Scottish winners of the Communications Competition and Emerging Engineers Awards

The Scottish finals of the Communications Competition and the Emerging Engineers’ Awards have been completed and the winners will now go forward to the semi-final and final respectively of each competition.

(left) The winning CruMB Solutions team with ICE Scotland Chair, Frances Ratcliffe, and (right) EEA Scotland winner Kate Ivanova is congratulated by Frances Ratcliffe.
(left) The winning CruMB Solutions team with ICE Scotland Chair, Frances Ratcliffe, and (right) EEA Scotland winner Kate Ivanova is congratulated by Frances Ratcliffe.

Communications Competition 2017

This was won at the final in Glasgow by a team calling themselves CRuMB Solutions.

All employees of Mott MacDonald in Glasgow – graduates Matthew Braid; PJ Rankin; Morton Cullen; and Andrew MacDonald – delivered a presentation, the relevant strategy paper, and a small brochure, based around a flood prevention and river management scheme.

The team had to present and then face questioning by both the audience and judging panel as though they were in a public consultation meeting.

They competed against two other teams from Mott MacDonald – Dark Knight Crosses from Glasgow and Is It Getting "Mott" In Here? From Aberdeen – who presented on the proposed bridging of a level crossing and a flood prevention and river management scheme respectively.

The judges commented on the high standard of the entries and complimented the winners on the fact they made particular efforts to anticipate the issues and questions, and to think beyond the engineering boundaries of the project.

CRuMB Solutions will now represent Scotland in a semi-final against Northern Ireland and North-East England in Edinburgh in late July. The winner of that will go forward to the National Final in September.

Emerging Engineers' Award 2017

This was won by Kate Ivanova of Atkins in Aberdeen and representing AACE, having won the Aberdeen heat.

This competition gives young ICE student, graduate and trainee technician members the chance to show off their skills by presenting their research and innovative work.

Kate presented her paper on Structural Integrity of Ageing North Sea platforms, and specifically, the challenges associated with maintenance safety critical components such walkways and escape routes.

In an all-woman Scottish final, the runners-up were Emily Alfred of Transport Scotland, representing Glasgow and West of Scotland Branch, who presented on her experience of working as a Graduate on the iconic Queensferry Crossing; and Katherine Montgomery from Heriot-Watt University, representing Edinburgh Area Branch, presenting on Analysis of the Civil Engineering Considerations and Effectiveness of Ultraviolet Water Purification.

Kate Ivanova's paper will now go forward for consideration for the Global Final scheduled to be held in September/October.

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