East of England - awards

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ICE East of England runs a number of competitions and awards throughout the year for projects and individual members.

Celebrating outstanding civil engineering achievements

Aspley Bridge

East of England Merit Awards

ICE East of England presents its Merit Awards every year to celebrate civil engineering in the region. The awards help give projects the recognition and prestige they deserve.

Find out more about our Merit Awards

Recognising individual achievement

ICE East of England gives a number of awards to recognise the individual expertise and excellence of ICE members in the region.

Find out more about the awards.

Emerging engineers award

Emerging engineers award

This competition is held every year to promote and reward excellent communication of civil engineering issues and ideas.

The Award is an excellent chance to practice your writing and presentation skills – perfect preparation for a viva or Professional Review. It'll also raise your profile, help promote your university or employer, and give you the opportunity to have your paper published. Competitors can also win a cash prize of up to £250. Plus, should your paper be chosen for the National Competition, there's another cash prize and the prestigious Institution Medal for the overall winner.

The competition is open to all ICE graduate and student members with papers on any area of engineering design, research or practice. Papers have to be expertly presented and discussed, as well as innovative and well written. Graduate members can adapt papers from professional development or Professional Review reports. Student members can adapt a university project or thesis which should preferably be based on your own work.

The competition is open to all graduate and student members of ICE who live, work or study in the East of England (Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire including Peterborough, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk).

Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners, and the overall regional winner will be considered for a place in the national final.

Previous winning titles include:

  • Development of a Self-Sensing Engineered Cementitious Composite for Intelligent Infrastructure
  • A Collaborative Approach to Design and Build Delivery Using NEC3 ECC Contracts
  • Smart Buildings as Lego Bricks for a New Generation of Smart Cities

Entry for the 2019 Emerging Engineer Award is now closed. Details of the 2020 competition will be available in the autumn.

Previous winner

Ryan Traynor

Ryan Traynor, from AECOM in St Albans, is the ICE East of England Emerging engineers award winner for 2017.

Ryan's paper 'Development of a Self-Sensing Engineered Cementitious Composite for Intelligent Infrastructure' was declared the winner in a very close competition. The runner up was Michael Ridley's paper 'Optimal Scheduling of Inspections and Monitoring for Fatigue Assessment in Offshore Wind Turbines'.

National competition

The Emerging Engineers Award culminates in a national competition. 3 winners from across the UK are selected to take part in the final, held at our headquarters in London.

The selected finalists each present their papers, with the overall winner receiving a cash prize and the prestigious Institution Medal.

Find out more about the final

Meet a former winner

Jasmine Toombs
Jasmine Toombs, winner of the 2017 Emerging Engineers Award

Jasmine Toombs won last year's award with her paper: explored the promising use of Elon Musk's technology in the world of transport. Jasmine described the various Hyperloop proposals that are currently being explored and talked about the challenges and opportunities this new transport mode could bring.

Jasmine represented the ICE's South West Region and is graduate engineer working for WSP in their Turo office in Cornwall.

Individual award for Merit

Individual Award for Merit

The ICE East of England Regional Board gives four awards to exceptional people who have shown extraordinary dedication and commitment to ICE at branch and regional level.

They are:

  • Award for Merit: For outstanding service to civil engineering in representing East of England at any level. Proposed by Regional Executive Board
  • Commendation for Distinguished Service: For outstanding service at regional level. Proposed by Regional Chair
  • Commendation for Good Service: In recognition of good service in a committee role at branch level. Proposed by Branch Chair
  • Commendation for Meritorious Conduct: For service of an exceptional nature - e.g. for conduct involving a high degree of courage, endurance, initiative, devotion to duty. Proposed by Regional Executive Board

Current winners

At the 2018 ICE East of England Annual General Meeting, long serving members Andrew Cowburn and Stephen Hague, were presented with Certificates of Merit in recognition of their contribution to the region by outgoing Chair Andy Palmer.

Andrew Cowburn and Stephen Hague receiving their Certificates of Merit from Andy Palmer

Picture This Photo Competition

Picture This Photo Competition

This is a competition to take photos ICE can use to raise the profile of the profession and help the public understand civil engineering. It isn't a test of photography skills.

How to enter:

  • Submit up to two pictures
  • Images must be taken within the ICE East of England region - i.e. Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Peterborough and Suffolk
  • Please avoid standard pictures of well-known structures such as the Orwell Bridge. The judges are looking for something new
  • The pictures must have been taken no more than 12 months before the closing date
  • Please send your photographs electronically (scanned prints are fine) to [email protected] to arrive no later than Friday 31 May 2019
  • Please remember to include your name; contact details; details about the picture; type of camera and, if appropriate, settings used (photography publications ask for this information in our post-event competition coverage)

Conditions of entry:

  • You don't have to be an ICE member to enter
  • Pictures may be enhanced to make them brighter, clearer etc., but the content must not be manipulated
  • The judges reserve the right to exclude any image they believe has been excessively treated to alter its authenticity
  • The judging panel will include a professional photographer and a representative from the Graduates and Students Committee. The judges view and vote independently without consultation and may also provide comments/advice which will be fed back to the entrants
  • All entries must be your work and must not infringe the rights of any other party
  • You must own the copyright and you will retain copyright, however, in entering the competition, you are agreeing to ICE retaining your pictures and using them for future promotional and illustrative purposes. If they are used, a credit attributing the picture to you will be included. No fees will be payable if pictures are used in this way
  • ICE reserves the right to cancel this competition or amend the rules at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of its control

ICE East of England is looking for a sponsor for this competition. If you know of someone who might like to get involved and benefit from promotional opportunities, please contact Chris Dodson:

e: [email protected]
t: 01353 749483

Most recent winner

Apsley Bridge – Greg Wall
Trial lift operation, Apsley Bridge – Greg Wall

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