The judging criteria is designed to ensure that the Structural Awards recognise and celebrate the immense skill structural engineers demonstrate across a vast range of structures.
All entries will be judged in response to four key attributes that exemplify structural engineering achievement:
Your entry may consider efficiency of design, sustainability, resilience, response to local conditions, regeneration, circular economy principles, alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
All entries must submit quantification of the embodied carbon footprint of the structure (not the whole project) using the IStructE carbon calculator tool.
Your entry may consider collaborative design and procurement, adding value for the client and stakeholders and/or impact on communities through local upskilling or creative problem-solving. How does this project benefit its end users and society more widely?
Your entry may consider technical achievement and innovation, influencing briefs to achieve desired outcomes, and/or the appreciation of craft and artistry in the final product. You could give examples of originality and the application of new and improved technologies and processes in the structural design, particularly where these have led to greater efficiency and economy in the solution.
Your entry answer may consider how the project/project team has inspired others, raised standards of design and execution, and/or enhanced the reputation of the profession. If you’ve used novel materials or technologies, then how will the wider profession benefit from this? Have you disseminated your design to others, shared knowledge outside the immediate project team or used this design educationally within or outside of your organisation?
It is recognised that some projects will demonstrate strength in response to one of the key attributes rather than relevance to all four. In order for the judging process to consider entries fairly, the scoring will be weighted towards the response to one of the four required attributes and the project submission's overall narrative.