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ICE South West strives to promote the work of civil engineers in the region. We recognise and celebrate the fantastic projects that our members work on, and the outstanding achievements of individuals.

ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards 2021 in association with Kier BAM

ICE South West Awards

The awards showcase the collective and individual achievements of civil engineers and civil engineering in the region.

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If you’d like to enter the 2022 awards, register your interest by email to [email protected].

Recognising individual achievement

Showcasing the efforts of our members is important and helps recognise their individual expertise and contribution to the profession.

Pitch 200

Vote for South West in Pitch 200

Ryan Finnimore, an apprentice civil engineer at Richter Associates, based in Exeter, is representing ICE South West in the global final of Pitch 200.

Pitch 200 is an engineering competition with a difference.

ICE members, at every level from around the world, have the opportunity to submit a pitch video that uses their creativity and inventiveness to communicate a civil engineering idea in just 200 seconds.

Ryan’s Pitch 200 is on the topic of chimney demolition. Watch his video to see how he uses a tower of bagels to simulate a controlled demolition. He needs the most votes to walk away with the top prize of £400 in cash.

Ryan Finnimore

“I’m fascinated by the science of demolition, and I wanted to find a way to explain how engineering can be used to safely bring down a redundant chimney,” said Ryan.

“I am over the moon to be picked for the global final. I had a lot of fun recording the video and creating the tower which is constructed using 25 bagels! I am really enjoying being a civil engineering apprentice and I hope my video inspires other people of my age to consider it. I can promise, you’ll never be bored!”

Eight finalists have been shortlisted for the public vote which runs from 7 July to 18 August 2021.

Watch the videos & cast your vote

For more information aout Pitch 200, please email [email protected].

Emerging Engineers award

Emerging Engineers Award

First prize

Ana Vega Kurson, a civil structural engineer at Arup in Bristol, is the winner of the South West heat of the ICE Emerging Engineers Award 2021.

Her paper, ‘Using data-driven fatigue assessments to justify maximising the energy production of offshore wind farms’ presents a methodology that can be used to calculate the fatigue life of wind turbine foundations across a wind farm.

The judging panel, who were faced with a record number of entries this year, selected Ana’s paper after hearing a compelling presentation of her research at the regional final on Thursday 20 May 2021.

Ana Vega Kurson

Ana said: “Sustainability must be central to our work as civil engineers. Part of reaching net zero carbon requires using our limited resources and existing infrastructure as efficiently as possible. My paper explores how this can be achieved in the context of offshore wind, which will play a critical role in the UK’s renewable energy ambitions.

“The ICE Emerging Engineers Award provides a great platform to share and discuss my work with the industry. Presenting to a professional audience also creates an opportunity to be challenged and gain further insights from colleagues in different fields.”

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.

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Two student members at the University of Bristol were selected as runners-up for the South West region.

Amy Botham came second with a paper entitled, ‘Modelling of new prototype unreinforced masonry schools in Malawi’. Third place went to Jamie Crispen for his work, ‘Winkler model for axial deformation of compressible piles due to tunnelling.’

Graduate of the year award

ICE South West Graduate of the Year Award 2021

Sponsored by WSP

This award recognises the emerging talent within ICE South West’s graduate membership and their overall contribution to civil engineering and the work of ICE.

The 2021 winner is:

Alex Kaye, Graduate Transport Planner, Arup

The award judges were greatly impressed with the way in which Alex is driving change within her company and the wider industry. She’s a digital pioneer - a new breed of civil engineer, who is using data in exciting ways to improve outcomes in her chosen field of transport planning.

It was evident to the judges that Alex went above and beyond in overcoming the challenges of the pandemic to help facility collaboration and support colleagues. Alex also demonstrated a commitment to inclusivity and inspiring future engineers through her work in STEM and outreach.

Highly Commended:

Sally Ameen, Graduate Design Engineer, Richter


WSP is the proud sponsor of the ICE South West Graduate of the Year Award

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Apprentice of the year award

ICE South West Apprentice of the Year Award 2021

Sponsored by Tony Gee and Partners.

This award acknowledges the commitment and achievements of talented apprentices in the built environment and is open to all individuals studying a civil engineering apprenticeship.

The 2021 winner is:

Katie Lawson, Civil Engineering Apprentice Technician, Cormac Solutions

The judges were impressed by Katie’s personal determination and refusal to give up on her dream. Her enthusiasm, integrity and work ethic shined through. She demonstrated how she’s making a positive impact to the team, supporting and encouraging her colleagues with a level of maturity well beyond her years. She’s an inspiring role model, especially for those who might not believe civil engineering is for them.


Proud sponsor of ICE South West Apprentice of the Year Award 2021

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STEM Ambassador of the year

Could you be our STEM Ambassador of the Year?

Entries are now open for the ICE South West STEM Ambassador of the Year 2021.

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

Entries are open for individuals who:

  1. Are a current ICE member living or working in the South West region
  2. Are registered as a STEM Learning Ambassador
  3. Have carried out at least one activity in the last year as an ICE STEM Ambassador, including digital events.

Nominations can be made by the individual themselves or by another ICE member on behalf of someone they would like to see recognised.

The deadline for entries is 17.00 on Monday 1 March 2020.

Download an application form

For further information, please email: [email protected].

Sandhya Sreekumar

Sandhya Sreekumar, a design engineer with Tony Gee and Partners, has been named STEM Ambassador of the Year 2020 by ICE South West.

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