The final preparations for the 2015 GE Next Generation Awards are – at the time of writing – in full swing. Full details of the winners are available at geplus.co.uk/skill-hub and will also be published in the Jan/Feb issue of GE.
These awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the talent already in the industry and create a platform for the sector to demonstrate the opportunities that ground engineering offers. However, for me there is another very satisfying aspect to these awards – watching how past candidates develop and flourish professionally.
Earlier this month I was invited to the Federation of Piling Specialists’ (FPS) Crossrail Lessons Learnt event, the findings of which will feature in the next issue of GE. However, it was the speakers that held my interest, specifically two who were past finalists from the Young Geotechnical Engineer of the Year category during the time I have been editing GE. It was great to see how both were confidently taking to the stage alongside other speakers with considerably more years of experience and holding their own to deliver real insights into the work on Crossrail.
Involving younger engineers in events like the recent FPS conference are essential to ensure the lessons from major projects like Crossrail are not only learnt but acted upon in the long term.
Although you will have to wait until next month to read about what speakers at the FPS event feel the industry should repeat and build on from Crossrail, in this issue we have our first technical paper focused on learnings from Crossrail. While there will be fewer opportunities for GE to cover Crossrail in the news and features sections, I do expect there to be a wealth of knowledge to continue to flow through GE’s technical papers in the coming years.