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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.

Recognising individual achievement

ICE Northern Ireland runs awards and competitions which celebrate achievements and develop the skills of civil engineers in the region. Find out more about them in the sections below and how you can get involved.

Find out more about the awards and how you can enter.

Graduate engineer nets Pitch 200 title with fishy video

Verena Fernandes representing South East England netted the most votes to win this year’s ICE Pitch 200 after explaining the consequences of dams on salmon migration and possible solutions in just 200 seconds!

More than 3,400 people voted as part of the unique competition that challenges ICE members to use their creativity and communication skills to explain a civil engineering concept or project in an accessible and entertaining self-filmed video.

Vivek Jhaveri representing the Middle East region came second with a pitch video on the use of 3D printed concrete in construction, while third place went to Scotland’s Lauryn Steel for a video on bridge types.

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

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 May 2022, and then be put forward for the UK competition, the overall winner of which will be presented with their award in summer 2022.

Nominations are now open for entry.

Please download and complete the nomination form.

Please send your completed nomination form to [email protected]

STEM Ambassador of the Year 2020

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

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

Ferguson Medal 2020 winner Duncan McAllister
The Ferguson Medal was awarded to Duncan McAllister (Translink) and Chris Caves (Arup) for Belfast Transport Hub.

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.

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

Sustainability Award 2020

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.

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

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.

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Adrian Long Medal winner2020

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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