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Belfast beats off competition

A team of young engineers from Arup Belfast have won this year’s ICE Communications Competition with their proposal to develop an eco- village as a sustainable way to address a housing shortage.

Caroline Traynor, Carol Moore, Eamon Scullion, Niall Brady presented their consultation strategy and public information leaflet to judges alongside two other finalists, Arup Cardiff and the EA Dorset, at One Great George Street this month.

The ICE Communications Competition challenges teams to prove they have developed effective communications and public involvement skills, crucial for efficient and timely delivery of civil engineering projects.

Three scenarios

This year participating teams were presented with three different scenarios including the development of an eco village, the restoration of a small waterway or the construction of a new terminal at a local harbour.

Teams presented their solutions at fictional public consultation meetings where they were judged on a number of skills. These included clarity in communication, coverage of issues raised in the scenario, target audience engagement, professionalism and empathy conveyed and appropriate and effective distribution of roles between the team members.

The judges were chair of the editorial advisory panel at Municipal Engineer Ian Jenkinson, member of the ICE membership committee, senior reviewer and chair of technical routes panel Cameron Lindsay, and chair of the Graduates and Students Network Phil Santos.


They commended all teams for their efforts, saying they felt confident that each of the teams could be deployed in a real-life consultation scenario and be confident of their capacity to handle the exercise.

Member of Arup’s winning team Caroline Traynor said they chose the eco-village scenario because they were aware of the increasingly urgent need for positive models which demonstrate viable, sustainable living.

“It gave us an opportunity to explore and experiment with innovative and emerging ideas and technologies,” she said.

“The competition provided an excellent platform to compete against top teams from all over the UK and to exercise our in-depth understanding over a wide range of engineering issues. We would definitely encourage young engineers considering taking part next year.”

The ICE Communications Competition is open to graduate and student members with less than seven years’ industry experience.

  • For more information or to enter the ICE Communications Competition next year please contact your regional ICE office.

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