Sir Arnold Waters Medal

The Sir Arnold Waters Medal is an annual prize that recognises the best presentations to have won a Regional Group award. 

Entries are now open for Regional Groups to submit their award-winning presentations. The Judging Panel will award the Medal to the presentation that is considered the best of the best from 2018.

Submit your Regional Group’s entry to the Panel Secretary at

The judges will consider clarity and presentation, value as a contribution to the art and science of structural engineering, and extent of the author’s responsibility for the work described.


Deadline 28 February 2019
Eligibility Presentations which have won a Regional Group award
Presentations must be submitted by a Regional Group representative
All authors must be Members of the Institution (any grade)
Prize The prestigious Sir Arnold Waters Medal
Presentation by the President at the People and Papers Awards 2019
Coverage in The Structural Engineer
Entry format The submission may take the form of a written paper (.pdf or .doc) or electronic presentation
Further Guidance   Guidance for Regional Groups




About the Competition

This year sees the centenary of Sir Arnold Waters’, then Major Waters of the 218th Field Company Royal Engineers, feat of engineering valour at the Second Battle of the Sambre in World War One. Sir Arnold and the last remaining member of his Company finished construction of a temporary bridge under point-blank machine gun fire and miraculously survived. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery.

Sir Arnold went on to become the only twice-tenured President of the Institution, receive an OBE, as well as have a long career in structural engineering. This Medal is awarded in honour of his achievements.

Previous winners

2018 award winner

  • Paul Fast for his paper ‘Timber engineering innovations in structural timber design and construction'

2017 award winners

  • Martin Paul Ashmead, for his paper ‘Building Collapses & Dangerous Structures
  • William John Harvey for his paper ‘They said it couldn’t be done: Elevarch
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