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Young engineer scoops James Rennie Medal for London 2012 Velodrome

Newly qualified civil engineer George Oates from Expedition Engineering has been awarded the prestigious ICE James Rennie Medal for his Chartered Professional Review (CPR) project “Designing out risk on the London 2012 Velodrome.”

Oates’ project report detailed his responsibilities and challenges as senior engineer for the design of the impressive superstructure and cable net roof, on what is a technically challenging and fast track building.

Held annually since 1996 following Rennie’s death, the medal specifically aims to promote the achievements of civil engineers who have just passed their CPR − this follows Rennie’s belief that high quality civil engineering can only be carried out by civil engineers who have undertaken in-depth and thorough training.

This year’s award was sponsored by Costain.

“I hope this serves as an inspiration for younger ICE members to try to blaze a trail through the civil engineering profession.”

George Oates

Oates, along with two other medal finalists, Jonathan Giles from Mouchel and Andrew Tozer from BP Exploration Ltd, was selected from over 1,000 of his peers due to his outstanding qualities in all attributes and his significant contribution to the promotion and development of civil engineering.

All three finalists presented and defended their projects in front of a panel of judges and an audience last week − each had to demonstrate an in depth understanding of engineering principles in design and construction, reflecting Rennie’s values.

Chair of the judging panel Robert Hollingdale said: “All three finalists clearly demonstrated the understanding of the design and construction process and the links that join them. They all exceeded in communicating their ideas and methods to an enthusiastic audience of their peers. George had the slight edge and is to be congratulated.”

“It’s a great honour to be awarded this prize, particularly given such strong finalists”, said Oates.

“I hope that this serves as an inspiration to younger ICE members to push for the best opportunities and, above all, to try to blaze a trail through the civil engineering profession.”

Oates will be presented with the medal and £500 cash prize later in the year.

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