Build your skills and win prizes – take the MERIT challenge

MERIT – the team game which challenges young engineers to run a simulated construction company – is back for 2017

Spartans from W.S. Atkins India were last year’s winners.
Spartans from W.S. Atkins India were last year’s winners.

The annual ICE-supported tournament is an exciting training experience with an active, participatory approach. Taking part is great preparation for future roles in industry with opportunities for participants to learn about company, business and financial management.

MERIT (Management Enterprise Risk Innovation and Teamwork) is a computer-based simulation which generates realistic scenarios of a construction company’s business markets and conditions, to which groups of young engineers interact as teams to competitively manage a virtual company.

The simulation has been designed to encourage the separation of team member responsibilities into different managerial functions to foster responsibility and team working, and the success or failure of the company may well depend upon the effective interaction between the different factions.

To get a flavour of the excitement you can read more about 2016’s winners and watch a film from the final.

MERIT enters 27th year

The winning team will receive the ICE's Silver Salver, presented by Professor Tim Broyd along with a cash prize. Runners up also receive a cash prize.

The MERIT 2016 winners were Spartans from W.S. Atkins India. Winning teams in the past have included Mott MacDonald Arup, Costain and the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway.

View a list of the personal competencies developed by participants in the MERIT business simulation.

Get involved

You can sign up for information about MERIT 2017 through their website. This will make sure you get the latest updates about the competition and reminders of registration dates while you're organising your competition team.

You can find out more about the competition, read FAQs and ask questions directly to the team at Loughborough University on the MERIT website.


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"As civil engineers' careers develop, they need to learn and cultivate business proficiency and soft skills that are not normally part of an undergraduate curriculum. Work within a MERIT team provides a great opportunity to do this in a safe and controlled environment. The number of leading civil engineering employers who strongly support MERIT provides a strong endorsement of its proven value.”

Tim Broyd, ICE Senior Vice-President