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WANTED: civils manager of the year

ARE YOU an outstanding manager? Do you work with or know a civil engineer that you believe is the best project manager there is? If so, it's time to start putting names forward for this year's ICE Civil Engineering Manager of the Year Award.

In addition to the kudos of winning this prestigious award, an ICE Medal and a £1,000 cash prize is up for grabs. Runners up will receive certificates and £250. The achievements of this year's finalists will be featured in New Civil Engineer.

The award, which is in its sixth year, is designed to recognise excellence in project based management within the civil engineering profession. It also attempts to raise the profile of civil engineers as managers to society at large.

Entry criteria are therefore left wide to encourage entries from across the full scope of the civil engineering industry. Managing a construction project is as valid as managing a design team or business activity.

The ICE award is backed by the Institute of Management, John Laing Construction and NCE.

Although entries are sought from individuals, past experience has shown the best managers are often the most modest about their talents. Therefore, senior members of staff from civil engineering firms and their clients are encouraged to identify and persuade/instruct their best candidates to step forward.

Entry is simple. First contact Jon Martin at the ICE on (0171) 665 2216 to obtain an entry form. Then give a brief synopsis - no more than 1,500 words - of the work you have been involved with and finally, and most importantly, list your specific management expertise and how this contributed to the project.

Each synopsis must be backed by your employer and the project's client organisation to verify your role. All projects must have been completed between 1 June 1998 and 31 May 1999.

Forms, complete with appropriate drawings and photographs, should be returned to the ICE by 30 June.

Shortlisted finalists will then be invited to make a 20 minute presentation to the Judging Panel on 14 October, followed by a second evening presentation to an open audience at Great George Street.

The winner will be announced directly afterwards at a special reception and chosen on the basis of their written submission and both presentations.

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