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Consultants to showcase best practice at Civils

Association of Consulting Engineers will be using its slot in the Civils 2002 seminar programme to promote the winners of its annual awards.

The ACE has three categories of award, with the winners to be announced at a special lunch on 26 April. These are for client best practice, outstanding contribution and young consulting engineer of the year.

Clients and their relationship with consulting engineers are critical to the success of all projects. The client best practice award will celebrate innovations that have contributed to improved performance in the procurement, delivery and operation of projects, the ACE says. Prizes will be given in three categories - projects with a contract value of less than £1.5M, projects between £1.5M and £5M, and projects over £5M.

ACE members are currently being asked to nominate clients responsible for a project that clearly demonstrates the benefit of a strong partnership between client and engineer.

The contract must have been completed, with final account rendered, between January 2001 and January 2002. And schemes must have come in on time, safely, to budget and, within reason, defect free.

The judges will be considering each entry under categories such as decision making, problem solving, training, procurement, research and innovation, leadership and design excellence.

Young consulting engineer of the year will be rewarded with a £1,000 cheque and a medal. The award, in collaboration with the Worshipful Company of Engineers, is open to all qualified engineers aged 35 or under on 30 March.

Entrants need to submit a paper of no more than 2,000 words on an aspect of engineering consultancy.

Shortlisted entrants will meet the judges to be assessed on areas like commitment to career, innovation and vision.

The outstanding contribution award is open to individuals or teams that are ambassadors for the consulting profession and exemplify the contribution that consultants can make to society.

The judges are looking for nominations from ACE members.

lIf you want to enter any of the awards or to attend the awards lunch call Lauren McKay at the ACE awards office on 020 7344 1889.

Closing date for entries is 22 February.

lThe ACE best practice seminar, showcasing the winners, will be held at 3.30pm on 12 June at Civils 2002.

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