REGISTRATION IS also under way for the Merit 2003 Construction Management Competition.
Merit involves teams of engineers running their own virtual construction company for a simulated number of years, pitting their managerial skills against those of competing teams.
Run by Loughborough University and sponsored by the Institution of Civil Engineers, Merit 2002 saw around 800 engineers in 167 teams from 67 different companies vying for the coveted ICE silver salver, picking up invaluable management experience in the process.
Merit is played online, with teams learning how to manage their own virtual companies by direct experience. It provides a crash course in how decision making affects the various functions of the business.
Starting from a historical position of one year's trading, the team, operating as a board of directors, runs its own company for eight rounds in a simulated construction market, competing for contracts against a computersimulated company.
Leading teams from the early rounds then compete in the final at Loughborough University in April, where they are pitched against both computer simulated companies and each other in a battle for jobs, staff and, ultimately, profit
INFOPLUS Registration ends on 31 January. Entry costs £475 per team with reduced rates for full time students. For more information visit http: //merit. lboro. ac. uk.