Western Counties members receive awards

Published: 20/01/2016

(L-R) Simon Pitchers, David Brohn, Martin Ashmead

Congratulations to three members from Western Counties who were honoured with awards during 2015.

Chartered Structural Engineer, Dr David Brohn CEng, from Portishead near Bristol, was awarded the 2015 ‘President’s Award’ in recognition of his visionary approach to the education of students and graduates in structural engineering. It is only the second President’s Award ever made by the Institution.

David's 'Brohn Test' is used by educators and employers across the UK to measure and embed an understanding of structural behaviour in students and employees. 

President of The Institution of Structural Engineers, Professor Tim Ibell CEng, said:

“The concept of ensuring that our graduates have a profound understanding of structural behaviour has a long and interesting history within the Institution. But in the more modern era, there is one member who stands out as a visionary. 

“Dr David Brohn pioneered the ‘Brohn Test’, as it is affectionately known, in the early 1970s, leading the way in evidence-based tracking of the level of understanding of structural behaviour amongst graduates, ensuring that structural behaviour is learned in universities in an appropriate manner.

“His passion for the importance of this issue across the industry was far ahead of its time, and now that the Institution has its own Structural Behaviour Course firmly in place, it seems fitting that David be recognised appropriately for his pioneering work. It is with the greatest of pleasure that I have decided that Dr David Brohn should receive the President’s Award for 2015. It is a rare honour, and richly deserved.”

Dr Brohn said:

“I have been a member of the Institution for over 50 years and it has been a major part of my professional life, so I am pleased and honoured to receive this Award.”

Dr Brohn will receive the award at the Institution’s Annual ‘People and Paper Awards’ Luncheon to be held in London during June 2016.

A number of other members from the Western Counties Regional Group also received prizes during 2015:

Simon J Pitchers BSc(Hons) CEng MIStructE received the Institution’s ‘Lewis Kent Award’  for  his dedicated service.

The Institution’s Western Counties Regional Group also presented its own Lecture Awards to:

Martin P Ashmead CEng FIStructE FICE MRICS – for his lecture, “Building Collapses and Dangerous Structures”


Simon J Pitchers BSc(Hon) CEng MIStructE  - for his lecture, “Corrosion in Buildings”

Congratulations to all!


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