FAQs

We’ve answered the most common questions about the Structural Awards. Click on a question to see the answer or contact us at events@istructe.org or on +44 (0)20 7201 9824 if you need more information.

What is the judging process?
The Structural Awards has a three-stage judging process. All entries are reviewed by a panel of eminent judges. The highest scoring entries will then be evaluated by a ‘sitting judging panel’ to establish the shortlist. Any judges with a possible conflict of interest with any of the shortlisted projects will not serve on the final judging panel who will select the winners.
 
What are the judging criteria?
Entries should focus on the structural engineering characteristics of the project. The judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

 

  • Excellence: characteristics that place the structural engineering solution well beyond the ordinary, including demonstrable examples of how the structural design enabled the project to meet or exceed the client's expectations.
 
  • Creativity and innovation: 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.
 
  • Elegance and detailing: engineering structures which demonstrate technical and/or visual elegance, including in the attention to detail, or which contribute to the elegance of the overall design solution.
 
  • Sustainability: structural solutions which implement sustainable techniques and technologies, as demonstrated through efficiency, the specification of materials, recycling and reuse, socio-economic factors, carbon reduction and other factors.
 
  • Value: economic viability and value for money in the structural solution, as well as non-financial indicators of value.

What are the awards categories?
The categories are designed by the judges to place a strong emphasis on the structural characteristics of a project, rather than the type of structure.
 
Visit the Categories page for more information.
 
What type of project is suitable for entry?
The Structural Awards welcome entries from around the world in all categories and is open to small and large projects. Judging is based on merit not scale. The project entered, however, should have been completed or be due for completion during the identified eligibility time frame.
 
When can I enter?
The Structural Awards 2018 is open for entries on Wednesday 24 January 2018. The deadline for entries is 17:00 GMT on Monday 16 April.
 
Why enter?
The Structural Awards highlight the achievements and successes of the structural engineering industry through the quality and calibre of the projects entered. From small-scale extensions to complete refurbishments of listed buildings and the development of new iconic structures, the Structural Awards celebrate the accomplishments of the industry’s most innovative structural engineers.

Entering the Structural Awards affords the opportunity of being associated with the continued growth and success of this annual occasion, highlighting the creativity and ingenuity of the structural engineering community.

You will also have the opportunity to raise your profile via the publicity that the Institution carries out for The Structural Awards. This includes shortlisted and winners’ details on the Institution’s website, and a feature in The Structural Engineer, which is available to all our members.

If your project is shortlisted, commended or wins an award, you will have achieved the defining recognition of excellence in structural engineering.
 
Who can enter?
Any company can submit a project. The entry must have a named structural engineer who is a member of The Institution of Structural Engineers. This person must be the project representative. All grades of membership are accepted.
 
Do I need to be a member of The Institution of Structural Engineers to enter?
Entries must have a named structural engineer who is a member. All grades of membership are accepted.

If you are not currently a member of the Institution, rest assured it is quick and easy to join. We have a variety of types and grades of membership you could consider. Find out more about membership.

If you want to join the Institution to be able to make a submission to the Structural Awards 2018 and gain access to the benefits of membership quickly, we recommend the following two types of membership for consideration at this time.  

Graduate Membership is ideal for engineers who have completed an accredited (or recognised) structural and/or civil engineering degree or the equivalent. Graduate Members can work towards becoming professionally qualified. Find out more about the benefits of professional membership.

The Institution’s Affiliate Scheme offers those in a field associated with structural engineering, such as architects or civil engineers, closer association with the profession. You might also be a structural engineer not aiming to become professionally qualified or already be a member of another professional association. Find out more about the Affiliate Scheme.

Note - as the member named on the submitted project must be a practising structural engineer, we are unable to accept Student Member backed submissions.
 
Can I enter my project in to more than one category?
Each entry can be submitted in up to two categories. You must demonstrate how your project meets the judging criteria for chosen categories in your illustrated report.

Projects can be entered for consideration in 12 principal categories only. In addition, the judges will consider all entries for the three special awards.

Visit the Categories page for more information.
 
Can I enter more than one project?
There are no restrictions on the number of projects that can be entered. Each project may be submitted under any one or two of twelve principal categories. Candidates should identify the relevant category or categories (up to a maximum of two) on the application form.
 
Can I submit my entry via hard copy?
No. We must receive your entry via the online system provided. If you have problems with our online system, please call the Events Team on +44 (0)20 7201 9824.
 
What is the deadline for entries?
The deadline for entries is 17:00 GMT on Monday 16 April 2018.
 
What is the charge to submit my project?
The entry fee is £290 + VAT. Each project can be entered into a maximum of two principal categories.
 
What forms of payment do you accept?
You have two payment options:
  1. Make an online payment via credit or debit card

  2. Bank transfer (BACS) via an invoice

Visit our online booking system for more information on payments.
 
I am submitting more than one project, can I pay for them all together?
Yes. Multiple entries can either be paid for individually or added together onto one online payment (maximum of 3 project entries per payment).
 
Are there any Terms & Conditions to be aware of?
Terms & Conditions of entry 2018

For any queries please contact the Events Team on events@istructe.org
 
When is the Structural Awards 2018 ceremony being held?
The Structural Awards 2018 Ceremony & Dinner will take place on Friday 16 November at a central London location.
 
When can I buy tickets to attend the Structural Awards?
Tickets will be available to purchase from 1 August 2018.
 
When will shortlisted projects be announced?
The shortlist for the Structural Awards 2018 will be announced on Wednesday 1 August. Entrants will be notified by email if shortlisted in advance of this.
 
Where can I find out more about The Institution of Structural Engineers?
The Structural Awards 2018 are organised and hosted by The Institution of Structural Engineers. The Institution is the world’s largest membership body dedicated to the art and science of structural engineering, with 27,000 members working in over 100 nations around the world.

Members of the Institution are highly-trained professionals. Each Chartered Member has passed one of the most demanding examinations of its kind and is required to continually develop his or her skill-set, maintaining a justified reputation as a world-class engineering specialist.

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