The nominees for this year’s Structural Awards showcase designs on the cutting edge of engineering
Briefing starts the week with the offer of good luck to Alstom who this week set up shop at London’s Waterloo station in a bid to lure recruits and spread the word about the company’s prowess.
This Wednesday the rail and energy company will be present on Waterloo’s concourse and hopes to engage with commuters about its involvement with London’s future through its considerable rail commitments in the capital.
These include maintenance contracts to overhaul and maintain the Northern Line fleet, the daily maintenance of West Coast Main Line Pendolinos, and the award one of Crossrail’s largest contracts for tunnel fit-out, and two further contracts for power supplies.
Consequently, the company is looking to hire around 200 London-based engineers, with graduates and apprentices forming a significant portion of this figure.
Alstom’s stand will be in the concourse at Waterloo Station from 0630-1930. Briefing wishes them the best of luck in halting the blinkered, swift-footed commuter hoards who alight from their trains and move through stations with the same unforgiving ferocity as a tornado.
British summers, like the last two series of CSI: Las Vegas, often show fleeting glimpses of brilliance but sadly revert to the kind of mediocrity that has one thinking things were better in years gone by. Then what happens? A sustained period of summer sun and high temperatures that has many looking forward to cooler days afforded by the autumn.
It’s those very days that Briefing looks to now, offering a pictorial glimpse at some of the shortlisted entries in this year’s Institution of Structural Engineers’ Structural Awards 2013.
The winners, to be chosen from entrants with projects in the UK, Germany, Georgia, China and Antarctica, will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on 15 November 2013.
In publicity material Y.K. Cheng, president of The Institution of Structural Engineers said, ‘Structural engineers make an absolutely vital contribution ensuring that our urban environments are safe and secure yet their work often goes unrecognised.
‘The Institution of Structural Engineers holds The Structural Awards each year to showcase the dizzying variety of challenging environments in which engineers work and the highly complex structures they help to raise.
‘The aim is to recognise the astonishing range of skills that characterise our global profession, raise awareness among the general public, and encourage young people into exciting structural engineering careers.’
Four of the shortlisted entries are shown below and the full list is available here.