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Aecom wins comms comp prize

A team of engineers from Aecom has won the top prize at this year’s ICE communications competition.

The annual competition tests entrants’ ability to communicate engineering principles and proposals effectively.

The first rounds, held regionally, involve teams running a simulated public consultation exercise.

“All three teams were well drilled, had done their homework, and approached the competition with the right attitude.”

Lionel Zetter, competition judge

In the semi-finals the teams must present their findings to the judges, who pose as clients. The teams are assessed on their presentation skills and dialogue with the “clients” in the final session, and on the written report they produce.

One of the judges, and public affairs consultant, Lionel Zetter, said the competition was very close this year.

“All three teams were well drilled, had done their homework, and approached the competition with the right attitude,” he said.

“However, Aecom made a dynamic, professional and informative presentation. They also demonstrated an ability to deal with tough questioning very competently. Overall it was an excellent performance.”

Able communicators

Zetter added: “Engineers are not generally noted for their communication skills, especially their verbal communications. However, this year all the finalists were extremely able communicators.

“It is hoped that they maintain their enthusiasm as their engineering careers progress. The key to effective communications is knowledge of, and enthusiasm for your subject.”

Second was a team from Arup. Third was Mott MacDonald.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Congratulations to the AECOM team on their win. Note however the comment from Lionel Zetter (the public affairs consultant) that "Engineers are not generally noted for their communication skills..."; how does he think the built infrastructure that he and the rest of society use on a daily basis ever becomes a physical reality from being an idea in an engineer's head? Sadly his comment does reflect the perception that much of society has about engineers.

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