THE BRITS got one over on the Americans at last week's final of the NCE Communications Competition, with a team from the Royal Engineers triumphing over entrants from PB Kennedy & Donkin and Bechtel Water.
The teams had to present their proposals for a rail link to a new Biodome to an audience of their opponents and a group of judges doing a pretty good impression of a rowdy public meeting. All three teams turned in highly professional presentations which tackled most objections in a polite and comprehensive manner.
The judges felt that the only weakness of the presentations was a failure to engage the audience on a personal as well as a technical level with not even a joke or two to break the ice.
Once again, however, the REs rose to the challenge and crowned their acceptance speech with a joke in the best traditions of the British Army - which means we cannot publish it here.
Pictured receiving the congratulations of Association of Municipal Engineers chairman John Bircumshaw are (left to right) Cpt Verity Orrell-Jones, Cpt Phil Crick and Cpt Jonathan Evans.
In second place was the team from Bechtel led by Michael Harbon, while the PB Kennedy & Donkin group, chaired by Emma McGivern, picked up bronze.