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Have you started work on your entry for the 2015 GE Awards?

Many construction sites have started winding down for the festive season and you’ve started to reflect on the successes of your year but why not make sure the rest of the industry knows about your achievements by entering them for the 2015 GE Awards?

The deadline for entries is on 9 January 2015, so the Christmas break is the ideal time to hone your bid to be an award-winner and get the chance to display your skills in front of our esteemed judging panels in our new face-to-face judging process.

The judging panel has been expanded to more than 40 judges this year to allow the integrity of the process to be improved and to ensure you get to meet and present your capabilities in front of judges drawn from industry clients, leading academics and industry specialists.

Also new for 2015 is the Ground Investigation Project of the Year category, which has been developed to allow schemes from this part of the industry to be compared with peers and not against ground engineering construction projects.

Full details of the categories, entry criteria and details of the expanded judging panel are available at www.geawards.com

Registration and entry is free.

Hints and tips from our judges on how to become an award winne

Be a tough critic.

  • Ensure your entry is truly a Ground Engineering Awards contender
  • Supply material that is relevant
  • Concentrate on the role you or your company did rather than the project as a whole.
  • Emphasize why this project is different or novel from the normal or rest.

Be concise and say it clearly

  • Ensure you are clear and concise in your terminology - less is more!
  • Use bullet points where appropriate.
  • Bullet points are often preferable to long prose.
  • Keep it factual, with specific business highlights and quantify achievements.
  • Assume judges are not completely knowledgeable about your experience or your business.
  • Explain your points fully and clearly.
  • Get someone who is not in the same sector to read your submission to help ensure trade jargon is simplified and your presentation is in an easy-to-read format.
  • Spend some time and effort on the overall presentation layout, diagrams and pictures.
  • If you’re going to use photos, make sure they are great quality and not out of focus
  • Avoid using a glossy cooperate brochure with a project name added and little specific informat

Plan in advance and allow plenty of time to research and write your entry.

  • Contact our awards specialist George Thornton to help with your submission on 020 7391 4530 or email George.Thornton@emap.com
  • Edit, edit and edit again. Set aside time to review your entry.
  • Ensure you are entering your business into the correct category? If you are unsure contact us.
  • Save a copy of your final entry, as a backup and for you to keep.

And finally…

  • Make sure that you address the criteria for the award, as this is what the judges will assess you on. See more at: www.geawards.com/enter

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