New Civil Engineer technical reporter Katherine Smale has won the prestigious award for construction / infrastructure journalist of the year at the 2017 International Building Press awards.
Judges described the category as “very competitive” and praised the high standard of entries.
The judges said Katherine’s articles were “well-structured and informative”.
They said: “The piece on the Severn Bridge suspension cables ‘cutting out corrosion’ was highly detailed giving the reader insight into the complex sequencing necessary to undertake this essential remedial work.”
Her article on ‘post tensioning’ the River Usk Bridge was, in the judge’s view, a ”compelling account of the intricate logistics of this most complex operation”.
New Civil Engineer editor Mark Hansford said the win reflected her passion for a great engineering story.
“For the first nine years of her career Kat was a structural engineer. Engineering and the infrastructure around us are her passion and she relishes the opportunity to dig deeper, finding the innovations and quirks that make her project reports special,” he said.