A £5,000 top prize is launched today for ICE's Civil Engineering Manager of the Year Award 2002 and three prizes of £1,000 for the runners up.
The big new prizes from principal sponsor Laing O'Rourke follow on from the success of last year's CEMYA competition which had the largest and most keenly contended entry since the competition was begun in 1994.
Previous winners carried off cheques for £1,000 with their medal and the runners up collected £250 each. Despite temptations from headhunters, the previous six winners have all stayed with their original employers and earned rapid promotion through their company.
Last year's winner, Mark Cutler, won the award for his work as Carillion's project director for the £36M Proof House Alliance rail junction reconstruction and resignalling scheme in Birmingham 'delivered on time, under budget and without any accidents on site'.
'Winning the 2001 award came as a very pleasant surprise given the quality of the entrants and the true team effort which delivered Proof House, ' said Cutler, who at 31 was one of the youngest entrants to the competition.
'I was particularly encouraged by the amount of pride taken in this award by my colleagues, especially in the client team (Railtrack), and the recognition that this award helps to give to the many talented and hardworking engineers in the rail industry.'
Promotion to director of national rail projects at Carillion Rail followed on swiftly from Cutler's success in the competition. Last month he was presented with the Institution of Civil Engineers CEMYA 2001 medal by the President at the ICE annual dinner.
The entry form for the CEMYA 2002 competition is posted on the ICE website at www.ice. org. uk/cemya2002.
Telephone enquiries can be made to ICE on the direct line 020 7665 2230. Applications, preferably by email, are invited from 'professionally qualified civil engineers who have achieved excellence in management, irrespective of the size or type of activity, field of practice, project or employing organisation'.
ICE's management board team led by David Cawthra which is organising the competition is keen to stress that the award is not limited to engineers in charge of design or construction of projects. The winner could be someone in charge of an engineering related activity such as a public inquiry submission or the merger and restructuring of engineering companies. The emphasis is on management. Demonstration of a 'tangible outcome' of the management performance of the entrant to the competition is required but that outcome does not have to be a physical object such as a bridge, building or environmental remediation scheme.
Entries should be submitted by 24 June and include:
Personal information lNames of two referees lDescription of the team and overall objectives
Description of the management challenges involved lA statement of personal achievements lHighlights of personal performance linked to the 12 key roles defined in ICE's publication Management guidelines for the construction professional.
In July a shortlist of 12 will be selected from the applications by the CEMYA panel and invited to submit a more detailed application along with affidavits from their sponsors. In October four finalists will called to make a presentation to the judges on 19 November. The judging team will be chaired by the ICE President for 2002/03, Professor Adrian Long, and include a leading consultant, contractor and client.
In addition to Laing O'Rourke, CEMYA 2002 is also sponsored by ICE, The Chartered Management Institute, Movement for Innovation and NCE.
CEMYA winners 2001 Mark Cutler, now director of national projects for Carillion Rail 1999 Graeme Stewart, now project manager for BP's floating production storage and offloading facility, offshore Angola 1998 Chris Marshall, now director of Symonds 1997 Stephen Tarr, now project director for Balfour Beatty Major Projects 1996 Paul Sheffield, now a director for Kier Construction and managing director of the civil engineering division 1995 Stephen Brundle, now director of Scott Wilson's business consultancy unit 1994 David Arden, now a cosultant to small island developments in the West Indies