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ICE Awards

Our Annual Awards recognise both outstanding civil engineering achievements and contribution to the profession and ICE.

Do you know of a person or project deserving of recognition among the wider civil engineering community? Here is how to apply for any of the ICE Awards.

Gold Medal - Engineering excellence

The Gold Medal is an award for civil engineering excellence and aligns with ICE’s commitment to enhance the technical knowledge, insight and ethical understanding of engineers wherever they work across the world.

This year the award will seek to recognise an individual whose sustained ethical, knowledgeable and insightful contribution to civil engineering is of sufficient magnitude and stature to merit an Institution premier award.

The awards committee will be particularly keen to recognise an individual who has demonstrably worked to share lessons learned for the good and advancement of the profession.

International Medal - Outstanding contribution to decarbonising civil engineering

This award aligns with ICE’s decarbonisation commitment and is awarded to a civil engineer who’s made an outstanding contribution to civil engineering who had prime responsibility for an outstanding contribution to civil engineering outside the UK.

This year the award will specifically seek to recognise a civil engineer who has had prime responsibility for an outstanding project or initiative that has contributed to decarbonising civil engineering outside the UK.

Bev Waugh Award - Productivity & Culture

Newly introduced in 2021, the Bev Waugh Award aligns with ICE’s commitment to transform the productivity of our industry by acknowledging a leader/individual who has had a positive impact on joint team working.

The award will specifically seek to recognise a leader or individual who quietly broadens the perspective of the team, leads with kindness, values the views of others and constructively questions the status quo to create a people-centred, ‘best for project’ culture.

Garth Watson Medal - Institutional award for valued service

Awarded to an ICE member of staff for long, dedicated, and valuable service to the Institution.

President's Medal

The President's medal is awarded annually to a person, whether or not a member, who has performed any service to the Institution, to civil engineers or to the profession of civil engineering, that has not otherwise been recognised.

The President decides who receives the medal and regard is shown to service that reflects the priorities and objectives that the President has identified for his/her year in office.

Tom Barton Award

Introduced in collaboration with the Get It Right Initiative (GIRI), the Tom Barton Award celebrates engineering and construction professionals who have demonstrated excellence in implementing initiatives to improve quality, productivity, safety and sustainability by eradicating mistakes.

Nominations are particularly welcomed for young professionals who have demonstrably enhanced project efficiency.

Warren Medal

Awarded to an ICE member in recognition of valuable service rendered to his or her region.

Applying

Nominations for the ICE Awards 2024 closed on 13 February 2024.

Award nominations submitted after this date will be kept on file for the ICE Annual Awards in 2025.

Edmund Hambly Medal – Creative design for sustainable development

The Edmund Hambly Medal aligns with ICE’s commitment to address how we build resilience and mitigate the significant effects of the climate change.

It is an award for the creative design of an engineering project that makes a substantial contribution to sustainable development. The award emphasises the important contribution that civil engineering makes to the wellbeing of mankind and the environment.

This year the award will seek to recognise the creative design of an engineering project that contributed to mitigating and adapting to the significant effects of the climate change.

Brunel Medal – Recognition of low-carbon solutions in the built environment

The Brunel Medal aligns with ICE’s commitment to place decarbonisation of our industry at the heart of our agenda and is awarded to recognise excellence in civil engineering.

All teams, persons or organisations operating within the built environment will be eligible.

It’s open to:

  • ICE members of all grades
  • Local authorities
  • Contractors
  • Firms of consulting engineers
  • Educationalists
  • Any person or organisation connected with the civil engineering profession - particular consideration is given to teams which include chartered/ incorporated engineers and engineering technicians

This year the award will specifically seek to recognise excellence in the decarbonisation of civil engineering and the infrastructure sector. Teams, persons or organisations delivering a low carbon solution within the built environment should enter.

Applying

Nominations for the ICE Awards 2024 closed on 13 February 2024.

Award nominations submitted after this date will be kept on file for the ICE Annual Awards in 2025.

This award recognises work which has benefited society by improving the sustainability of water.The work might relate to an engineering project, a programme of works, a policy or a piece of research.

It’s open to individuals or organisations, including water companies, consultants, contractors, research bodies, regulators, governments and community groups.

Projects and initiatives from around the world can be entered, although they must be completed by Tuesday 13 February 2024. We recognise that it may sometimes be difficult to demonstrate completion of a project (for instance, if it is a policy or publication), but it is essential that the submission demonstrates the project’s benefit. You don’t have to be an ICE member to enter.

You can enter as an individual or as part of a project, by completing an application. You can also nominate for the award, providing you have approval from the individual or a representative of the project or initiative. They should also be aware that the information might be used in articles and case studies on our website.

Applying

Nominations for the Chris Binnie award 2024 closed on 13 February 2024.

Award nominations submitted after this date will be kept on file for the ICE Annual Awards in 2025.

All nominations have to be endorsed by an ICE member, with the exception of the Chris Binnie Award.

Nominations for the 2024 awards closed on 13 February 2024.

Award nominations submitted after this date will be kept on file for the ICE Annual Awards in 2025.

Reasons for nominating

Nominations should make the best case possible for the nominee(s). They should provide enough detail to give the Awards Committee a full picture of the nominee(s) and their achievements. The committee will decide the winner based on the quality of the citation, so make sure that only relevant information is provided, and that the amount of detail included does not obscure the argument.

Length of the citation

Citations should be no more than 500 words. Additional relevant information should be in the form of appendices and should not be more than four pages.

Biographical and background details (where appropriate)

Brief details of work history and qualifications, and any other relevant biographical details, may help the Awards Committee to get a rounded picture of the nominee(s). In the case of teams of nominees, details of the extent and length of their collaboration may be useful.

Conditions of eligibility

If there are conditions on who can win the award – for example, if it’s only open to a particular grade of member(s) – the citation must say if and how this has been fulfilled.

Relevant achievements (where appropriate)

If the award is for record of service or achievements, give specific details of how the nominee was involved in particular projects or pieces of work. You should also relate this to the main citation, with enough examples to give a full and accurate picture of what the nominee has done to deserve the award. Pay particular attention to items which are most important or which have greatest bearing on the terms of the award.

Particular projects: partial involvement of the nominee(s)

Where a nominee or team of nominees have not been wholly responsible for the project the citation is based on, you should make their responsibility and involvement as clear as possible.

Project outcomes

If nominations have been supported by predicted outcomes to completed projects, the citation should show the extent to which the outcomes have been met.

Illustrative material

Plans, photographs, maps, publicity material etc. are especially useful if you’ve nominated a project.

2023 award winners

Luiza C. Campos with ICE President Keith Howells

Gold Medal

Luiza C. Campos

Luiza is a civil engineer specialising in water and sanitation with more than 30 years’ working experience in industry and academia.

She specialises in the development and evaluation of cost-effective water/sanitation technologies to reduce environmental pollution and improve public health and wellbeing in support of SDG 6.

Her initiatives provide recommendations to guide the design of water treatment processes to minimise concentrations of micro-contaminants in potable water supplies and in hospitals. Her findings enabled civil engineers to design and equip buildings with specified filtration systems and protect public health.

Barbara Rossi with ICE President Keith Howells

Bev Waugh Award

Barbara Rossi

Barbara leads the Sustainable Metal Structures Research Group at the University of Oxford.

Her research focuses on the role of key materials such as metals in structures to improve the construction sector’s sustainability. Over the past decade, she has tirelessly advocated in her community towards Equality, Diversity and Inclusion alongside Sustainability.

Barbara’s most prominent educational work led to the development of two courses on the Sustainable Design of Stainless Steel Structures. Barbara led on the sustainability aspects of the Gradel Quadrangles, leading the team of this £60M project into saving more than 55% of the embodied carbon and achieving the prestigious accolade of ICE Carbon Champion.

David Thomas with ICE President Keith Howells

Garth Watson Medal

David Thomas

David was a director and company secretary of the Temporary Works forum (TWf – a Specialist Knowledge Society of the ICE).

He has been the glue that’s held this forum together since 2014 and contributes a lot of his free time to working groups across 15 organisations and has contributed to over 30 publications.

He is a chartered civil engineer and safety & health practitioner who has shown a sustained ethical, knowledgeable, and insightful contribution to civil engineering throughout a long career. He has spent his career making the industry safer by raising the profile of temporary works, championing health and safety improvements and has contributed to a vast array of technical guidance and standards.

Perry Shard with ICE President Keith Howells

Tom Barton Award

Perry Shard

Perry led and managed a project at John Sisk & Son developing a new process and dashboard to drive visibility of error via Non-Conformance Reporting.

His experience of reporting dashboards, the Get it Right Initiative and behavioural quality led to key changes. This dashboard is ranked third by usage out of over 100 across the business and the project has become the benchmark for the business in creating new dashboards.

Hollym Myers Lane Wastewater Treatment Works project team

Edmund Hambly Medal

Hollym Myers Lane Wastewater Treatment Works

Due to coastal erosion accelerated by climate change, The Hollym Myers Lane Wastewater Treatment Works was constructed to replace Yorkshire Water Services’ previous sewage treatment works.

The replacement facility consists of a low energy, carbon efficient aerated facultative lagoon treatment works.

The treatment works operate at extraordinarily low costs with minimal environmental impact, providing an extremely low carbon footprint, dramatic energy savings, no-sludge production or handling, plus energy-free disinfection. Constructed largely from site-won material, the plant sits unobtrusively within the landscape.

O.PARK2 project team

Brunel Medal

O.PARK2

O.PARK2 adopts anaerobic digestion technology to convert food waste into biogas for electricity generation and fertilizer as a by-product.

Besides providing electricity and heat for its own facilities, the surplus biogas produced can be converted to about 24 million kWh of electricity annually, sufficient for use by some 5,000 households.
With the decrease in use of fossil fuel for electricity generation together with the reduced amount of organic waste for landfilling, the operation of O.PARK2 is estimated to reduce 67,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

Flood Management Decision Support System for Bangkok Metropolitan Administration project team

Chris Binnie Award

Flood Management Decision Support System for Bangkok Metropolitan Administration

The Flood Management Decision Support System (DSS) for Bangkok was developed by Mott MacDonald and deployed in 2022.

The system accurately predicts where, when and how much rainfall and stormwater flooding will occur in real-time. It improves the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s flood resilience, including capacity to prevent, mitigate and respond to stormwater flooding.

It tackles the direct impacts of climate change with occurrence and severity of extreme rainfall projected to increase and enables 150,000 citizens to be alerted before flooding occurs. The project is scalable with it being a true digital twin.

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