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ICE Northern Ireland's prestigious awards promote the work of civil engineers and encourage excellence in the profession across the region. The awards recognise projects ICE members are involved with, as well as outstanding individual achievements and knowledge.

2021 Emerging Engineers Award

Emerging Engineers Award

ICE NI are now accepting applications for our 2021 Emerging Engineers Award; also known as the Brennan Cup in NI. This competition requires graduate and student members to produce a paper or essay on a topic related to civil engineering. The regional winner is awarded the Brennan Cup and their paper is recommended for entry to the national final of the competition.

Seamus Sands was our 2020 winner - could you be the winner for 2021?

Applications close 22 January 2021.

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Recognising individual achievement

ICE Northern Ireland aims to recognise the achievements of individual members through a number of awards. The Ferguson and Poskitt Medals are awarded annually. The winners of these prestigious medals are chosen by a group of regional committee members.

STEM Ambassador of the Year Award

This award honours an individual who has shown outstanding commitment to civil engineering by giving their own time, to inspire the next generation of civil engineers on behalf of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

ICE Northern Ireland will be selecting a member from the Region, to be the 2021-2022 ICE NI STEM Ambassador of the Year. The NI winner will receive an award, announced at the President’s Visit in December 2021, and then be put forward for the UK competition, the overall winner of which will be presented with their award in summer 2021.

Nominations will open for entry November 2021.

NI STEM Ambassador 2020-2021

NI STEM Ambassador 2020-2021

Our ICE NI STEM Ambassador 2020-2021 is Ruth Kelly, Amey Consulting.

Pitch 200

Pitch 200

Pitch 200 is an engineering competition with a difference.

As one of the four core national activities for ICE 200, this competition is an opportunity to show the general public how civil engineers transform their lives directly in order to encourage the next generation into the profession.

Different to many of the other ICE competitions, Pitch 200 draws on engineers creativity to demonstrate a particular aspect of civil engineering to a public audience – and you only have 200 seconds to do it.

Members at every level have the opportunity to submit a presentation in the weirdest, wackiest and most unconventional way using anything at their disposal to explain your chosen idea.

Entering the Pitch 200 gives you a great chance to:

  • Promote civil engineering as an exciting industry to the public, your area of research/practice and the variety and diversity of jobs within the profession
  • Develop your skills and confidence in public speaking
  • Demonstrate your talent to the engineering community and peers
  • Become ICE Regional Ambassador for 2020 (providing a 'money can't buy' prize that greatly increases the profile and contacts of the winner).

Find out more about Pitch 200

Submitting your entry

Please send your entry to [email protected].

Ferguson Medal

Ferguson Medal

The Ferguson Medal was introduced in 1982 and is named after Robert Ferguson OBE, founder of Ferguson McIlveen. It recognises his contribution to civil engineering and the Institution in Northern Ireland. It is awarded for the best paper, submitted in any year by a regional member.

Ferguson Medal winner 2020

Winners of the 2020 Ferguson Medal
Winners of the 2020 Ferguson Medal

The Ferguson Medal was awarded to Duncan McAllister (Translink) and Chris Caves (Arup) for Belfast Transport Hub.

Emerging Engineers Award

Emerging Engineers Award

The Emerging Engineers Award is also known as the Brennan Cup in NI. This competition requires graduate and student members to produce a paper or essay on a topic related to civil engineering. The regional winner is awarded the Brennan Cup and their paper is recommended for entry to the national final of the competition.

Find out more about Northern Ireland's award

Most recent winner

Seamus Sands

The 2020 NI Final took place on 2 March and Seamus Sands (Arup) was awarded The Brennan Cup by impressing judges with his presentation on 'Incorporating Digital Transformation within the Build Environment'.

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

Poskitt Medal

Poskitt Medal

The Poskitt Medal commemorates Fred Poskitt, a Past Chairman (1972-73) who bequeathed a legacy to ICE. It is awarded for the best paper on design or construction of water resource, or water supply works, submitted in any year by a regional member.

Poskitt Medal winner 2019

The 2020 winning team
The 2019 winning team

David McKillen, David Bell and David Leemon for 'Spillweirs Large and Small: Designing for Reservoir Floods'

Sustainability Award

Sustainability Award

This biennial award is presented to companies working on projects within NI that demonstrate excellent sustainability.

Sustainability Award 2020

Winners of the 2020 Sustainability Award
Winners of the 2020 Sustainability Award

The 2020 winner was Translink (Paul Denvir) for North West Multimodal Transport Hub. Partner organisations: Department for Infrastructure, Derry City and Strabane District Council, Sustrans, Department of Transport and Donegal County Council.

Adrian Long Medal

Adrian Long Medal

This medal celebrates the academic career and research of the Region's esteemed Past Chairman and Past President Adrian Long. Adrian Long donated funds to the Institution to establish a prize in his name for the best paper published in a technical journal.

More information

Adrian Long Medal winner 2020

The 2020 winner was Vinayagamoothy Sivakumar for Assessment of Skempton's pore water pressure parameters B and A using a high-capacity tensiometer. Published in Geotechnique, Oct 2019. Co-authors: Philip Sanlon, Brian Solan, Snehasis Tripathy, Pauline Mackinnon, Shane Donohue, B. Janaki Ramaiah.

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