Nuclear station work wins Scotland's Emerging Engineer award

Ensuring the cooling water supply is as resilient as possible at the UK’s first nuclear generator in a generation has earned 26-year-old Dyllan Parkinson from Glasgow the coveted title of Scotland’s Emerging Engineer 2020.

Dyllan Parkinson has been named as Scotland
Dyllan Parkinson has been named as Scotland's Emerging Engineer 2020

Ensuring the UK’s first nuclear generator for a generation is as resilient as possible has earned 26-year-old Dyllan Parkinson from Glasgow the coveted title of Scotland’s Emerging Engineer 2020.

Judges for the award, organised by ICE Scotland, were impressed by Dyllan’s work at Hinkley Point in Somerset, which is expected to be operational by 2025.

Dyllan, who works for Jacobs Engineering Group and now goes forward to the prestigious UK final, said:

“Winning ICE Scotland’s Emerging Engineer award 2020 is a fantastic stepping-stone for my career. I feel immensely lucky to work in such a diverse and interesting industry where even as a young engineer I have been able to be a part of some of the world’s most important and challenging infrastructures.

“Delivering my presentation and winning this award are testament to the passion I have for civil engineering and I hope to inspire the same feelings in the next generation.

“My presentation 'Designing Resilience; introduces the seismic analysis and civil design of six offshore marine structures that form an integral part of the Hinkley Point C heat sink. It discusses the many measures of resilience that are built into the design of a class 1 nuclear structure and how this was successfully built through extensive collaboration between designer, client and contractor.”

The award is designed to promote and reward outstanding communication of civil engineering ideas and research from ICE student, graduate and trainee technician members.

ICE Scotland Director Hannah Smith said:

“There’s a greater need than ever before for innovation, passion and critical thinking to tackle society’s biggest problems, and so it was reassuring that this year we had a record number of entrants for this award, all of whom had these traits in abundance.

“It was incredibly difficult to choose a winner, but we just felt Dyllan’s work and his obvious enthusiasm for it, made him the exceptional choice.”

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