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Winning prospects

CIVIL ENGINEERS from Babcock Water Engineering were recognised at the Institution for a top 10 finish in a top inter-firm business game.

Out of 250 firms ranging from contractors to financial institutions taking part in the Prospects Cup organised by the University of East Anglia, Babcock Widget Enterprises scooped the rosebowl for coming top of the pile of 65 civil engineering entrants.

The 12 week challenge, to look after the productivity and marketing of a widget, explored different disciplines.

'We were tested on our decision making skills, teamwork, commercial awareness and strategic vision,' said Martin Crowe of the international water consultant.

'We've created a much better atmosphere between us after working on this. We had two weekly meetings when we would go over the latest business conditions sent to us and fax back solutions on where we were going to invest money and how much would be spent.

'I'd recommend it as a good exercise for civil engineers, who are in a position to move in different directions. My aim is to get in to project management of large schemes and Prospects will stand me in good stead.'

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