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East Midlands engineers celebrated

 

Over 200 members and guests of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) East Midlands attended the organisation’s annual gala dinner and awards ceremony, last night.

 

The event, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nottingham, was co-hosted by ex-England and Leicester Tigers rugby star Rory Underwood, who was also the guest speaker.

 

Kyle Clough, regional director for Kier Construction and Infrastructure Services, and an ICE Vice President, was the compere for the evening, with Matt Huddleston, ICE East Midlands’ Regional Chair, presenting the awards.

 

Twenty-six engineering projects from across the East Midlands were shortlisted for the five main awards.

 

A Chamber member enjoying success on the night was Danaher & Walsh Civil Engineering, of Mountsorrel, which was one of three companies that together installed a £1.5m footbridge, over the A6 at Birstall, which won the Medium Project (£750,000 - £10m) award.

 

The judges felt that the project was ‘extremely’ well planned, with minimal disruption to the public. The new bridge made use of innovative engineering techniques and the team delivered “an impressive looking structure” that provides safe pedestrian and cycle access over a busy dual carriageway.

 

Other projects considered for this award included the Highly Commended River Water Quality Improvement of Bevercotes Beck, near Walesby, in Nottinghamshire, which the judges agreed was “highly innovative”.

 

The Newark Waste and Water Improvement Project won the East Midlands Merit Award (EMMA) for Large Projects (over £10m). The scheme was designed to prevent sewers from flooding, thereby safeguarding 400 homes and businesses. It also provides a secure and stable water supply system to the town.

 

In awarding the EMMA, the judges praised the team’s approach to collaborative working, combined with extensive local public consultations, which helped to reduce the impact of the new sewage system.

 

The upgraded Sewage Treatment Works at Earl Shilton, in Leicestershire, was Commended for its use of digital delivery techniques to deliver a scheme that benefits around 12,000 residents.

 

Also considered for the Large Project Award was the Smart Motorways Programme M1 J23a-25, which was also Highly Commended.

 

For the Studies and Research Award, the EMMA was presented to the team, led by Dr Rolands Kromanis, from Nottingham Trent University, which compiled a research paper entitled Applications of Low-cost Cameras for Measurement Collection.

 

The submission presented findings from case studies to demonstrate the successful application of low-cost vision-based systems, such as smartphones and GoPro-type cameras, for the assessment of structural performance. Traditionally, such assessments required engineering personnel, often working at height, to install expensive sensor systems.

 

The judges agreed that this concept had significant potential for planning, sustainability and health and safety impacts, using a piece of technology that engineers keep in their pockets - smartphones.

 

ICE East Midlands’ Regional Director, Jo Barnett, said: “Our judges had a diverse range of projects to consider from all sectors of the industry, drawn from right across the region. Many entries this year also included evidence of the use of innovative techniques and technological developments, such as using drones for the planning of major infrastructure projects.

 

"Our annual awards play an important role in not only demonstrating the importance of our civil engineers, whose hard work and dedication can often go unnoticed, but in also celebrating the positive impact that civil engineering has on our everyday lives."

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