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Skanska engineer wins Rennie Medal for CPR Crossrail report

Skanska sub agent Sam Reed has been awarded the ICE 2014 James Rennie Medal for his chartered professional review (CPR) project report on the Crossrail Royal Oak portal. This is the second year running that a Crossrail engineer has scooped the prestigious Rennie accolade.

Winner Sam Reed

Winner: Sam Reed

The Royal Oak Portal is the western entrance to the central section of the Crossrail running tunnels. It was constructed between May 2010 and September 2011, and was used to launch two of the Crossrail tunnel boring machines in early 2012. Reed’s report describes his role in the design, installation and monitoring of the temporary propping that was installed at the portal.

The James Rennie award has been presented annually since Rennie’s death in 1996. It is presented to promote the achievements of civil engineers who have just completed their professional review, based on Rennie’s belief that civil engineers should undertake in-depth and thorough training. This year’s competition final was sponsored by Arup, Bam Nuttall and Costain.

Reed was one of three shortlisted finalists - Arup tunnelling engineer Eden Almog-Goldreich and Ramboll senior engineer Richard Harrap were also selected from over 1,000 CPR candidates to present their project reports in front of an audience at the ICE’s Westminster HQ. But Reed’s presentation and question and answer session won him the medal.

Judging panel chairman Alasdair MacLennan said of the finalists: “We heard three distinct and outstanding presentations that gave the judges a difficult task in selecting a winner. The quality of all three finalists gives me great confidence in the future of civil engineering.”

Reed said: “I am honoured to receive the 2014 James Rennie Medal, particularly considering the high standard of the competition on the night. I had a thoroughly enjoyable evening, and I hope it will inspire those I work with.”

Two other newly qualified engineers have also recently been awarded ICE medals: Bam Nuttall site agent Tom Moore was awarded the Jean Venables Medal for the best technician professional review candidate of 2013; and EM Highway Services senior structures engineer Gareth Scott won the Tony Chapman Medal, awarded to the best member professional review candidate of 2013.

All three winners will be presented with their medals at the ICE annual awards ceremony in October.

  • For a recording of the James Rennie final contact awards@ice.org.uk

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