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Emerging Engineers Award 2022: regional winners announced

Date
21 April 2022

Introducing the ICE UK region winners who have been recognised for their civil engineering ideas, research and best practice in projects and design.  

Emerging Engineers Award 2022: regional winners announced
The ICE Northern Ireland winner, Shay Durnin (left) was presented his award by the chair of the region, Chris Caves (right).

The Emerging Engineers competition is aimed at student, graduate and trainee technician members.

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 regional heats, with the final selection of three papers for the overall Emerging Engineer Award final in October each year.

2022 regional finalists

Can civil engineers enhance children’s safety, reduce child mortality and improve the health of communities with safer routes to school?

Shay Durnin

Shay Durnin

Shay Durnin, from AECOM, impressed judges with the presentation of his paper ‘Can civil engineers enhance children’s safety, reduce child mortality and improve the health of communities with safer routes to school?’, at the regional heat held on 14 March 2022.

Shay’s paper detailed a proposed solution to address the health and safety issues for children traveling to school.

His paper focused on integrated street design that reduces traffic volumes and speed, discourages set down at the school gate, and provides an alternative, attractive and active means of travel to school.

During his secondment to the NTA Cycle Design Office (CDO), Shay developed the Safe Routes To Schools Design Guidance (SRTSDG) which was subsequently published by the NTA in September 2021.

The guidance included detail on the risks and opportunities posed within school zones and included detail on road geometry, visibility, crossing arrangements, landscaping, construction detail and cost estimates for construction.

Watch Shay's presentation

Runner-up

Mark Coughlin (Design ID) and Patrick Montgomery (Arup) also presented excellent papers, making the final decision for the judges a difficult one.

Mark Coughlin presented on ‘Using computer vision techniques to measure dynamic bridge displacement’, while Patrick Montgomery’s presentation looked at the ‘Use of parametric design to reduce design time and increase quality on civil engineering projects’.

Viability of scaffold in the structural design of Covid-19 testing tents

Shay Durnin

Hepzi Rattray

Hepzi Rattray, final-year civil engineering with architecture student at Glasgow University, was praised by judges for her well-structured paper on the ‘viability of scaffold in the structural design of Covid-19 testing tents’.

The paper focused on facilities in developing countries and was commended for its clearly thought-out and researched conclusions.

Hepzi said she was proud to have received the award, particularly as it was on a subject close to her heart.

“Scaffold is inexpensive, durable and available globally which means cheap, secure testing facilities could be available anywhere in the world,” she said.

“I aspire to an engineering career in which I will be working towards a sustainable future and designing for the global community and this report was one small step in that direction.”

Runner-up

Runner-up for the award was Ethan Jones, a graduate geotechnical engineer in cementation with Skanska. His paper was on ‘What can history teach engineers in their fight against climate change?’

Ethan said it was the proudest moment of his career.

“Sustainability is an issue close to my heart. This whole experience will help me remain focused and dedicated to making engineering and construction part of the solution.”

Find out further information including entry dates and local contact details for those still to take place.

Learn more

Check back here regularly to get up-to-date information on the competition.

  • Neeta Cubitt, communications executive at ICE Northern Ireland