URS Belfast team wins ‘top communicator’ prize


31 OCTOBER 2012

A team of young engineers from engineering and environmental consultants, URS Belfast, claimed this year’s ICE Communications Competition title, beating opposition from Arup Cardiff.

David Bell, David Dawson, David Leemon and Jonathan Bradshaw presented their consultation strategy and public information leaflet to judges alongside Arup Cardiff at the University of Birmingham.

Not just practical skills

The ICE Communications Competition challenges teams to prove they have developed effective communication and public involvement skills, crucial for the efficient and timely delivery of civil engineering projects.

The participating teams presented two different scenarios; the development of a bypass and the regeneration of a harbour.

Teams presented their solutions at fictional public consultation meetings where they were judged on their clarity in communicating, covering issues raised in the scenario and engaging the target audience. Their sincerity and professionalism, as well as the appropriate and effective distribution of roles between team members was also assessed.

Ready for the real thing

The judges – Ian Jenkinson (Chair of the Editorial Advisory Panel, Municipal Engineer journal), Mike Rogers (ICE’s Professional Development Manager) and Alastair Templeton (Chair of ICE West Midlands and a member of ICE’s UK Regional Affairs Committee) – commended their efforts, saying they felt that both teams could be deployed in a real life consultation exercise and be confident in their capacity to handle the situation.

The ICE Communications Competition is open to Graduate and Student members with less than seven years’ industry experience.

For more information or to enter next year’s ICE Communication Competition, please contact your regional ICE office.