International projects from Middle East, Pakistan, and the UK, vying for prestigious Chartered Engi

International projects from Middle East, Pakistan, and the UK, vying for prestigious Chartered Engineer award

03 November 2016 at 09:27

Brexit’s impact may provide fresh opportunity for engineers overseas according to Engineers Ireland

A Pakistani gas-turbine power plant, a Doha expressway and the extension of London’s Northern Line rail system are all projects that are vying for the prestigious Chartered Engineer of the Year Award at tomorrow night’s Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards, it was announced today.

The Chartered Engineer of the Year winner, and all the category winners of this year’s Excellence Awards, in association with ESB, will be revealed at a special ceremony attended by 360 delegates at the InterContinental Hotel in Dublin 4. 

“With approximately 6,000 Chartered Engineers on the island of Ireland, international mobility and the capacity to build new skills through overseas work has long been an integral part of what it is to be an engineer.  So with over half of our members surveyed in the UK and the Republic concerned that Brexit will negatively impact their capacity to operate across the UK and Ireland, there is a fresh impetus for engineers to consider new opportunities abroad to build new skills and provide the kind of expertise that is a feature of this year’s Chartered Engineer of the Year category,” said Caroline Spillane, Engineers Ireland Director General.

An Engineers Ireland survey earlier this week of the organisation’s members operating in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland showed that 40% were proactively changing their business strategy to adapt to the new economic reality of Brexit, with nearly 54% believing their ability to work as an engineer across jurisdictions to be impacted negatively by Brexit.

“The Chartered Engineer title is the gold standard in engineering and is granted by Engineers Ireland to those professional engineers who, through a rigorous review process, have shown their ability to apply their professional competences in the workplace,” Spillane added.

“In what is the 20th year of the Chartered Engineer of the Year Award, the candidates shortlisted for tomorrow night’s prize have applied their professional expertise with great skill and creativity in keeping with the Chartered title.  All of the diverse projects in this category, both international and domestic, have made a significant contribution to industry over the last 12 months and I wish them, and all the participants across the various Excellence Awards categories, well in the final event tomorrow night.”

The shortlist for the Chartered Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by Arup, is:

  • Darragh Collins – ‘House of Tomorrow’
  • Marcello Corsi – ‘Innovative Track Design for Urban Railways – the State of the Art on Luas’
  • Jonathan Cosgrove – ‘Rousch (Pakistan) Lifetime Extension Project’
  • Sarah Dunne – ‘Northern Line Extension’ UK
  • Orla Morley – ‘Heathrow Terminal 5C Systems Integration with Terminal 5’
  • Nicholas Tarrant – ‘Engineering Qatar’s Vision’

The winner of the Engineering Project of the Year, which involves a public vote, will also be announced tomorrow night.

For further information about the Awards visit http://www.engineersireland.ie/awards/excellence-awards.aspx.