Call for Nominations

Awards For The Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievements Of The Year

AIMS

  • Give recognition to well-engineered civil engineering projects
  • Portray the art and science of civil engineering to the general public
  • Publicise how answers to challenging civil engineering problems were found
  • Honour individuals who have rendered outstanding service to the profession or has made a contribution of distinction to civil engineering
  • To promote the practice and development of excellence in civil engineering in the built environment profession

Project Awards

FOR THE MOST OUTSTANDING CIVIL ENGINEERING ACHIEVEMENT
  • Technical Excellence Projects
  • Community-Based Projects
  • International Projects

Technical Excellence Projects

Criteria

  • Portray the art and science of civil engineering to the general public
  • Indicate how the profession finds answers to challenging demands
  • Display unique or unusual features
  • Demonstrate functional efficiency, economic contribution and service
  • of mankind
  • Demonstrate some notable advance in the solution of engineering
  • Problems
  • Show particular aesthetic appeal
  • Display engineering ingenuity in analysis or design and/or in
  • Construction technique
  • Had successful handling of impacts on the environment
  • Be well managed, finishing on time and within budget
  • Awards can be made to any size of project
  • Need not necessarily be complete in all aspects, but the major engineering problems must have been overcome before the end of the year under review

Community- Based Projects

Criteria

  • Portray the art and science of civil engineering to the general public
  • Indicate how the profession finds answers to challenging demands
  • Be predominantly civil engineering in character
  • Have been successful in the handling of environmental impact and community involvement
  • Should exemplify the benefits of civil engineering to society at large
  • Should involve effective and successful co-operation between the civil engineer, the community served by the project and other interested and affected parties such as, the local authorities, non-government organisations and the labour force
  • May be a complete planning study or an exercise in community initiative and involvement and should be innovative, comprehensive
  • and have been substantially completed in the year under review
  • Both the natural and social environments should have been successfully addressed by the project
  • Should show functional efficiency
  • Be well managed, finishing on time and within budget
  • Need not necessarily be complete in all aspects, but the major
  • engineering problems must have been overcome before the end of
  • the year under review

International Projects

Criteria

  • Portray the art and science of civil engineering to the general public
  • Indicate how the profession finds answers to challenging demands
  • Display unique or unusual features
  • Demonstrate functional efficiency, economic contribution and service of mankind
  • Demonstrate some notable advance in the solution of engineering problems
  • Show particular aesthetic appeal
  • Display engineering ingenuity in analysis or design and/or in construction technique
  • Had successful handling of impacts on the environment
  • Be well managed, finishing on time and within budget
  • Awards can be made to any size of project
  • Need not necessarily be complete in all aspects, but the major engineering problems must have been

NB: New Nomination Procedure

After much deliberation a decision was taken to streamline all submissions for the various categories through the SAICE regional branches. As such each branch will need to send out their own calls for submissions to host their own independent regional awards for all categories. This procedure will enhance the quality of the submissions, guaranteeing that the entries received are of the finest calibre, which will ensure a higher level of prestige to its final winners.

  • To gain more traction branches are welcome to send through branch/regional calls for submissions to National office so that they can be disseminated nationally – this is for the benefit of the membership that might not be on your regional database but may still want to enter through your branch due to their geographical status.
  • The top three finalists/winners from the branch regional awards for each of the award categories must be forwarded to Lorraine Mpofana (lorraine@saice.org.za) at National Office by 28 July 2017 at the latest. These submissions will then be entered into the National Awards for 2017.
  • SAICE National Office will only accept submissions for ALL entries (projects and individuals) that have been submitted via a SAICE branch.
  • No submissions will be accepted if they are not submitted through a branch. Communication has been sent out to all members to inform them of this new procedure.

 

BRANCH AWARDS

Since SAICE National Office will only be accepting entries submitted exclusively via branches from this year going forward, it is imperative that all branches ensure that they host their regional branch awards for 2017 BEFORE the submission deadline of 28 July 2017 mentioned above. We would therefore like to suggest that branches host their regional awards BEFORE the end of June 2017, as this will give sufficient lead time to submit all entries within time.

Submission Contents

  • The official entry form duly completed
  • An A4 text of not more than 1 500 words which should consist of:
  1. A summary paragraph stating why, in the opinion of the entrant, the project merits the award
  2. A description of the purpose of the project, the approach to the design and relevant general features
  3. A brief statement of any unusual features, which may be helpful to the judges
  4. A summary that will include client details, budget, and a short description of the projects use
  • Five high resolution photographs in colour, of the entry showing it in its environment
  • A maximum of five and minimum of two drawings or illustrations relating to the project
  • A CD containing all the above information (written material, photos & drawings in electronic format.

Adjudication Procedure for National Awards

Adjudication will carried out by a nominated panel of at least 3 and no more than 5 members, under the Chairmanship of a past president

  • The adjudication will be carried out based on the material submitted
  • The judges will select the winning project in each category
  • The winners will be announced at the National Awards Function on 19 October 2017.

Call for Nominations

Awards For The Most Outstanding Individuals In Civil Engineering Of The Year

Individual Awards

For Most Outstanding Individuals In Engineering
  • Engineer of the Year
  • Young Engineer of the Year
  • Technologist of the Year
  • Young Technologist of the Year
  • Technician of the Year
  • Young Technician of the Year
  • Project Manager of the Year

Objectives

  • To honour an individual who has rendered outstanding service to the profession or has made a contribution of distinction to civil engineering
  • To promote the practice and development of excellence in civil engineering in the built environment
  • To create an awareness of the contribution made to the civil engineering industry by SAICE members
  • To develop excellence in civil engineering amongst civil engineers
  • To provide role models for students and young civil engineers
  • To encourage leadership and entrepreneurship in civil engineering
  • To encourage personal development in various civil engineering professions

Engineer of the Year

Criteria

  • Shown that they have gone out of their way to improve the lives of others
  • Displayed qualities making them worthy role models for their peers
  • Must be current SAICE members who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to their fellow members, the Institution, the profession and local community
  • The achievements of this engineer should be outstanding and inspirational
  • Has made an impact on the built environment and/or the local community
  • Shown dedication in terms of time, resources and effort
  • Must be registered as a PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER

Young Engineer of the Year

Criteria

  • Awarded to a young engineer, under the age of 36, who has rendered outstanding service to the profession or has made a contribution of distinction to civil engineering
  • Achievements of this young engineer should display outstanding and inspirational examples
  • Young engineer should be an Inspiration to other young engineers and society
  • Shown dedication in terms of time, resources and effort
  • Must be registered as a PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER

Technologist of the Year

Criteria

  • Display leadership and contribution in civil engineering
  • Established a reputation for professional service
  • Sustained meritorious service to SAICE and the profession
  • Played an outstanding role in the encouragement of personal and professional growth and development amongst technologists
  • Served to uphold and enhance the image of the profession
  • Displayed innovative exploitation of civil engineering technology to create a productive niche in the industry
  • Shown Innovative and enterprising involvement of the community in projects
  • Displayed excellence in any civil engineering field like design, construction, management or research
  • Demonstrated an achievement in the advancement of civil engineering technology
  • Must be registered as a PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIST

Young Technologist of the Year

Criteria

  • Awarded to a young technologist, under the age of 36, who has rendered outstanding service to the profession
  • Display leadership ability in an outstanding manner, establishing a reputation for as an industry professional
  • Is perceived as an outstanding and inspirational example who deserves recognition
  • Displayed excellence in any civil engineering field like design, construction, or research
  • Has shown dedication in terms of time, resources and effort
  • Must be registered as a PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIST

Technician of the Year

Criteria

  • Display leadership and contribution in civil engineering
  • Established a reputation for professional service
  • Sustained meritorious service to SAICE and the profession
  • Played an outstanding role in the encouragement of personal and professional growth and development amongst technicians
  • Served to uphold and enhance the image of the profession
  • Displayed innovative exploitation of civil engineering technology to create a productive niche in the industry
  • Shown innovative and enterprising involvement of the community in projects
  • Displayed excellence in any civil engineering field like design, construction, management or research
  • Demonstrated an achievement in the advancement of civil engineering
  • Must be registered as a PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN

Young Technician of the Year

Criteria

  • Awarded to a young technician, under the age of 36, who has rendered outstanding service to the profession
  • Display leadership ability in an outstanding manner, establishing a reputation for as an industry professional
  • Is perceived as an outstanding and inspirational example who deserves recognition
  • Displayed excellence in any civil engineering field like design, construction, or research
  • Has shown dedication in terms of time, resources and effort
  • Must be registered as a PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN

Project Manager of the Year

Criteria

  • Shown outstanding achievements in project management
  • Is seen as an inspirational example who deserves recognition
  • Has made a significant Impact on the built environment and/or the local community
  • Shown dedication in terms of time, resources and effort
  • Displayed exceptional budgeting, planning, public relations and technical skills

Branch of the Year

OBJECTIVE:

To give recognition to the Branch that has successfully advertised the SAICE brand within their region, and to honour their efforts in the industry. The branch is the ‘FACE OF SAICE’ in 21 regions across South Africa and it should be influential in impacting the lives of its members as well as building the SAICE brand in those particular regions. The winning Branch will be the Branch that has created a positive SAICE brand experience to its members, and achieved the goals set out for it.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 12 August 2017

BRANCH ACTIVITIES THAT COUNT TOWARDS THE FINAL DECISION:

Throughout the year the Branch should have done some of the following activities to increase the membership rate, share knowledge, transfer skills and network. These activities include:

  • Technical meetings and site visits.
  • Formal dinners, social functions and award ceremonies.
  • Courses, conferences and seminars.
  • Career guidance initiatives.
  • Committee meetings to arrange and manage the Branch activities.
  • Outreach programs including liaising with decision-makers and communities.
  • Other major achievements of the Branch which bring a strong positive focus on the Institution or profession may also be taken into account.

CRITERIA:

  • The Branch strategy has to be in line with SAICE’s vision and mission but remain unique for the region.
  • Best practices in planning and objectives to set these achievements have to be met.
  • Implementation of tangible mechanisms to obtain Branch member feedback and the use of this information to improve the Branch.
  • Positively contributing to members’ Brand experience.
  • Demonstrating improvements in the past year, in terms of participation, influence and structures.
  • Successful campaigns and impacts that the Branch has hosted or presented.

NOMINATION PROCEDURE:

Nominations for this award shall be submitted to the National Office by SAICE Branches.

The completed relevant document accompanied by 5 high-resolution photos can be sent to lorraine@saice.org.za by 12 August 2017. Or you can send them on a disk by courier, alternatively you can send your entry via Dropbox.

The winning Branch will be announced at the National Awards to be held at Sibaya Casino and Entertainment World on 19 October 2017.

NOMINATION CONTENT AND ENTRY FORMAT:

Nominations can be sent to SAICE National Office electronically via email to lorraine@saice.org.za with the following information and questions answered:

A word document with the content and questions answered as stated below along with five high-resolution photographs of Branch activities this year.

(Please note answers should not be too long and to keep to the point)

Title page with:

  • Name of Branch:
  • Name of Branch committee chairman:
  • Name of Branch administrator:

Branch Vision:

  • What is the Branch vision?
  • How is this vision being achieved at the moment?

Accomplishments:

How many initiatives has the Branch embarked on this year?

What impact did these have on the Branch members? (Please provide figures and testimonials as well as photos).

Member Feedback:

  • What new innovative technology is being used to generate member feedback?
  • How does the Branch analyse member feedback and what is the forecast for the year ahead?

Contribution:

  • How does the Branch positively contribute to its members?
  • What goals have been set and met to benefit the members?

Improvement:

  • What actions have the Branch taken to improve itself in the past year?
  • Has participation, influence and structures improved and by how much?
  • Explain how the Branch has demonstrated these improvements?

ADJUDICATION PROCEDURE:

Adjudication will be carried out by a panel of 6 judges (current SAICE President, SAICE CEO, SAICE COO and the SAICE PR team).

The adjudication will be carried out based on the material submitted. The judges will select the winning Branch and the winners will be announced at the National SAICE Annual Awards Function on 19 October 2017 at Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom in Durban.

Student Chaper of the Year

OBJECTIVE:

To give recognition to the Student Chapter that has successfully advertised the SAICE brand at Universities and Universities of Technology across the country. The Student Chapter is the ‘Face of SAICE’ at these universities and sets an example of professional communication through its parent institution and SAICE. The winning Student Chapter would be the one that has had the most influence and impact on its members.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 12 August 2017

CRITERIA:

  • Creative voice – ways of communicating (newsletters, communique – traditional and digital), and or various public forum platforms.
  • Successful events that took place throughout the year.
  • Resourcefulness with funds.
  • Encouraging new membership.
  • Positive contribution to student member brand experience.
  • Monitoring feedback through various mechanisms.
  • Outreach to promote the civil engineering industry to the general public and local community.
  • Professional engagement with local businesses and industry professionals.

NOMINATION CONTENT AND ENTRY FORMAT:

Nominations can be sent to SAICE National Office electronically via email to lorraine@saice.org.za with the following information and questions answered:

A word document with the content and questions answered as stated below along with five high-resolution photographs of Branch activities this year.

(Please note answers should not be too long and to keep to the point)

Title page with:

  • Name of student chapter:
  • Name of student chapter committee chairman:

 

Motivation

Creative voice:

  • What media sources are used for communication?
  • What are the student chapters’ plans to increase SAICE brand awareness on campus?
  • What social platforms are used and give some statistics on how interactive they are?
  • How many successful events did the student chapter host this year?
  • List some positive outcomes of the events hosted?

Resourcefulness:

  • What resources or initiatives has the student chapter used to raise funds?

Membership:

  • What campaign activities has the student chapter launched to encourage membership?
  • How does the student chapter contribute positively to the student member experience?
  • How does the student chapter measure feedback with regard to SAICE brand experience?
  • What systems are used to generate feedback and how is this information being used to improve the student chapter?

Outreach:

  • How has the student chapter gone about promoting civil engineering to the general public and community around them?
  • What feedback has been received from these promotions?

Professional Engagement:

  • How has the student chapter engage with industry professionals successfully?
  • What actions or events took place to ensure industry networking and engagement?

Photographs & Examples of work done:

  • Five high-resolution photographs of the branch in action at various events and functions
  • One or two examples of your communiques or newsletters disseminated
  • Social media statistics

NOMINATION PROCEDURE:

  • Nominations for this award shall be submitted to SAICE National Office.
  • The completed relevant document accompanied by 5 high-resolution photos can be sent to lorraine@saice.org.za by 12 August 2017. Or you can send them on a disk by courier, alternatively you can send your entry via Dropbox.
  • The winning Student Chapter will be announced at the National Awards to be held at Sibaya Casino and Entertainment World on 19 October 2017 in Durban.

ADJUDICATION PROCEDURE:

  • Adjudication will be carried out by a panel of 3 judges from the SAICE Young Members Panel.
  • The adjudication will be based on the material submitted.

Division of the Year

OBJECTIVE:

To give recognition to the Division that has had a quantifiable impact on its members. The winning division would be recognised as the division that successfully interacted with divisional members, interest groups as well as government structures concerned with these specific fields.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 12 August 2017

DIVISION’S ACTIVITIES PROMOTE SAICE IN A POSITIVE LIGHT:

  • To continually host technical meetings and site visits.
  • Host formal dinners, social functions and award ceremonies.
  • Present courses, conferences and seminars.
  • Liaise with associated organisations to take part in joint activities.
  • Active participation in outreach programs including liaisons with decision-makers and communities.
  • To promote all other major activities and achieve goals that will boost SAICE.

CRITERIA:

  • The vision for the Division that has been developed by its relevant stakeholders and how it aligns with the vison of SAICE.
  • Continuous research to obtain information and feedback from divisional members and then using this information to improve the Division.
  • Creating positive SAICE brand experiences which contribute to division member experience.
  • Demonstrating improvements in participation, influence and structures within the past year.
  • Successfully hosting campaigns to increase member experience.
  • To create an impact on the industry.

NOMINATION CONTENT AND ENTRY FORMAT:

Nominations can be sent to SAICE National Office electronically via email to lorraine@saice.org.za with the following information and questions answered:

A word document with the content and questions answered as stated below along with five high-resolution photographs of Divisions activities this year.

(Please note answers should not be too long and to keep to the point) 

Title page with:

  • Name of Division:
  • Name of Division committee chairman:
  • Name of Division administrator:

Vision:

  • What is the vision of the Division?
  • How is this vision being achieved at the moment?
  • What are the plans of the Division for the future?

Functionality:

  • Has the Division achieved any outstanding/worthy industry accomplishments?

Member Feedback:

  • What new innovative technology is being used to generate member feedback and improve the Division?
  • How does the Division analyse member feedback and what is the forecast for the year ahead?

Contribution:

  • How does the Division positively contribute to its members?
  • What goals have been set and met to the benefit divisional members?

Noteworthy initiatives / campaigns:

  • What actions has the Division taken to improve itself in the past year?
  • Has participation, influence and structures improved and by how much?
  • How many campaigns has the Division hosted this year?
  • List the most memorable divisional campaigns for 2017
  • What impact did these activities have on divisional members? (please provide figures and testimonials as well as photos)

NOMINATION PROCEDURE:

  • Nominations for this award shall be submitted to the National Office by SAICE Divisions.
  • The completed relevant document accompanied by 5 high-resolution photos can be sent to lorraine@saice.org.za by 12 August 2017. Or you can send them on a disk by courier, alternatively you can send your entry via Dropbox.

ADJUDICATION PROCEDURE:

  • Adjudication will be carried out by a nominated panel of 3 judges (current SAICE President, SAICE CEO and SAICE COO).
  • The adjudication will be carried out based on the material submitted. The judges will select the winning Division and the winner will be announced at the SAICE Annual Awards Function on 19 October 2017 at Sibaya Casino and Entertainment World in Durban.

Nomination Procedure

SAICE members may submit nominations for the awards via email submission to your relevant branch/region chair/secretary

Submission Contents

Entries must be accompanied by:

  • A short citation
  • Nominee CV
  • Three high resolution photographs

National Awards Adjudication Procedure

  • Adjudication will be carried out by a nominated panel of at least 3 judges under the Chairmanship of a past president
  • The adjudication will be carried out based on the material submitted.
  • The judges will select the winning nominee. The winners will be announced at the National Awards Function 19 October 2017

Project Awards Divisions

For The Most Outstanding Project In Each Division
  • Environmental Engineering Project
  • Geotechnical Engineering Project
  • Information Technology Project
  • Project Management & Construction Project
  • Rail and Harbour Engineering Project
  • Structural Engineering Project
  • Transportation Engineering Project
  • Water Engineering Project
  • Operation and Maintenance Award

Criteria

  • Portray the art and science of civil engineering to the general public
  • Indicate how the profession finds answers to challenging demands
  • Demonstrate functional efficiency, economic contribution and service of mankind
  • Demonstrate some notable advance in the solution of engineering problems
  • Display engineering ingenuity in analysis or design and/or in construction technique
  • Had successful handling of impacts on the environment
  • Be well managed, finishing on time and within budget
  • Awards can be made to any size of project
  • Need not necessarily be complete in all aspects, but the major engineering problems must have been overcome before the end of the year under review

Nomination Procedure

Nominations to be submitted to relevant regional branches by companies. Winning projects will be submitted to National Office to be entered into National Awards

National Awards Adjudication Procedure

  • Adjudication takes place via a web-based marking system
  • Projects are adjudicate by randomly selected division committee members
  • Scores are automatically processed awarding projects a percentage score
  • The highest scoring project wins the award
  • Judges have the right to award a commendation to projects they feel deserve recognition
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