A team of graduate engineers from Transport for London (TfL) have been crowned winners of ICE’s 2014 graduate and student communications competition.
The competition tests graduate and student members’ ability to communicate at a series of fictitious public enquiry meetings where they are required to deliver a presentation based on a project or scenario and answer questions from a judging panel and audience.
Teams representing ICE London, ICE Northern Ireland, ICE East of England and ICE East Midlands made the final, beating off the competition at regional heats and semi-final stages.
One of the judges, ICE President Geoff French, said he was impressed with all four finalists, but it was the TfL team representing ICE London that was awarded first place for its presentation on the implementation of a Tube line extension in London’s East End.
Graduates from Aecom in Belfast came second and third were student members representing Loughborough University. In fourth place were graduate engineers from Ramboll in the East of England.
French commented: “The ability to communicate effectively is a vital skill for a civil engineer, it can help the public gain a better understanding of a project, what it involves and its benefits, and resolve issues quickly - put simply it can mean the difference between a project being built and it not happening at all.
“This competition - by simulating a real life situation and the pressures that comes with that - is a great way to help young engineers understand the necessity of good communication skills. I was impressed at how credible and confident all four teams were and congratulate all for getting to the final,” he added.
“The TfL team, however, particularly impressed me and the other judges with its ability to communicate the scheme and its impact in a way that would be easily understood by the general public. They also acknowledged the disruption there would be during construction and how that would be kept to a minimum.”
Other judges included senior reporter from The Engineer magazine, Stephen Harris and GMOC director Neil Glover.