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ICE West Midlands organises a number of competitions and awards to celebrate the achievements of civil engineers and recognise outstanding work in the region.

Find out more about the regional awards and competitions.

Celebrating outstanding civil engineering achievements

ICE West Midlands Annual Awards 2018

ICE West Midlands Awards 2019

The annual ICE West Midlands Civil Engineering Awards is the premier showcase for engineering excellence in the region.

The awardswere presented at the ICE West Midlands Awards Dinner 2019, on 22 May, in Birmingham.

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Recognising individual achievement

ICE West Midlands recognises high-achieving technicians every year by presenting a Technician Award to those nominated by their colleges or universities.

Pitch 200

Pitch 200

Pitch 200 is an engineering competition with a difference.

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).

Initial entries are a 60 second video summary of what your full presentation would be, and can be based on your own work, discipline or another aspect on civil engineering that fascinates you. It can be adapted from project reports, university/employment research papers or something entirely new.


Say my name is Isambard and I've been working on this interesting suspension bridge in Bristol. For my video, I could make a model of the bridge showing how it was constructed and the engineering behind it. This video would be 60 seconds long and would be sent with the form below to my local ICE regional team.

Once I'd sent it in, I'd wait to hear if I'd been shortlisted. If I am, I'll get the chance to produce a longer 200 second talk to be presented at the regional Pitch 200 heat. If I win the heat then I will go through to present at the finale at One Great George Street.


The regional winner will be shortlisted for the Pitch 200 Final where the overall ICE Ambassador for 2020 will be awarded.

The East & West Midlands region Pitch 200 is open to all current ICE members who live, work or study in the East or West Midlands region.

To enter, you need to register your intent to join the competition by completing and sending the Pitch 200 Entry Form and 60 second summary video to [email protected] by 26 August 2020.

Entry details in brief

Registration of intent to join the competition by submitting 60 second summary video via We Transfer by 26 August 2020 to the East & West Midlands Regional Support Team.

Download our application form
Download our Pitch 200 flyer
Watch our Pitch 200 videos to find out more

Pitch 200 Midlands final

Prizes for the East & West Midlands Regional Final

First prize: ICE Regional Ambassador for 2020

Our 2018 winner

The 2018 joint East and West Midlands Pitch 200 regional and national winner is Imogen Graves of LM JV.

Best Technician Student award

Best Technician Student award

Each year, colleges and universities in the West Midlands are asked to nominate a student who has performed at an outstanding level whilst studying for a National Certificate or Diploma, Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma, Higher National Certificate or Diploma, or Foundation Degree.

Our 2018 winners are:

Robert Chapman of Bridges Pound Consulting Engineers - Nominated by Solihull College
Jamie-Lee Francis of Kier Group - Nominated by Solihul College
Alister Bishop of Staffordshire County Council - Nominated by the University of Wolverhampton


Emerging Engineers Award

Emerging Engineers Award

The Emerging Engineers Award promotes and rewards outstanding communication of civil engineering ideas and research. It offers ICE Student, Graduate and trainee Technician members the opportunity to submit a paper on any civil engineering-related topic in the format of research, a report or essay.

Entering the Emerging Engineers Award (EEA) gives you a great chance to:

  • Promote new ideas, research and best practice to the engineering community;
  • Develop your skills and confidence in public speaking;
  • Improve your written and verbal skills to help you prepare for your Professional Review;
  • Demonstrate your talent to the engineering community and peers;
  • Add to your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) record; and
  • Win a cash prize at the Regional Final and ultimately the National Final if shortlisted.

Entries should be based on your own work and can be adapted from university/employment research papers, project reports, quarterly employment reports, written exercises or Professional Review reports. Prizes for the West Midlands Regional Final:

  • First Prize £250
  • Second Prize £100
  • Third Prize £50

Entry details in brief:

  • Submission of a 400 word synopsis by 22 February 2019 to your Regional Support Team via the email address below
  • Notification of shortlisted candidates 15 March 2019
  • Final Paper submission by 26 April 2019 (up to 4000 words)
  • West Midlands Regional Final 14 May 2019

The three finalists will receive free tickets to the West Midlands Annual Awards Dinner on Wednesday 22 May 2019 where the regional winner will be announced.

The regional winner will be shortlisted for the Emerging Engineers Award Final where the prestigious Institution Medal and further cash prizes can be won.

The West Midlands region 2019 EEA is open to all current ICE Student, Graduate and Trainee Technician members who live, work or study in the West Midlands region.

To enter send your 400 word synopsis and a completed entry form to ICE West Midlands Graduates and Students Committee [email protected] by Friday 22 February 2019.

Final copies of your paper (if selected) will need to be submitted by Friday 26 April 2019.

The Regional Final for those who are successfully shortlisted will be held on Tuesday 14 May 2019. Please make sure you can attend to present your paper in front of the judges.

For further details visit the Emerging Engineers Award page the West Midlands Awards page or email the event organiser, Conchita Munar via [email protected]

Previous winner

The Winner of the regional round of the ICE Emerging Engineers Competition 2018 was Ahmed El Nagar, a Coventry student with his paper:

'A numerical study to investigate how well the ground behaviour on-site can be predicted with the aid of Finite Element Analysis!'

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


This is civil engineering photography competition

This is civil engineering photography comptetition

Are you a keen photographer? Do you have an artistic side?

If so, it would be great to see your creative vision of civil engineering in the West Midlands.

This isn't a competition about photography skills. ICE West Midlands is simply looking for images that raise the profile of the profession and help the public understand civil engineering.

The winner will receive two tickets for the ICE West Midlands Annual Awards on 21 May 2015.

How to enter:

Submit up to three images taken in the ICE West Midlands region - Birmingham, Shropshire, Coventry and Warwickshire, Hereford and Worcester, and Staffordshire.

The judges are looking for your own interpretation of what embodies civil engineering, such as landscapes, structure, buildings or people.

Images must be sent in digital format to [email protected] no later than Friday 10 April 2015.

Please remember to include your name, contact details, details about the picture, type of camera and, if appropriate, settings used.

Follow ICEWESTMIDLANDSREGION on Instagram and tag your photos with #thisiscivilengineeringWM.

Previous winner

Winner to be announced in April 2015.


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