novel laser scan displacement monitoring and fibre optic strain sensing was used, in addition to conventional surveying and tilt monitoring, to monitor the response of the building.

Honoured to receive the award, Sinan said:

“The fibre optic and laser scanning based sensing techniques that we used to monitor the response of the church were new to the industry. We spent several anxious months during the early stages of construction, waiting to see if these sensing techniques will work under the harsh site conditions and deliver useful data for the building owners, infrastructure developers and the research community.”

Read more about the prize

Department of Engineering Science article

Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction article

Pictured: Sinan along with Antonio Luciano, Mark Dewhirst and Professor Lord Robert Mair at the ICE Award Ceremony 2023.