The awards recognise individuals, teams, campaigns, initiatives, publications and events and celebrate excellence in how FIDIC’s global member associations serve their member firms and other stakeholders.
Speaking at the awards presentation in Singapore, FIDIC president Tony Barry said: “These awards, now in their fourth year, showcase, reward and highlight the achievements and successes of FIDIC’s global member associations and the work they do representing the global consulting industry. Our member associations have been playing an essential role in supporting their member firms over the past year and FIDIC is delighted to be recognising their brilliant work.”
Following a record number of entries in the competition this year, the 2023 Member Association Excellence Awards saw prizes presented across five categories as follows.
- Diversity and Inclusion Initiative
- Events and Conferences
- Significant or Outstanding Achievement
- Advocacy/Lobbying Campaign
- Industry Collaboration.
In the Diversity and inclusion initiative category, the judges named a winner and two special recognitions. The winner was the Women in Engineering initiative from the Council of Engineering Consultants of the Philippines. The judges were impressed by real evidence of action beyond the study and through the context and significance of the research, a movement for change had been built emphasing a long-term commitment to lasting change.
The two special recognitions in this category were awarded to The Building Inclusivity Campaign from the Association for Consultancy and Engineering UK and the Consult Australia Champions of Change and Mental Health Knowledge Hub.
In the Events and Conferences category the judges named a winner and a special recognition. The winner was the Association of Consulting Engineers of Zambia for their organisation of the 29th FIDIC Africa Infrastructure Conference 2023. The winning entry had wowed the judges for a world class event that was seriously well-run, had brilliant use of technology in real time and saw more than 50 papers submitted. Brilliant social events brought the industry together and the judges said this was an exemplar of how to run a FIDIC regional conference. The special recognition was awarded to Consulting Engineers South Africa for their CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards.
In the Significant or Outstanding Achievement category the judges named a winner and a special recognition. The winner was Digital Transformation for Transparency in Engineering and Architecture Management from the Colegio Federado de Ingenieros y de Arquitectos de Costa Rica (the Federated College of Engineers and Architects of Costa Rica). The judges were impressed with an extremely powerful initiative that executed a digital transformation process through an online platform, making a significant impact on the industry and users of the system. The special recognition was awarded to CI – For a United Colombia – Cámara Colombiana de la Infraestructura (the Colombian Chamber of Infrastructure).
In the Advocacy/Lobbying Campaign category and the Industry Collaboration category the judges awarded special recognitions only. The special recognition for Advocacy/Lobbying Campaign went to Seminar on Goodbye L1 from the Consulting Engineers Association of India, while the special recognition for Industry Collaboration was awarded to Sammen2030 / Together 2030 from The Norwegian Association for Consulting Engineering firms (RIF).
Concluding the presentation of the awards, FIDIC president Tony Barry thanked the record number of FIDIC member associations that submitted entries, congratulated all those who were successful and appealed for even more FIDIC member associations to enter the awards in 2024 in order to highlight their outstanding work on behalf of the global consulting engineering sector.
Editors’ note: Image shows representatives of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Zambia receiving their winning FIDIC MA Excellence Award for organising the 29th FIDIC Africa Infrastructure Conference 2023.
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FIDIC, the International Federation of Consulting Engineers, is the global representative body for national associations of consulting engineers and represents over one million engineering professionals and 40,000 firms in around 100 countries worldwide. The buildings and infrastructure sector in which FIDIC members work contributes around US$36trillion to global GDP.