Research into Practice case study competition
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Research into Practice case study competition

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An opportunity for practicing structural engineers to showcase how research has been successfully applied in their projects.

Have you been involved in a project where research was successfully applied in practice? Our case study competition celebrates the role that research plays in delivering great structural engineering projects worldwide.


Your case study could describe project-driven research and development, collaboration with academia and industry that led to practical outcomes in a built structure, or existing research that was applied in a new context.

Your case study should cover:

  • What you have been working on 
  • The issue your research addressed
  • The form of your research 
  • The benefits you achieved in practice
  • How you have met the judging criteria

Please be specific when describing project benefits and outcomes, defining the benefits either quantitatively or qualitatively relative to normal practice.

The case study can contain up to three images or diagrams and a maximum of 1500 words. Note: only the first three images or diagrams will be accepted.

Judges will consider:

  • New: the originality or difficulty of the scientific/technological uncertainty that was overcome in practice (or applied in a new context).
  • Usefulness: The benefits/outcomes that were achieved on the project, over and above the norm.
  • Collaboration: how did the author(s) work with others to take research into practice – be it academia, other engineers, disciplines, institutions, contractors, stakeholders etc.
  • Repeatable and scalable: how readily could the research or innovation be applied again elsewhere?
  • Communication: is the idea clearly presented and readily shareable?

More information

Contact the technical team.

Previous winners


The report of the 2022 Research into Practice Award winner. The project details the development a progressive collapse framework for the analysis of high risk projects.

Publish Date – 24 April 2023


The report of the 2020 Research into Practice Award winner. The project investigated how to undertake higher yield steel reinforcement and its implementation at HS2's Old Oak Station.

Publish Date – 23 October 2020


The report of the 2019 Research into Practice Award winner. The project report covers the development of  accurate assessment and design procedures for FRP retrofit solutions. The project outcomes were incorporated in to the Turkish Earthquake Code and New Zealand Seismic Assessment Guidelines to be used by structural engineers.

Publish Date – 23 October 2020