East of England - awards

Wadlow Wind Farm, Cambridgeshire

ICE East of England runs a number of competitions and awards throughout the year for projects and individual members.

Celebrating outstanding civil engineering achievements

Last years winner of the Merit Award

East of England Merit Awards

ICE East of England presents its Merit Awards every year to celebrate civil engineering in the region. The awards help give projects the recognition and prestige they deserve.

Find out more about our Merit Awards

Recognising individual achievement

ICE East of England gives a number of awards to recognise the individual expertise and excellence of ICE members in the region.

Find out more about the awards.

Best Technician Student award

Best Technician Student award

The Best Technician Student Award celebrates exceptional young civil engineers in the East of England, who are currently working towards an accredited HND/HNC or Foundation Degree in civil engineering.

The award is given for engineering talent, high standard of coursework and strong exam performance.

Course leaders or appropriate members of staff can nominate students in August and September 2017. The winner will be informed in October.

Meet our previous winner

Karen Jenkinss, winner 2016
Karen Jenkinss, winner 2016

The winner of the 2016 Best Student Technician award was Karen Jenkins. Karen was nominated but Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) for her excellent coursework, performance under pressure and ability to apply her knowledge. Karen received £250, a certificate and shield at ARU on 14 November 2016.

Individual award for Merit

Individual Award for Merit

The ICE East of England Regional Board gives four awards to exceptional people who have shown extraordinary dedication and commitment to ICE at branch and regional level.

They are:

  • Award for Merit: For outstanding service to civil engineering in representing East of England at any level. Proposed by Regional Executive Board
  • Commendation for Distinguished Service: For outstanding service at regional level. Proposed by Regional Chair
  • Commendation for Good Service: In recognition of good service in a committee role at branch level. Proposed by Branch Chair
  • Commendation for Meritorious Conduct: For service of an exceptional nature - e.g. for conduct involving a high degree of courage, endurance, initiative, devotion to duty. Proposed by Regional Executive Board

Previous winner

Barbara Kemp: Much of the success of VolkerFitzpatrick's ICE scheme is due to her enthusiasm, professionalism and personal commitment.

Bob Southey: He has shown great commitment to services for young engineers and technicians.

Steve Balliston: The award recognises his outstanding service to civil engineering in the East of England, and further afield.

Brian Flynn: He has made a great contribution to the region by maintaining professional standards and furthering knowledge of water and maritime engineering.


Communications competition

Communications competition

Wednesday 26 April 2017, Holiday Inn Cambridge

The competition is open to teams of ICE graduate and student members, who have up to seven years' industry experience.

If you're working towards technician membership, you can also enter the competition, provided you have no more than ten years' industry experience.

The competition is an opportunity for young civil engineers and students to develop their communications skills in a role-play presentation at a mock public meeting. It also helps members working towards their professional qualification as it provides opportunities to add to their CPD and IPD. Teams also win cash prizes - £250 for the winning team and smaller prizes for our runners up.

It's important to apply early as entry is on a first-come-first-served basis and only five teams can complete.

Teams should have between three and five members and can be made up of students from more than one university or college.

Teams choose from a selection of engineering scenarios and then:

  • Prepare a short consultation strategy paper
  • Produce a public information leaflet
  • Give a 20-minute presentation to an audience (including the judges) and answer questions in 'mock' public consultation

Download an entry form and return it to iceeastofengland@ice.org.uk by 1 April 2017

Guidelines, scenarios and further details can be found on the Communications Competition page.

Most recent winner

Winning team for 2017 East of England Communications Competition
East of England's winning team for 2017

The winning team for 2017 were Bryan Carroll, Katherine Wade (captain), Mike Kovacs from Ramboll in Cambridge under the team name Urban Flux.

The team won the competition with their proposal for 'Grey Road Urban Regeneration' due to their engaging narrative, consistent team effort and their high quality visuals and promotional materials.

Meet a former winner

2016 winners, Yorkshire & Humber team with judges
2016 winners, Yorkshire & Humber team with judges

ICE Yorkshire & Humber team from Mott MacDonald won the 2016 Graduate and Student Communications Competition with their presentation on the Ballygrand City Arterial Route Upgrade. The chair of the judging panel, ICE Vice President, Zara Lamont, said: “It was a close call between the teams and the deciding factor came down to how well the teams answered the questions from the audience. ICE Yorkshire and Humber team did exceptionally well and answered all the questions in an empathic and professional way.”

Emerging engineers award

Emerging engineers award

This competition is held every year to promote and reward excellent communication of civil engineering issues and ideas.

The Award is an excellent chance to practice your writing and presentation skills – perfect preparation for a viva or Professional Review. It'll also raise your profile, help promote your university or employer, and give you the opportunity to have your paper published. Competitors can also win a cash prize of up to £250. Plus, should your paper be chosen for the National Competition, there's another cash prize and the prestigious Institution Medal for the overall winner.

The competition is open to all ICE graduate and student members with papers on any area of engineering design, research or practice. Papers have to be expertly presented and discussed, as well as innovative and well written. Graduate members can adapt papers from professional development or Professional Review reports. Student members can adapt a university project or thesis which should preferably be based on your own work.

The competition is open to all graduate and student members of ICE who live, work or study in the East of England (Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire including Peterborough, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk).

Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners, and the overall regional winner will be considered for a place in the national final.

Previous winning titles include:

  • Development of a Self-Sensing Engineered Cementitious Composite for Intelligent Infrastructure
  • A Collaborative Approach to Design and Build Delivery Using NEC3 ECC Contracts
  • Smart Buildings as Lego Bricks for a New Generation of Smart Cities

Entries for the 2018 competition will be invited late in 2017.

Previous winner

Ryan Traynor

Ryan Traynor, from AECOM in St Albans, is the ICE East of England Emerging engineers award winner for 2017.

Ryan's paper 'Development of a Self-Sensing Engineered Cementitious Composite for Intelligent Infrastructure' was declared the winner in a very close competition. The runner up was Michael Ridley's paper 'Optimal Scheduling of Inspections and Monitoring for Fatigue Assessment in Offshore Wind Turbines'.

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

Meet a former winner

Connah Jones, 2016 Emerging Engineers winner
Connah Jones, 2016 winner, is congratulated by ICE GSNet chair Thomas Podger

Connah Jones won last year's award with his paper,. It detailed his investigation of the strengthening of concrete T-beams in shear with embedded Glass Fibre-Reinforced Polymer bars.

Connah represented the ICE's West Midlands Region and is graduate structural engineer working for Arup in their Buildings Engineering Midlands division.

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