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MERIT competition 2022 postponed due to Covid-19

26 January 2022

The annual ICE-supported tournament, a team training experience which challenges participants to run a simulated construction company, will resume in the summer.

MERIT competition 2022 postponed due to Covid-19
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MERIT 2022 has been postponed until later this year due to Covid-19 concerns.

Registration for the competition will re-open in July and remain open until October, when the game starts.

The MERIT organisers will be in touch with those who have already registered for the competition, outlining the options available to them.

What is MERIT?

The MERIT (Management, Enterprise, Risk, Innovation and Teamwork) competition is a web-based computer simulation that allows young engineering professionals operating in groups of four, acting as a board of directors and managers, to run their own construction company.

Taking part is great preparation for future roles in industry, with opportunities for participants to learn about company, business, and financial management.

The game gives participants the opportunity to learn more about themselves and about the industry they're working in. From people skills to the practicalities of managing a business, the competition encourages young engineers to challenge their thinking and their approach, providing an opportunity to experience higher-level decision making in senior management roles.

The competition also encourages young engineers to explore alternative ways in which to approach challenges and tasks they may face.

What does the competition involve?

MERIT 2022 has been set up to model a construction industry operating in an economy emerging from a recession, with up-to-date bank interest rates and charges, and current corporation tax.

Learning to survive as a construction business in tough market conditions with fierce competition is the knowledge especially needed by our industry executives right now.

After completing eight rounds simulating two years of trading, the top six teams will be invited to experience a further two years of simulated business trading in the MERIT 2022 final. The winning team receives an engraved silver plate and a cash prize.

How do I take part?

Registration for MERIT 2022 will be available online in July.

Those wishing to participate must complete the Team Details form, which will be entered into the MERIT system. The team will then receive an email detailing their login and password for the MERIT website. By logging into the website, downloading and installing the Team Module software, they can get trialling!

Key dates

July 2022 Registration opens: Teams of four can register their interest.
05 Sept 2022 Trialling begins: This will allow the registered teams to run trials and gain feedback that will help them understand the issues they're dealing with.
12 Oct - 30 Nov Game time: This will be one round per week, with results presented the next day. In this phase, each team is competing against the simulation.
05 - 16 Dec Final: This year’s will be an online final, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The final will comprise a further six rounds. It will be more competitive than the earlier rounds, with each of the finalists competing against the simulation and the other teams in the final

2021 competition

The 2021 final was once again held online. Coming into the final in a leading position, ‘Business Gurus’ from Atkins India maintained their first place to the end.

Sitting in second place but not challenging 'Business Gurus' was 'Four Strings' also Atkins India. 'AEC Ltd' from Andun Engineering Consultants Ltd battled throughout the final with 'Standing Ove-tion' of Arup to take third place.

MERIT 2021 was the 31st edition of the annual game, supported by the Institution of Civil Engineer’s management board, as well as by the Chartered Institute of Building and the Construction Industry Training Board.

  • Neeta Cubitt, communications executive at ICE Northern Ireland