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Skanska engineer wins ICE Emerging Engineers award

Paul Chambers, from Skanska UK, has scooped a £1,500 cash prize and the much coveted Institution medal at the 2015 ICE Emerging Engineers Award Competition final.

The competition showcases the work of young engineers and is open to all ICE graduate and student members who have produced papers on engineering design, research or practice. Heats take place across the ICE regions with authors presenting their papers, followed by question and answer sessions. The winning papers go forward to the top-level judging panel to be whittled down to three finalists.

EEA Award winners

At the event: (left to right) Keith Clarke, Athanasios Angeloudis, Paul Chambers and Robert Best

Chambers, representing ICE London, won the final with an outstanding paper on the investigation and analysis of temporary propping at Crossrail Paddington Station. This brought to life the link between detailed technical standards and the safe and cost-effective delivery of major infrastructure projects.

Chambers said he was “incredibly proud” to have won the Award, considering the strong competition.

“This award provides an excellent opportunity to practice paper writing skills and have your work challenged by experienced members of industry.

This makes it ideal if you are sitting to write your professional review, and is excellent practice for presenting engineering ideas in the workplace or at university,” he said.

Judging panel chair Wei Liu said Chambers was selected as the winner as he “took a subject considered to be a dry and technical and made it interesting, relevant and enjoyable.”

ICE vice president Keith Clarke, who hosted the final, added: “Our future is dependent upon our young engineers, not only answering great questions, but actually defining the questions. The three finalists tonight show that the next generation can meet that challenge.”

Second place went to Robert Best, representing ICE Northern Ireland, for his Borders Railway project - reopening Bowshank Tunnel after 45 years paper and third place went to Athanasios Angeloudis, representing ICE Wales, for his paper Computational modelling of multiple tidal lagoons along the North Wales coast.

  • Find out about the 2015/2016 competition here or email

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