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Emerging Engineers Award 2024: regional winners announced

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02 April 2024

The award encourages and rewards the communication of civil engineering ideas, research and best practice in projects and design.

Emerging Engineers Award 2024: regional winners announced
The Hong Kong regional final took place on 27 January 2024.

The winner of the Hong Kong regional heat of the 2024 ICE Emerging Engineers Award has been announced.

The Emerging Engineers Award is for ICE members in the early career cohort: students, graduates and apprentices.

The competition encourages and rewards the communication of civil engineering ideas, research and best practice in projects and design.

Candidates from across the world are invited to submit synopsis papers to compete in regional heats, with the final selection of three papers for the overall Emerging Engineer Award final in October each year.

2024 regional finalists

Michelle Chiew

Michelle Chiew

Michelle Chiew, a recent graduate from the University of Hong Kong, captured the regional final with her research on 'Effects of increased use of electric vehicles on future design traffic action on bridges'.

Chiew pointed out that the use of electric vehicles (EVs) was on the rise in Hong Kong, but prevailing local guidelines were developed when internal combustion vehicles were dominant.

Chiew compared the gross weight of internal combustion vehicles and their EV counterparts, and investigated the additional loading on vehicular bridges from an increased share of EVs in daily traffic.

She foresaw that EVs will account for half of the traffic by 2050, and recommended a 10-20% increase in loading parameters to cater for the heavier weight of EVs.

Since the research was based on static loading, she expected future research to cover free flowing traffic scenarios.

Runners-up:

  • Oakley Yuen, for a presentation on 'Investigation of influencing factors on the engineering properties of microbially induced calcite precipitation (MICP) treated soils'
  • Sam Li, for a presentation on 'Digital twin based structural health monitoring of buildings'
  • Walter Mak, for a presentation on 'A superwetting catalytic membrane to purify wastewater'

The Republic of Ireland regional final will be held on Friday 17 May 2024.

The London regional final will be held on Thursday 23 May 2024.

This Middle East and North Africa regional final is on Thursday 6 June 2024.

The North East and Yorkshire and Humber regional final is on Thursday 13 June 2024.

Michelle Chiew

Ben Millar

Ben Millar, a PhD student at Queen's University Belfast, impressed the judges with the presentation of his paper on ‘ArchIMEDES: the development of computer vision-based methods for predicting scour at bridges’.

ArchIMEDES: Arch Image Measurement for the Evaluation of Deformation by Erosion due to Scour is a computer vision tool. It was developed to remotely record load-induced displacements across a masonry arch bridge as well as hinge information, which is unique to ArchIMEDES.

It's built specifically for the FlexiArch but has applications outside of this system. Scour is the most common cause of bridge collapse. It particularly endangers masonry arches due to the nature of their construction.

The paper concluded that the ArchIMEDES suite of tools has proved to be robust and reliable at detecting and predicting scour.

It can act as an early warning system and allow engineers to be proactive rather than reactive.

Runners-up:

  • James Brown, for a presentation on 'The need to prioritise non-dig solutions'
  • Jamie Sterritt, for a presentation on 'Storm water separation – identifying and acting on opportunities to improve NI Water’s network capacity'

The Scotland regional final is on Thursday 6 June 2024.

The South West regional final is on Thursday 6 June 2024.

The United Arab Emirates regional final is on Tuesday 4 June 2024.

The Wales Cymru regional final is on Friday 14 June 2024.

The West Midlands regional final is on Friday 31 May 2024.

Learn more about the Emerging Engineers Award.

  • Neeta Cubitt, communications lead at ICE Northern Ireland