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Costain engineer wins ICE North West's first sustainability poster competition

06 October 2021

Winning poster outlines why it’s crucial to understand the expected carbon emissions of proposed schemes, with a futuristic look at project Oceanix as runner-up.

Costain engineer wins ICE North West's first sustainability poster competition

An engineer from Costain has won the ICE North West's Graduate and Student committee's first sustainability poster competition.

>As cutting carbon becomes increasingly embedded in civil engineering roles, the committee seized an opportunity to run a competition that would facilitate knowledge-sharing on the subject.

The final saw posters, and supporting presentations, covering a range of topics and demonstrating a variety of ways for civil engineers to help tackle the climate emergency.

The winning poster, from Jenna-May Hill (Costain), detailed the importance of understanding up-front what the expected embodied carbon within a proposed scheme is likely to be. Decisions can then be taken early to improve sustainability measures and, in many cases, achieve cost savings at the same time.

Maria Eftimova, ICE North West Graduate and Student chair, said: “There are so many positive examples in use within the industry to help us in making more sustainable engineering choices. The poster competition format is a great way to share ideas and get discussions going. It gives early-career engineers valuable experience, through presenting their posters and in doing so, building their skill-set.”

Competition finalists

Runner-up Will Otteslev (University of Liverpool) impressed judges with his slick poster about Oceanix, a modular maritime metropolis concept. This proposal pushed the boundaries with new thinking in terms of how we might consider dealing with coastal cities at risk of rising sea levels, coastal erosion and flooding.

Two other finalists also presented their work - Jack Gornall (Costain), with a poster encouraging discussion to bring about change, and Alex Thomas, (University of Salford), who explored solutions to excessive energy waste in data centres.

Emma Antrobus, Director, ICE North West said: “Our graduate and student members are the engineers who will be dealing with the reality of the climate changes that we’re already witnessing. It is their passion, ingenuity and creativity that we will be relying on to help us get our future carbon consumption under control.”

The event judges were:

  • Jonathan Haynes, director of civil engineering at University of Salford.
  • Stephen O’Malley ICE North West Vice chair, Civic Engineers.
  • Gemma Small, lead sustainability engineer at Costain.
  • Lynn Caddy, communications lead at Institution of Civil Engineers