ICE West Midlands Awards 2018 winners

Yvonne Aust, ICE West Midlands Chairman 2017-18 and special guest Brittany Harris, ICE Superhero Water Woman presented the awards at a dinner attended by over 270 guests, presided over by Malcolm Corlett, Head of Civil Engineering at BAM Nuttall and ICE West Midlands Senior Vice Chair.

Dr Nicole Metje from the University of Birmingham (centre) collects the ICE West Midlands Studies and Research Award from Brittany Harris (l), ‘Water Woman’ one of ICE’s  Superheroes and ICE West Midlands Chair, Yvonne Aust (r)
Dr Nicole Metje from the University of Birmingham (centre) collects the ICE West Midlands Studies and Research Award from Brittany Harris (l), ‘Water Woman’ one of ICE’s Superheroes and ICE West Midlands Chair, Yvonne Aust (r)
There were 29 project submissions from across the region for the awards which were judged by a panel of chartered civil engineers chaired by former ICE West Midlands Chair Mark Downes.

There were 11 category winners and 6 highly commended projects with one overall winner announced on the evening.  Two awards were made this year for ICE’s 200th anniversary celebration.

Talented young engineers and students were also celebrated at the event with the Young Achiever Award, Emerging Engineer Award and Technicians’ Award.

Chair Yvonne Aust said: “All of these projects showcase the diverse and innovative talent within our industry. This is an exciting time for industry growth and it is important for us to celebrate the achievements of our civil engineers, not just from the present but also from the past in our 200th anniversary year. Hopefully we will inspire the next generation to think about following an exciting and rewarding career in civil engineering.”

Education Award

sponsored by Arup

Studies and Research Award and Overall winner

FINDIT : Finding Infrastructure with Non-Destructive Testing
Client: University of Birmingham and partners GSK, Geomatrix Earth Science and BT.

The winning project combined years of collective experience and new research into a revolutionary sub-surface mapping system, locating buried services more accurately and indicating their condition. Trialled with BT, the outcomes can be applied to other services.

The judges thought the winning project was ‘really exciting’ and a ‘well-presented study’ ‘with its potential impact on the industry and civil engineering industry looking forwards and for what it can do.’

Communication Award

Hagley, Newfield Road Flood Alleviation Scheme
Client: Severn Trent Water and partners NMC Nomenca.

The judges said in their deliberations, ‘that in the winning project submission there was clear evidence of changing the scheme to meet local concerns.’

Education and Inspiration Award

sponsored by Arup

Sector Based Work Academies – Midland Metro Alliance

The winning project ‘impressed the judges by delivering a very good programme to engage local community in something within the community.’

Highly commended: Educating the Educators
Client: Amey and partners Atkins, Interserve, WSP and Joseph Leckie Academy.
Noted by the judges for leaving ‘a sustainable knowledge base in the teaching community'.

Innovation Award

Linnet Rise Flood Alleviation
Client: Severn Trent Water and partners NMC Nomenca and Polypipe.

The judges particularly noted 'the use of a gabion wall to minimise disruption during the development of the scheme'.

Sustainability Award

Rugeley Flood Risk Management Scheme

Client: Environment Agency and partners Turner & Townsend, Aecom and Team Van Oord.

Judges said: 'not only did the project score highly in all areas of the submission but of particular note was that partners had gone beyond their original remit and restored a heritage trail bridge as well.’

Team Achievement Award

Eastham Bridge Replacement
Client: Worcestershire County Council and partners Burroughs, Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd and Jacobs.

The judges have made the award ‘in view of teamwork leading to such a rapid solution to a catastrophic incident and so minimising the hardship that the community was suffering.’

Medium Project Award

Branston Locks Phase 1
Client: Staffordshire County Council and partners, Amey Consulting, Amey Highways and Nurton Developments Ltd.

The judges said  they liked 'the use of BIM and the need for reduced maintenance. The machine control systems used are best practise, making the link between BIM, GPS and machines'.

Highly commended: Hereford City Link Road
Client Herefordshire County Council and partner Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd.
‘for a high level of local employment, big cost savings and reduced project time.’

Highly commended: Mousesweet Brook Culvert replacement
Client Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council and partners Mott MacDonald and Forkers.

The judges noted the ‘significant benefit to the local community.’

Large Project Award

Bilston Road Track Renewal
Client: Midland Metro Alliance.

The judges said: ‘In the wider context the project gives a lot credit; it leverages a lot of other benefits.  It has tried to give as much back as possible to the local community.  The training scheme and involvement of the local supply chain was important.’

Engineering Achievement Project Award

The International Convention Centre and Symphony Hall
Client: The ICC and Symphony Hall and partners Arup, Renton Thomas Wood, Percy Thomas Partnership, Silk and Frazier, Russell Johnson, Theatre Projects Ltd, David Bucknall, Turner / RM Douglas.

The judges said ‘that it has had a huge impact on Birmingham, giving access to arts for people of the city, raising the city’s international profile,while having really interesting engineering challenges to overcome in the location.  The project shows engineering collaboration and the full range of engineering disciplines.

The G8 conference at the ICC in 1998 brought the world to Birmingham and put the city on the world stage.’

Highly commended: Infilling of Limestone Mines 
Recognised ‘as a most necessary project, it had to happen for the region, this is putting right the errors from previous projects - 30/40hectares of housing.  Utilising waste products from power stations to fill in the gaps - valuable engineering is sometimes hidden.’

Shaping The Future Project Award

The Koutulai Project
Client: Engineers for Overseas Development and partners Koutulai Women’s Cooperative and Salt Peter Trust.

Highly commended: Birmingham Institute of Forestry Research CO2 Research Facility
Client: The University of Birmingham - College of Life and Environmental Sciences and partners: The University of Birmingham, Couch Consulting Engineers and Faithful & Gould.

ICE West Midlands Young Achiever Award

Mark Hipwell of Laing O’Rourke and Murphy Joint Venture
The Chair made the award for ‘the sheer amount of time and effort Mark has put towards encouraging other young people into STEM clearly demonstrates his passion for the future of engineering'.

Highly commended: Rosie Spicer of Amey Consulting, for thriving under the pressure of an unfamiliar role, encouraging her team and developing her own leadership skills.

Technician's Awards

Robert Chapman of Bridges Pound and was nominated by Coventry University;
Jamie Lee Francis of Kier and was nominated by Solihull College;
Alistair Bishop of Staffordshire County Council and was nominated by Wolverhampton University.

ICE Emerging Engineers Competition

Ahmed El Nagar from Coventry University with his paper ‘A numerical study to investigate how well the ground behaviour onsite can be predicted with the aid of finite element analysis!’

Volunteer Award

the late Bob Dunn CEng FICE

‘Bob actively supported graduates and trainees to achieve professional qualifications for more than 25 years. There are many professional civil engineers out there that owe a debt to Bob for his inspiration and encouragement that helped them achieve their aspirations.’