Outstanding Achievement Award 2008
The NCE/ACE Outstanding Achievement Award 2008 was sponsored by Kennedys Solicitors. Entries can be either individuals or teams and may be project based. The one thing that all entries must have is a demonstration of significant achievement. It could be groundbreaking work that is changing people’s lives for the better, outstanding work in raising the profile of consultancy and engineering in the community or the wider world or even an amazing project success with a real ‘wow’ factor. ACE member Parsons Brinckerhoff took away the Outstanding Achievement Award 2008 title for its long-term commitment to innovation that has benefited clients and the industry as a whole.
Parsons Brinckerhoff’s special projects group within the company’s bridges division has been researching new technologies and innovative solutions for the past decade, saving their clients millions of pounds and providing the consultancy and engineering industry with a number of new techniques now adopted as industry best practice in the UK and abroad.
Its most recent high-profile design is a fibre-reinforced polymer (FBR) footbridge over the main railway line at St Austell, Cornwall, the UK’s first self-supporting structure of its kind. Civil engineers have been searching for an alternative to steel and alloys to reduce the high cost of repairs to structures damaged by corrosion and heavy use. Network Rail has been testing the use of FRP in the rail environment and in 2004 commissioned a study by Parsons Brinckerhoff which highlighted a range of viable uses, covering footbridges, platforms, stairs, walkways and other structures. The key benefits identified include ease of installation, low maintenance and durability.
Judges of the award said: “For over a decade Parsons Brinckerhoff’s special projects group has worked at the cutting edge of technology saving clients millions of pounds and shaping industry practices.”
Paul Carter (second from the left) from award sponsor Kennedys presents Parsons Brinckerhoff’s special projects group with its prize.