Keller engineer Kanan Garayev has been shortlisted for the Institution of Civil Engineers' Tony Chapman Medal.

Kanan Garayev
Kanan Garayev

The award promotes the role of newly qualified incorporated ICE members (IEng) and is given to the candidate with the best professional review.

Kanan, who is originally from Azerbaijan, graduated from University College, London, in 2016 with a first-class BEng Hons degree in Civil Engineering. He joined Keller as an industrial placement engineer in September 2016 and has since been promoted to contracts engineer.

He is responsible for the development, implementation and management of geotechnical projects, overseeing jobs from contract negotiation to completion. His role includes operational and commercial management of contracts, site supervision, project planning and the management of health, safety and quality.


“I was very happy and proud to be nominated for this award,” said Kanan. “It was totally unexpected and I am very grateful to all the people at Keller who have helped me along the way.”

Kanan’s review was based on his work at the Thames Tideway project at Blackfriars in London.  The Keller team was responsible for creating a watertight 55m deep, 22m diameter concrete-lined drop shaft for a tunnel boring machine using jet grouting.

Kanan is up against two other young engineers who have been shortlisted for the award. The trio will each be asked to give a further 10-minute presentation on a project they have been involved with to a judging panel followed by a 10- minute Q&A session.

The winner receives £500 and is presented with the Tony Chapman Medal at the ICE Annual Awards Ceremony later this year.

Tony Chapman (1948-2004) worked hard to promote ICE incorporated members. He was a member of the ICE Council, Finance Committee and Professional Development Committee. He also chaired the Building Committee and was an ICE reviewer.

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