Your chance of success in the upcoming Tunnelling Awards can be increased by following some simple tips from the panel of industry expert judges.
Crossrail head of underground construction Mike King said:
- Clearly explain your product/project – ask someone uninvolved if they understood everything you included.
- Explain clearly why the entry is different from everybody else’s.
- Answer the questions with clear and unambiguous text and diagrams.
Institution of Civil Engineers fellow Alan Myers said:
- Clearly identify why you feel worthy of the award, and provide evidence of what you have done.
- We are looking for a differential between your submission and the others.
- We are looking for innovation, or achievement of competitive advantage.
Arup principal David Caiden said:
- Be honest at all times. Don’t try to take credit for work done by subs or others; judges are industry-wise and mostly know who has really done what.
- Avoid marketing and self-promotional hyperbole. These are irritators to a judge.
- Avoid acronyms, abbreviations and jargon; assume the judges know nothing about your work.
Etihad Rail network planning manager Philippe Bakhos said:
- Follow the process: stick to the number of words and the format.
- If you submit your project in different categories, adapt the text accordingly and avoid as much as possible the easy copy-paste.
United Utilities programme manager Carl Sanders said:
- Emphasise project deliverables in the submission alongside technical merit.
- The project is the goal. Innovation and technical ability are enablers to achieving the project benefits.
With the entry deadline now extended to 8 July, do not miss your chance to showcase your company’s tunnelling expertise.
To start your entry, visit tunnellingawards.nce.co.uk/enter