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Emerging Engineer Award finalists from the three Branches of the South East will present their civil engineering-related papers. Attendees can look forward to fascinating presentations and Q&A with the finalists and gain valuable learning from the Judging Panel's insights. The Regional winner will be shortlisted for the national Emerging Engineers Award final where the prestigious Institution Medal and further prizes can be won.
Innovative bridge assessment secures win for Annamaria Valcheva in South Branch competition
Annamaria Valcheva, assistant engineer at WSP, won with her paper titled Parametric tool for bridge geometry creation.
Talking about her research and tool, Annamaria said: “I’m an assistant engineer at WSP in a team where we assess the structural capacity of existing bridges. Having explored different 3D geometry software in university, I was surprised to see that they aren’t widely used in the bridge assessment industry.
“The workflow I’m working on is using visual code to close the gap between looking at a 2D drawing on paper or screen and having a quick 3D model of the bridge deck. It could be used as a visual aid in bridge assessments, defects data consolidation, and a guide for site inspections safety briefings.
“I started using visual code in Dynamo in order to take part in a Christmas challenge set by a parametric modeling interest group in WSP. The Emerging Engineers competition was the reason I needed to explore it further. You can do very creative things with visual code and I encourage anyone that loved solid geometry in school to have a go!”
Unique approach to housing secures win for Josef Wisniewski in the Thames Valley competition
After a long deliberation, the judges announced Josef Wisniewski, graduate engineer at AECOM as the winner. Josef presented his paper on Investigating the characteristic strengths of sand-filled bottle panels to be used for sustainable homes in Abuja, Nigeria.
"The Emerging Engineers Award is a really excellent opportunity for young engineers to show case the work they have done throughout university and in industry to fellow ICE members, colleagues and friends.
"It’s a great way to develop your technical writing skills, improve your presentation ability and network with engineers in the industry. My paper was based on my research trip to Nigeria, where I investigated sustainable housing and assisted in the construction of a plastic bottle house.
"I personally really enjoyed presenting my paper to the judges and audience and answering some of the technical questions. I would highly recommend this competition to anyone thinking of applying. I am really looking forward to the regional South East final!" said Josef Wisniewski.
Captain Jordan Gask wins Kent & East Sussex competition with paper on risk analysis technology
In a close competition, Royal Engineer Captain Jordan Gask won the Kent and East Sussex branch Emerging Engineers competition presenting his paper The use of Monte Carlo Simulation to estimate the probability of encountering and detecting unexploded bombs during construction activities.
“In my opinion, the primary role of an engineer is to manage engineering risk, and Monte Carlo Simulation (MCS) is an extremely powerful tool that can help us assess risk more consistently and more precisely. I used Unexploded Bombs (UXBs) to demonstrate an area that I think would benefit from MCS, but in reality, its application is limitless,” said Jordan Gask.
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