Engineering Excellence Digital Series

Engineering Excellence Digital Series, held in association with ESB 

Recognising Ireland’s Engineering Community in 2021

At Engineers Ireland, we want to recognise through video, the impact and endeavour of our engineering community in Ireland – and we are inviting you to join us.

Our 2021 Engineering Excellence Digital Series, held in association with ESB, will highlight through short videos, the hero stories of six engineering companies or individual engineers who have shown excellence in engineering through their work in 2021. 

Help us celebrate the projects that you are most proud of

Join us as we celebrate inspiring engineering endeavours and their impact society.

We wish to celebrate all kinds of engineering skill and we are calling on our engineering community to submit entries to our six open categories for your opportunity to feature in the series.

Entry is free and open to organisations who employ engineers based on the island of Ireland. Members and non-members are encouraged to participate. Please note the deadline for entries has been extended to 3pm on Friday, 3 September.

The six individuals or organisations deemed to have put forward the most impactful projects, showing great endeavour and inspiration will be invited to take part in our Engineering Excellence Digital Series where a representative from their organisation will be interviewed about their project. 

This video series will be promoted on our social media channels and highlighted by our media partners. In December, our members and the public will also be encouraged to cast their vote to champion the overall Engineering Endeavour of 2021. All projects featured in the video series will be included in the shortlist for Engineering Endeavour of 2021, sponsored by ESB.

Categories

1. Engineering Sustainability

Climate breakdown and biodiversity collapse are the most serious issues of our time and transformational action is required in all engineering sectors and disciplines. This category includes (but is not limited to): the resilience of our built and natural environment in the face of extreme weather (climate adaptation), the need to reduce emissions (climate mitigation), biodiversity protection and enhancement, and achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This category will champion an engineering project or initiative, including those within the geoscience field, which has embraced the core pillars of climate action and/or biodiversity and delivered a sustainable solution which will benefit the environment and society. 
  
Entry Criteria 
We welcome both small and large project entries completed by engineering teams in Ireland or Irish based organisations who have delivered initiatives overseas. Collaboration among different organisations is common practice to many engineering projects, therefore we welcome joint entries to this category. 
  
Projects, initiatives, or products can be entered into this category. These initiatives must be completed between September 2020 and September 2021. 
  
Judging Criteria 

Our judges will review each entry based on the following set of criteria. 

  • Visionary thinking and ambition – project concept and overview. 
  • Opportunity/challenge – the needs addressed, and solutions found. 
  • Design and delivery – the creative process, method of development, including sound engineering and scientific principles and practices; and cost. 
  • Impact – how your sustainable solution has made an impact on the environment and society.  

 
Enter now
Download our entry form and submit your application form by 3pm on Friday, 3 September. Please note that this deadline has been extended from 1 September. 

2. Engineering Innovation

This category will recognise innovation developed and delivered by Ireland’s engineers. For example, innovative initiatives entered may refer to digital innovation including industry 4.0, manufacturing and med-tech developments and our engineering community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  
Entry Criteria 
We welcome both small and large project entries completed by engineering teams in Ireland or Irish based organisations who have delivered initiatives overseas. Collaboration among different organisations is common practice to many engineering projects, therefore we welcome joint entries to this category. 
  
Projects, initiatives, or products can be entered into this category. These initiatives must be completed between September 2020 and September 2021. 
  
Judging Criteria 
Our judges will review each entry based on the following set of criteria. 

  • Visionary thinking and ambition – project concept and overview. 
  • Opportunity/challenge – the needs addressed, and solutions found. 
  • Design and delivery – the creative process, method of development inc. sound engineering and scientific principles and practices; and cost. 
  • Impact – the ingenuity of the innovation delivered, including the benefits and/or achievements of your project or product, and the significance of your project as a benchmark of Irish engineering. 

Enter now
Download our entry form and submit your application form by 3pm on Friday, 3 September. Please note that this deadline has been extended from 1 September. 

3. Engineering Infrastructure

This category will champion infrastructure projects of regional and national significance, such as transport infrastructure for example roads, bridges, railways, public realms, cycles routes, airports or ports or utilities infrastructure for example water, gas, electricity or communications utilities.  

The critical disciplines of geoscience are also recognised as key enablers to Ireland's infrastructure development, and projects may be entered to reflect achievements in this area.
  
Entry Criteria 
We welcome both small and large project entries completed by engineering teams in Ireland or Irish teams who have worked on projects overseas. Collaboration among different organisations is common practice on infrastructure projects, therefore we welcome joint entries to this category. 

Engineering infrastructure initiatives entered must be completed between September 2020 and September 2021. 
  
Judging Criteria 
Our judges will review each entry based on the following set of criteria. 

  • Visionary thinking and ambition – the project concept and overview. 
  • Opportunity/challenge – the needs addressed, and solutions found. 
  • Design and delivery – the creative process, method of development inc. sound engineering and scientific principles and practices; and cost. 
  • Impact – demonstrate the impact and contribution of your work to the economy and/or relevant communities, and the significance of your project as a benchmark of Irish engineering. 

 
Enter now
Download our entry form and submit your application by 3pm on Friday, 3 September. Please note that this deadline has been extended from 1 September.  

4. Buildings and Structures

This category will recognise the role of Ireland’s engineering community in the development and protection of buildings and structures of national and regional significance. This category will be open to both new buildings and structures which have been developed and also preservation or restoration projects on buildings or locations of historic importance.  
  
Entry Criteria 
We welcome both small and large project entries completed by engineering teams in Ireland or Irish teams who have worked on building and structures projects overseas. Collaboration among different organisations is common practice on projects of this nature, therefore we welcome joint entries to this category. 
  
Projects entered must be completed between September 2020 and September 2021. 
  
Judging Criteria 
Our judges will review each entry based on the following set of criteria. 

  • Visionary thinking and ambition – the project concept and overview 
  • Opportunity/challenge – the needs addressed, and solutions found. 
  • Design and delivery – the creative process, inc. sound engineering and scientific principles and practices; and cost. 
  • Impact – demonstrate the impact and contribution of your work to the economy and/or relevant communities, and the significance of your project as a benchmark of Irish engineering. 

  
 Enter now
Download our entry form and submit your application by 12 noon on 1 September.

5. Engineering Impact

This category will recognise an engineering project that has created the greatest impact on Irish society over the past 12 months, whether that is through its ambition, purpose, complexity, or contribution to a community. For example, the project submitted to this category should have a positive and beneficial social, environmental, cultural or economic impact on a community. 
  
Your project entry should reference visionary thinking and ambition, from the needs addressed to the design and delivery of the initiative. Your entry should also demonstrate the contribution of your work to the economy and/or relevant communities. 
  
Criteria 
We welcome both small and large project entries completed by engineering teams based in Ireland or Irish teams who have worked on projects overseas. Collaboration among different organisations is common practice to many engineering projects, therefore we welcome joint entries to this category. 
  
Projects, initiatives, or products can be entered into this category. These initiatives must be completed between September 2020 and September 2021. 
  
Judging Criteria 
Our judges will review each entry based on the following set of criteria. 

  • Visionary thinking and ambition – project concept and overview. 
  • Opportunity/challenge – the needs addressed, and solutions found. 
  • Design and delivery – the creative process, method of development and cost. 
  • Impact – how your project has made an impact on its environment or on wider society.  

 
Enter now
Download our entry form and submit your application by 3pm on Friday, September. Please note that this deadline has been extended from 1 September. 

6. Engineer of the Year

This category will recognise an engineer from the broad range of engineering fields who has demonstrated excellence, visionary leadership and influence that has had a significant positive impact and contribution to the nominee’s team, organisation, fellow engineers, or the wider community.  
  
Criteria 
This category is open to all Chartered Engineers or Fellows of the profession who are based in Ireland or Irish Chartered Engineers of Fellows of the profession who are based overseas. Engineers Ireland will accept applications submitted directly from the individual or on behalf of a nominee – e.g., an organisation may wish to submit an application on behalf of a colleague. 
  
Judging Criteria 
Our judges will review each entry based on the following set of criteria: 

  • Visionary thinking and ambition – how the engineer has led others, developed new processes or initiatives for the benefit of their organisation, community or wider society. 
  • Influence and impact – the longstanding impact of the engineer’s work on their organisation, community or wider society. 
  • Demonstrated excellence – excellence in a significant engineering project or body of work. This should include detail regarding specific projects undertaken, leadership qualities and achievements. Applicants should focus on achievements delivered in the previous two years (2019 – 2021) and provide a short background context to achievements outside of this time period. 
     

Enter now
Download the entry form and submit your application by 3pm on Friday, 3 September. Please note that this deadline has been extended from 1 September. 

Terms and Conditions

Read our Terms and Conditions to find out more about the rules and general conditions for entry into the 2021 Engineering Excellence Digital Series. Click here to read.

Enter today

Our Engineering Excellence Digital Series will provide you with the opportunity to promote your organisation, your people and the great work you do. 

Get noticed by your peers, those who operate within the engineering sector and decision-makers and submit your entry before 3pm on Wednesday, 3 September.

For more information, contact: Anne Marie Clarke - aclarke@engineersireland.ie

Sponsors

The Engineering Excellence Digital Series is held in association with ESB. 

As Title Sponsor of the Excellence Awards since 2010 and now our new Digital Excellence Series, we would like to thank ESB for their ongoing support in recognising Ireland's engineering profession.

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Supporters

We would also like to thank Accenture and Geoscience Ireland for their commitment and support of the Engineering Excellence Digital Series, held in association with ESB.

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