MORE THAN 100 top civil engineers were honoured at the ICE's annual awards ceremony in November, reflecting the mass of technical expertise in the construction industry today.
In presenting the awards, outgoing president Sir Joseph Dwyer commented that as 'the diversity and scale of technical expertise continues to grow' such events present 'a rare opportunity to display the length and breadth of the Institution as a learned society.'
Dwyer was particularly pleased with the number of awards going to engineers working on environmental issues.
The top award of the night, the triennial inter-institution award for outstanding contribution to engineering, went to Julia King.
The Kelvin medal is awarded for distinguished service in the application of science to engineering and King is recognised for her contributions in materials science and engineering, particularly in the crucial area of fatigue and fracture behaviour of advanced metallic alloys.
The James Alfred Ewing Medal, awarded in conjunction with the Royal Society for a special contribution to engineering research, went to Professor Sir John Horlock for his landmark work in the field of turbomachinery and, more recently, for his work on co-generation and combined power plants.
The much-cherished award for dedicated service to the Institution, the Garth Watson Medal, was awarded jointly to Jean Venables and Ingram Bill.
Venables has been actively involved in the Institution since joining the Association of London Graduates and Students in 1974, and remains involved on the Institution's Environment & Sustainability Board.
Bill wins the award for his service as Council member, vice president, and his work on the Latham Implementation Committee.
Buro Happold chairman Michael Dixon collected the Edmund Hambly award, which goes to a creative design that makes a substantial contribution to sustainable development, for Wessex Water's new operations centre near Bath.
The centre is a low-energy, sustainable building incorporating recycled materials and use of CFC-free products. The design maximises the efficiency of natural ventilation and provides optimum levels of natural illumination.
The second winner of the International Prize, after its inauguration in 2000, was Alastair Thomson, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to civil engineering in Hong Kong. Thomson worked as head of construction on the new international airport at Chek Lap Kok, completed in 1998.
Several awards for papers were made on the night, including the triennial Baker medal, which was collected by Gareth Mainwaring and Colin Weeks for their paper 'The detailed design of the Medway Tunnel project.'
The Parkman medal, which goes to the best management paper, went to Steve Mountain for his paper on the Langstone oysterbeds restoration.
Chris Field, Martin Gamble and Marcus Karakashian produced the best paper on tunnels, soil mechanics or bridges and received the John Henry Garrood King medal, while the prize for best paper on highway engineering, the Rees Jeffreys Award, went to Professor Alan Woodside, David Woodward, Paul Phillips and Alan Mills.
For less experienced members, the James Rennie Medal, awarded to an engineer under 35 who has 'demonstrated exceptional qualities in the use of engineering principles and construction knowledge in the design or construction of temporary or permanent works' went to Ruth Hogan, and the Young Railway Engineer of the year award to Simon Perkin.
Finally, past president Professor George Fleming, Professor Roland Paxton and Jim Stirling, took the Robert Alfred Carr prize for their paper 'Regeneration of the Forth & Clyde and Union canals.