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How well are you managing?

This year's search for the Civil Engineering Manager of the Year is under way.

The ICE's prestigious Civil Engineering Manager of the Year Award (CEMYA) for 2005 is launched this week with a £5,000 prize for the winner from sponsor Laing-O'Rourke and £1,000 each for the three runners up.

The winner will also receive a medal from the ICE, Chartered Manager status from co-sponsor the Chartered Management In stitute and substantial coverage from second co-sponsor NCE.

'The Award provides a great opportunity for us to promote members, the Institution and our civil engineering profession, ' says ICE vice-president Quentin Lieper, chairman of the judging panel.

'This in turn helps us to raise the profile and status of engineers in society.

'Previous winners are role models for us all and have continued to lead our industry, ' says Leiper.

'They have shown how we, as engineers, can add real value to our customers - all those who use shelter, transport, water, sanitation and buildings - in fact all society.' Leiper challenges NCE readers:'If you know a professionally qualified engineer who has shown excellent management skills in the past year, then make sure they enter the Award.' The competition entry form invites ICE members to demonstrate their management skills 'irrespective of the size or type of activity, project or employing organisation'.

Winners of CEMYA since its launch in 1994 include client and consultant as well as contractor managers facing a wide variety of management challenges. The key to success in the competition is the ability to show 'the tangible outcome' of management performance during the previous year.

CEMYA winners are people who have inspired their teams to deliver high quality and value, steering enterprises back from severe delays or recovering from external 'events'.

This talent was demonstrated by the first CEMYA winner, David Arden who, as the Bermudan government's works engineer, managed to overcome fierce opposition to construction of a waste incinerator, so a resolving a waste disposal crisis.

Last year's winner Charly Clark was Amec project manager for the infamous Bingley Bypass.

Despite working within tough environmental constraints he managed to complete the scheme three months early.

l If you are an outstanding civil engineer or know someone who is, visit the ICE website at www. ice. org. uk/cemya for an entry form for Civil Engineering Manager of the Year Competition 2005. For further information, contact Lynn Robertson at ICE Tel: (020) 7665 2223 cemya@ice. org. uk Mike Winney

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