The Martin Ashmead Prize: Celebrating 30 years of the Western Counties Region AM/CM Course

Published: 31/05/2017

Martin presents the prize to George Holland

Congratulations to George Holland, the first recipient of the Western Counties Regional Group's new "Martin Ashmead Prize". The award was presented by Martin Ashmead on 20 October 2016 at the University of Bristol.

The Prize is awarded annually to members of the Western Counties Regional Group who obtained the highest mark of the January and July sittings of the Chartered Membership (CM) Examinations and, when merited, a separate prize is presented for the Associate Membership (AM) Examination.

Those considered may sit the examination at any centre in the world, and are not obliged to attend the Regional Group's Spring Preparation Course, however analysis over the years shows a marked positive correlation between attendance on the course and passing the exam.  
Martin Ashmead gave his first lecture to the Western Counties Regional Group's AM/CM Preparation Course on 11 February 1986 and has been deeply involved ever since, attending most lecture sessions each year. 

The following are a few brief details of Martin's dedication to the Institution, to the Western Counties Regional Group and to supporting the education of younger engineers.

Martin Ashmead
Martin joined the Western Counties Committee in 1970 and has been a continuous and active member since that date. He therefore holds the record for the longest serving Committee Member since 1923 together with the record for the longest serving Committee Member of any Institution Regional Group since its foundation. This year he also celebrates 50 years of being a chartered structural engineer. He may also have attended more lectures than any other member since the founding of the Branch/Regional Group in 1923. His contributions to the Regional Group as a lecturer have been acknowledged by not less than four lecture prizes, the first in 1984 and most recent in 2014. He has also delivered numerous lectures to many other Regional Groups and to other professional bodies. 

Martin is noted his contribution in the December 1981 issue of The Structural Engineer entitled “Theory of Structures/Structural Behaviour Christmas Test”. This was the first time such a problem had been published. Its success provoked further similar tests set by Martin and these too were published in the magazine's Verulam section.

These tests have been regularly set for Regional Group CM/AM preparation course attendees since 1986. The Institution now offers structural behaviour tests online for all engineers to complement their academic knowledge and a formal exam is also offered to demonstrate achievement. Martin believes that in future all those sitting the CM examination should have passed the Institution's structural behaviour test. 

Those who are selected to receive The Martin Ashmead Prize are therefore part of a fantastic legacy inspired by recent and past generations of Institution of Structural Engineers members.  

I take this opportunity to remind all aspiring Chartered Members that the Regional Group preparation course is held in Bristol over six weeks every spring.  
Jeremy Crew IEng AMIStructE  

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