Engineers fundamentally influence our lives - working, relaxing, living and travelling. The development of urban spaces, buildings infrastructure and products all rely on the skills of engineers to bring together the best forward thinking in terms of ideas, value, efficiency and design.
Engineering is about making a complex world feel simpler; making a dangerous world safer. Engineering is using the rigour that is so fundamental in a good engineer to understand and develop objectives, to define them, and to make sure the client gets what is needed; identifying the most appropriate procurement route and contract strategy and understanding project process. Engineering is working with organisations to make them more effective, to add value and to deliver quality.
These awards underline ACE's commitment to best practice, innovation and continuous improvement in our industry. ACE is proud to work with clients and other stakeholders to ensure that we unlock the energy of consulting engineers and share in the rewards we both create.
The relationship between clients and consulting engineers is critical to the success of all projects and these awards celebrate that. ACE recognises the vital role that clients have in creating and contributing to a successful project environment. We are proud to reward that relationship and to highlight the need for integrated teamwork on projects - from the initial planning stages - that is so essential to the success of our industry.
Our Client Best Practice Awards recognise the contribution of consultant and client working together to make a project a success. The criteria for these awards are rigorous and hard to achieve, but this is as it should be. Teamwork is the foundation of success and ACE is working with its members and client organisations to encourage this approach.
Our awards also look to the future by recognising and promoting the talent of young engineers. They are the future of our industry. The finalists in this year's Young Consulting Engineer of the Year Award show that today's engineering is about combining a blend of creativity and innovation balanced with communication - key qualities if we are to attract the engineers of the future.
ACE is passionate about engineering and the value and service it brings to our society. We are also passionate about engineers being successful in providing that service. That's why we make no apology for promoting that highly valued service and for shouting it from the rooftops!