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

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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