BUDDING BUSINESS leaders should sieze the chance to prove their worth and register now for the 2002 Merit Construction Management Competition.
The Merit game, run by Loughborough University and fully endorsed by the ICE for its training value, sees teams of six run their own virtual construction company in a computersimulated environment, and in direct competition with each other.
Merit 2001 saw around 750 engineers in 141 teams from around 73 different organisations compete for the coveted ICE silver salver, which was eventually won by the Gibb Energy team.
The ICE recognises the experience that the competition provides by making CPD credits available to all participants, and a training certificate is awarded on completion. The competition is open to all construction professionals.
Merit uses web-based technology, enabling teams to play from any location and contains online interactive tutorial support.
Participants learn how to manage their own virtual company by direct experience, finding out how decision making affects the various functions of the business.
Starting from a historical position of one year's trading, the team, operating as a board of directors, runs the company. It competes for contracts in a simulated construction market which is updated regularly to match the turbulent nature of the real industry.
Leading teams from the early rounds then compete in the final where they are pitched against both computer simulated companies and each other in a battle for jobs, staff and, ultimately, profit.
Registration for Merit 2002 ends on 24 January. Entry costs £425 per team with reduced rates for full time students.
INFOPLUS Registration forms and further details are available from http: //merit. lboro. ac. uk