Yorkshire & Humber - awards

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Promoting the success of civil engineers and projects in Yorkshire and Humber is important. It helps to raise the profile of civil engineers and the profession across the region. So, tell us who or what has made you proud!

Celebrating outstanding civil engineering achievements

Civil Engineering Awards

Annual Awards

Our Civil Engineering Awards recognise excellence and imaginative concepts in civil engineering practice across the Yorkshire and Humber region. There are award categories for Small, Medium, and Large projects. They span all sizes and structures and celebrate projects that have a clear benefit to society.

Find out more about our annual awards

Recognising individual achievement

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

Regional Education Awards

Regional Education Awards

The Regional Education Team presents three awards to individuals and companies that have made a significant contribution to the ICE ambassador scheme and helped raise the profile of civil engineering among young people.

  • New Ambassador Award*
    A new member of the ICE ambassador scheme who has made an impact in their first year
  • Special Recognition Award*
    A member who has played an important role in the ambassador 'team'
  • Company Award
    Presented to an employer that has been the most effective during the previous school year in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

*Nominations for the two individual awards are made by the Regional Education Team.

How to enter the Company Award in 2018

Entry for the awards will open in autumn 2017.

Previous winners

New Ambassador Award

L-R: Yorkshire & Humber Chair Chris Digman, Nasar Adam, ICE President Tim Broyd
L-R: Yorkshire & Humber Chair Chris Digman, Nasar Adam, ICE President Tim Broyd

Nasar Adam GMICE
Graduate Civil Engineer, JN Bentley

Nasar has been active in careers fairs and attended a number of structured activities, including one at his old school. He has balanced this commitment to encouraging young people into engineering careers with a demanding role at JN Bentley and embarking on the route to professional membership. He is a wonderful, enthusiastic individual who has also been instrumental in recruiting more graduates to help with schools activities.

Special Recognition Award

L-R: Yorkshire & Humber Chair Chris Digman, Kate Watson, ICE President Tim Broyd
L-R: Yorkshire & Humber Chair Chris Digman, Kate Watson, ICE President Tim Broyd

Kate Watson CEng MICEM
Athena SWAN and Women in Engineering Project Manager, University of Sheffield

Kate has received this year's award for her ongoing support to the education team, not only in her own time, but also in promoting how ICE can support schools and events in the region. She often approaches ICE with requests to support high profile events and is a great ambassador for women in engineering. Her role now at the University of Sheffield allows us to work with the engineering department to attract more students into engineering careers. An award that only skims the contribution that she has given to ICE.

Company Award (Cable Cup)

L-R: ICE President Tim Broyd, Sarah Melville-Crowe and Chris Ruta (Jacobs), Yorkshire & Humber Chair Chris Digman
L-R: ICE President Tim Broyd, Sarah Melville-Crowe and Chris Ruta (Jacobs), Yorkshire & Humber Chair Chris Digman

Winner: Jacobs

Highly Commended: Network Rail

Commended: A-One+ and TSP

Communications Competition

Communications Competition

The Communications Competition is a team contest open to graduate and student members of ICE and is an opportunity for you to test your communication skills in front of an audience.

The competition has three rounds - regional heats, semi-finals and a national final. Full details of the competition rules, requirements and scenarios can be found on the Communications Competition webpage.

Entry for the 2017 regional competition is now closed.

Previous winner

Graduate team from Mott MacDonald
Graduate team from TSP

The judges selected the team from TSP in York as 2017's winners. ICE graduate members Foysel Ahmed Ali, James Foreman, Penny Gilg and Joe Stafford chose scenario: 'Springfield Level Crossing Closure' and created a consultation strategy and public information leaflet to assist with their presentation. They receive £250 and will go on to the national semi-finals.

Emerging Engineers Award

Emerging Engineers Award

The Emerging Engineers Award, formerly known as the Papers Competition, is an opportunity to develop key writing, presentation and debating skills. It's also a great way to boost your continuing professional development (CPD) record.

The Yorkshire and Humber regional heat is open to all current ICE graduate and student members who live, work or study in the region.

The judges will select from the entries submitted and finalists will be invited to submit their full paper and to present it at the regional final.

Entry for the 2017 regional competition is now closed. For more information on the award and how you can enter next time, please visit the Emerging Engineers page.

Previous winner

James Green (Hydrotec Consultants Ltd) for 'Design refinement of a typical pumping station through physical modelling'.

Second place:
Kimberley Middleton (Story Contracting Ltd) for 'Eden Brow railway landslip: reopening the Settle to Carlisle line in time for the Flying Scotsman'.

Third place:
Elaine Robinson (Arup) for 'Surface water drainage design at a coastal location - a case study'.

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

Yorkshire Geotechnical Group Presentation Competition

Yorkshire Geotechnical Group Presentation Competition

The Yorkshire Geotechnical Group Presentation Competition is open to young geotechnical engineers (aged 30 or under by the end of the year of entry).

The aim of the competition is to encourage young engineers to prepare and give a technical presentation. It may be on any topic dealing with engineering behaviour of the ground, and can be based on a construction/design project or research.

The presentation doesn't have to focus on work that's completely your own, but you would need to point what part you played in the project or research.

Up to five finalists are chosen to give a 10-minute presentation, which should emphasise the geotechnical aspects of the work. There will be approximately five minutes allowed after each presentation for questions from the floor. A panel of three professional engineers will judge the competition.

Cash prizes are on offer and entry into the competition will also count towards CPD training days.

The winner will also be encouraged to use their presentation to produce a technical paper for entry into the British Geotechnical Association National Cooling Prize Competition and, if appropriate, the Engineering Group of the Geological Society Glossop Award.

To enter you need to submit a short synopsis of your proposed presentation. Entry will open in autumn 2017.

If you'd like to find out more, please contact John Judge at: john.judge@longssteel.com.

Previous winner

Paul Shepley, University of Sheffield
Paul Shepley, University of Sheffield

Paul's winning presentation was titled: 'Pile jetting: Novel understanding through physical modelling'.

Photography Competition

Photography Competition

In 2018 the institution turns 200. Help us celebrate some of the civil engineering projects and schemes that have had the greatest impact on people's lives over the past 200 years by entering our photography competition.

A showcase for the very best digital photography of the built environment in the region, the competition is open to all schools, colleges, photo clubs, members of the public, as well as industry colleagues.

The institution has selected 20 significant civil engineering projects across the region, and entrants are invited to capture a photograph of one of the structures. There is no limit to the number of photographs you can enter.

The photographs will be featured in a number of public spaces at a prestigious anniversary exhibition next year, as the institution celebrates its bicentenary. There are also three cash prizes.

Prizes:

Winner £250, Second Prize £150, Third Prize £100.

How to enter

Top 10 subjects:

  • Blackburn Meadows Waste Water Treatment Works, including Sheffield Megatron
  • Drax Power Station
  • Emley Moor transmitting station
  • Humber Bridge
  • Humber ports
  • Middleton Railway
  • Saltaire and Leeds & Liverpool Canal
  • Scammonden Dam/M62 Pennine section
  • Tinsley Viaduct
  • Washburn valley reservoirs

Alternative subjects:

  • Cleethorpes Pier
  • Huddersfield Narrow Canal/Standedge Tunnel
  • Hull Tidal Barrier
  • Leeds-Bradford Airport runway
  • Leeds Station southern entrance
  • Lockwood Viaduct
  • Nidderdale Aqueduct
  • Selby Diversion
  • Underpinning of York Minster
  • York Railway Station

Good luck!

2018 Photography competition

University of Bradford Student Prizes

University of Bradford ICE Student Prize

The ICE Student Prize is an annual award for undergraduates who have performed the best in the last two years of their Joint Board of Moderators (JBM)-accredited civil engineering degree course.

The prize is awarded on the recommendation of the course leaders or the appropriate staff members at each awarding university. The winner receives £250 and a certificate.

2017 winner

Abigail Short

Head of Civil Engineering Discipline Dr Mostafa Mohamed said: "Abigail is the top student for her MEng cohort with an excellent average of 83.5% which puts her well ahead of any other students. Abigail is very well motivated and hard working. She is pretty strong in almost all subject areas of civil engineering. I am sure she will become one of the influential engineers in a few years' time. I strongly support her for the ICE prize."

 

University of Bradford ICE Yorkshire and Humber Student Prize

This prize is additionally presented by the ICE Yorkshire and Humber region. The winner receives a cash prize and a certificate.

2017 winner

Zaroon Mahmood

Dr Mohamed said: "Mr Mahmood has been nominated by the board of examiners to receive the Institution of Civil Engineers local branch prize of £50 as he achieved the highest progression average in Stage 2. Mr Mahmood has done extremely well in Stage 2, a year which is heavily dependent on the mathematics for the core civil engineering modules.

Some of his achievements are 96% in the Steel and Concrete Design module and 90% in the Structural Mechanics and Analysis module. Mr Mahmood is a very motivated and committed student to civil engineering. I have no doubt that he will be an excellent civil engineer."

University of Leeds ICE Student Prizes

University of Leeds ICE Student Prize

The ICE Student Prize is an annual award for undergraduates who have performed the best in the last two years of their Joint Board of Moderators (JBM)-accredited civil engineering degree course.

The prize is awarded on the recommendation of the course leaders or the appropriate staff members at each awarding university. The winner receives £250 and a certificate.

2017 winner

Sanduni Rangika

Professor Barry Clarke said: "Sanduni excelled over her four year programme achieving the highest average marks of her cohort. Her final year research project on lightweight structures was an opportunity to bring together all the knowledge she developed during the programme and achieve a first class mark of 84%. She has been successful in securing employment with Atkins."

 

University of Leeds ICE Yorkshire and Humber Student Prize

This prize is additionally presented by the ICE Yorkshire and Humber region. The winner receives a cash prize and a certificate.

2017 winner

Edwin Griffin

Professor Clarke said: "Edwin excelled in year 2 with an average mark of 88% which included 98% for structural analysis, a challenging subject for most students. Edwin has clearly excelled in a degree programme that is designed to combine creative concepts with technical delivery."

Leeds Beckett University Student Prizes

Leeds Beckett University ICE Student Prize

The ICE Student Prize is an annual award for undergraduates who have performed the best in the last two years of their Joint Board of Moderators (JBM)-accredited civil engineering degree course.

The prize is awarded on the recommendation of the course leaders or the appropriate staff members at each awarding university. The winner receives £250 and a certificate.

2017 winner

Lumumber (Patrick) Okot

Lumumber (Patrick) Okot

Senior Lecturer Philip Garrison said: "This student's performance has been exemplary throughout his studies at Leeds Beckett University. His conscientious approach to his work is particularly commendable.

Patrick also has exceptional personal qualities, and has mentored other students, and was generally well liked by students and staff alike. I have no doubt that he will go on to be an outstanding civil engineer."

 

Leeds Beckett University ICE Yorkshire and Humber Student Prize

This prize is additionally presented by the ICE Yorkshire and Humber region. The winner receives a cash prize and a certificate.

2017 winner

Michaela Petrova

Michaela Petrova

Mr Garrison said: "This student's performance has been exemplary throughout her studies at Leeds Beckett University, achieving high marks at every stage. Michaela was well liked by students and staff alike, and I have no doubt that she will go on to be an outstanding civil engineer."

University of Sheffield Student Prizes

University of Sheffield ICE Student Prize

The ICE Student Prize is an annual award for undergraduates who have performed the best in the last two years of their Joint Board of Moderators (JBM)-accredited civil engineering degree course.

The prize is awarded on the recommendation of the course leaders or the appropriate staff members at each awarding university. The winner receives £250 and a certificate.

2017 winner

Fenella Ross

"Fenella performed outstandingly in examinations throughout her MEng programme, with first class marks in all four years. The course includes challenging topics in civil and structural engineering design and analysis, and Fenella regularly achieved exceptional grades. In her fourth year she obtained 81, 89 and 92% respectively for 'Introduction to the Mechanics of Turbulent Flow', 'Computational Structural Analysis' and 'Structural Dynamics and Applications to Earthquake Engineering and Vibration'.

She completed a research-based dissertation (75%) on the 'Applicability of Green Roofs in different Climates across the USA using SWMM'. In this she taught herself to use a commercial drainage design package (SWMM) and GIS tools to generate original insights into green roof design and performance. This - potentially publishable - work was communicated in an impressively-presented report, with high-impact maps and graphics used to excellent effect. Fenella spent her third year abroad in Aachen, Germany, where she again achieved an overall grade >80%."

University of Sheffield ICE Yorkshire and Humber Student Prize

This prize is additionally presented by the ICE Yorkshire and Humber region. The winner receives a cash prize and a certificate.

2017 winners

Rhona Kerr and Rohit Singh

Learning and Teaching Manager Miss Catherine Humphreys said: "The Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at The University of Sheffield would like to nominate Ms Kerr and Mr Singh for a share in The Institution of Civil Engineers Yorkshire and Humber Student Prize."

"Rhona has consistently demonstrated her ability to perform throughout all aspects of her Civil and Structural Engineering degree. Her performance in her third year design modules has been exemplary. During the third year design project, Rhona regularly developed innovative solutions to the various problems her group encountered, often by quickly developing new technical skills. Her approach of focusing on the interfaces between different aspects of the project, especially between foundations and structural elements, ensured her group's design was completed to a very high standard. Her ability to confidently design foundations, timber and steel truss structures further demonstrated her worthiness of her award nomination."

"Rohit has achieved an outstanding set of module marks during his third year of studies towards a civil engineering degree. His performance in all aspects of the degree, both analytical and design, has shown him at or near the top of the cohort. During the third year design project, Rohit led the design of a unique large-span gridshell structure. This required an independent investigation and application of gridshell design, through conceptual to numerical design phases whilst also designing the foundations and construction sequence for the structure. He also maintained a strong teamwork ethic throughout this design, where he willingly helped other group members with their work and making himself a positive and integral part of the group. For all these reasons, Rohit has been nominated for the ICE regional prize."

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