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ICE Awards 2020: Winners announced

05 October 2020

The ICE awards recognising the brightest and best in the field of civil engineering, have been announced. Find out the winners here.

ICE Awards 2020: Winners announced

The ICE Awards recognise both outstanding civil engineering achievements and contribution to the profession and the Institution. Winning an ICE Annual Award means that your dedication to ICE and your profession has been recognised by your peers at the top of their career.

This year's awards event, due to the current government restrictions relating to social distancing meant the ceremony was held virtually.

Find out all awards winners on our Awards microsite.

This year's winners were:

James Rennie Medal

The James Rennie Medal is for the best Chartered Professional Review candidate. All candidates are nominated by their reviewers, as they will have demonstrated outstanding qualities in all the required attributes. The nominated candidates are then shortlisted and interviewed. The winner will be the one who has not only shown an in-depth knowledge of civil engineering, but also demonstrated a passion and enthusiasm for the profession.

This year’s James Rennie Medal was won, by Tina Gunnarsson her review focused on in Madison tower project. In the final she focused on her work with Bridges to Prosperity, and how she helped to build a footbridge across.

Watch Tina’s video below.

Warren Medal

The Warren Medal, awarded to a member for their service to their region, went to Shirley Sivakumaran FICE, ICE Singapore.

Shirley has been a hugely positive asset to both AECOM and ICE, she has been solely responsible for cultivating interest and promoting ICE amongst young engineers and potential Fellows in Singapore for over 10 years.

“Shirley is a hidden hero of ICE Singapore as evidenced by the fact that she's guided and mentored more Professional Review candidates than anyone else, year after year and continues to do so.

Shirley is an admired, selfless and tireless advocate of ICE whereby she offers coaching and mentoring after working hours for those pursuing chartership/Fellowship.” – Theban Arumugan, ICE SEA Business Development Manager.

Watch Shirley’s video below

International Medal

The International Medal is awarded to a civil engineer in one of the following categories:
a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, or a civil engineer who is not a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, who had prime responsibility for an outstanding contribution to civil engineering outside the United Kingdom, or;

a civil engineer resident outside the United Kingdom and not a citizen of the United Kingdom, who had prime responsibility for an outstanding contribution to civil engineering inside the United Kingdom.

The committee awarded this medal to Dr Gue See Sew FICE, ICE Malaysia.

Dr Gue See Saw has a decorated career of achievement as a civil engineer and is now the Chief Executive Officer of G&P Professionals Sdn Bhd, a one-stop engineering specialist service centre and Managing Director of G&P Geotechnics Sdn Bhd, a geotechnical consulting firm. The G&P Group started off as a Geotechnical specialist consultancy with only five staff in September 1999 and has had a growth rate of more than 30% in terms of staff strength and turnover within its first ten years. Today, G&P has grown into a one-stop centre for all professional engineering services.

Edmund Hambly Medal

The Edmund Hambly Medal is an award for the creative design of an engineering project that makes a substantial contribution to sustainable development. This year the Edmund Hambly Medal was awarded to the Boston Barrier, UK.

The Environment Agency’s (EA) £100m Boston Barrier Project, will protect 14,300 homes and businesses from tidal flooding. Boston has experienced significant flooding events, with 800 properties flooded across 55 streets in 2013.

The Boston Barrier is innovative in its use of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) as a basis for monitoring and evaluating success. The UNSDGs have been incorporated into the National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy across the whole of England and the project is a flagship case study for the EA’s work on measuring their contribution to the UNSDGs.

Watch the Boston Barrier video below

The project team developed a methodology which uses the UNSDGs to monitor and evaluate project outcomes. At key stages the project is reviewed to determine progress against the goals and to refine the goals as necessary.

The Brunel Medal

The Brunel Medal is awarded to recognise excellence in civil engineering. All teams, persons or organisations operating within the built environment. The Brunel medal was awarded to the Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project Authority.

Watch Mangdechhu’s video below

The Project provided employment opportunities to the community, particularly the Project Affected Families, and facilitated local communities to take up business activities. The Project also supported various schools and health facilities through upgradation of the existing infrastructures. Number of drinking water facilities/irrigation channels for providing water for irrigation were developed by the Project.

Brunel Medal Highly Commended

The first highly commended Brunel Medal was awarded to Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts, Hong Kong.

Tai Kwun - Centre for Heritage and Arts is Hong Kong’s largest-ever conservation and revitalisation project. The 170-year-old former Central Police Station compound was transformed into a vibrant hub for arts, performances and culture at the city’s heart. 16 historic buildings, all classified as declared monuments, have been meticulously restored for adaptive re-use, setting a new benchmark for future conservation projects both locally and abroad.

The second highly commended Brunel Medal was awarded to MiC Quarantine Camp at Lei Yue Mun, Hong Kong.

Lei Yue Mun Quarantine Camp (LYMQC), located on Hong Kong Island, is an emergency Design and Build project adopting Modular Integrated Construction (MiC), led by the Architectural Services Department of the HKSAR Government in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. The Camp includes two sites housing a total of 352 rooms for quarantine use with over 6,000 m2 of GFA. The design and build contractor was China State Construction Engineering (Hong Kong) Ltd. and the academic collaborator was the Centre for Innovation in Construction & Infrastructure Development of the University of Hong Kong. The project requirement was to deliver the Camp within the shortest time possible with high quality and life-cycle sustainability.

The President Medal

The President Medal is awarded annually to a person, whether or not a member, who has performed any service to the Institution, to civil engineers or to the profession of civil engineering, that has not otherwise been recognised. The President decides who receives the medal and regard is shown to service that reflects the priorities and objectives that the President has identified for his/her year in office. This year's winner of the President Medal is Dame Judith Hackitt DBE, FREng, FIChemE, FCGI.

Watch Dame Judith's video below

Papers awards

Each year, ICE Publishing acknowledges the best work published in our journals.We award authors from both industry and academia who have produced work judged by their peers to be of exceptional quality and benefit to the civil engineering, construction and materials science community.

Each paper is free to view on the ICE Virtual Library in perpetuity as part of our commitment to furthering knowledge and best practice. Here are some videos from our award-winning authors discussing their winning papers.

Incoming ICE President and Carbon Project chair, Rachel Skinner, gives her Presidential Address on Tuesday 3 November 2020, when she will share her thoughts on her theme for the year, net-zero carbon. Register for this online event here.

  • Andrew Panos, ICE Digital Content Editor at ICE