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Editor's comment: Choose your winner!

One of the challenges of working in the ground engineering sector is explaining what we do to the wider world.

Our work iso often hidden below ground and topped by flashy structures that attract all the media attention. However, GE has a challenge for you that could help change that and, in doing so, influence who wins one of the GE Awards on 6 June.

We have showcased the shortlist for the Project of the Decade which marks the 10th anniversary of the GE Awards in 2018. It features a major project winner from each of the last 10 years – and you can decide on the winner. We want to you look at the contenders and vote for your favourite, as well as use the shortlist as inspiration to talk about the vital work this industry delivers to you rfriends, family, schools and communities –get them to vote too.

The shortlist presents the wide range of schemes this industry gets involved in and the benefits it delivers to society. It features some of the leading projects of the last decade including the Queensferry Crossing, Hindhead Tunnel and the Emirates Air Line.

Foundation challenges from commercial developments are represented by 10 Fenchurch Avenue, the Guildford Radisson Hotel, the Pinnacle (now 22 Bishopsgate) and Dartford Park.

Innovative management of the natural environment’s geotechnical challenges are highlighted in slope engineering at Lyme Regis, and the Hooley Cutting and ground stabilisation of Thrandeston Bog.

This shortlist is great material for you to talk to school children and motivate them to think about a career in engineering. It should give you plenty to talk to your friends and family about exactly what you do for a living and what inspires you.

If your company has delivered one of these shortlisted projects, I hope you will take details back to the communities you worked with to show them how well-respected the project is within the ground engineering sector.Through your discussions you can not only influence understanding geotechnics, you can also help sway the vote so your favourite scheme wins.

Don’t forget there is also time to enter the regular categories for the awards. 

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