CW Awards 2015: Engineer of the Year crowned
BIM-savvy engineer scoops prestigious honour in Dubai
John Makaronas of Atkins was crowned Engineer of the Year at the Construction Week Awards 2015, held on Wednesday, 9 December at InterContinental – Dubai Festival City.
This is Makaronas’s second award for the year – he was also recognised as MEP Middle East’s Mechanical Engineer of the Year 2015.
At Atkins, Makaronas has benchmarked the use of BIM as a design tool in the Dubai Opera and Riyadh Metro projects to demonstrate the feasibility, integrity, and consistency of his solutions.
He was also instrumental in providing sustainable solutions for Dubai Metro stations to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.
His simulations and analysis returned annual savings up to 18% on cooling and 25% on electric energy with the minimum payback period.
Judges hailed Makaronas for his impressive portfolio of “often complex” projects.
As one judge said: “Through sharing his knowledge, he internally mentors Atkins, along with providing external guidance on the concept of model technical computing to participating engineers.”
Remarking upon receiving his award, Makaronas said: "I’m really speechless to receive this award if I am being honest, and that is due to the calibre of the people who have entered.
"I think the reason I have received this accolade is that I am part of a team which really rises to challenges."
Makaronas continued: "This part of the world is the right place to [rise to challenges] as there is so much room to experiment when it comes to projects.
"You can see and realise your own limits and then look beyond them," he added.
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Tom Sweeney was highly commended in this category, where other shortlisted nominees included KEO’s Ali Shaukat, Arcadis’s David Williams, Black & White Engineering’s Iain MacDougall, and Parsons’s Najdat Othman.
An independent panel of eight judges made up of industry professionals from across the GCC and throughout the construction sector came up with the final decision in each of the 14 categories.
Construction Week Awards 2015 was supported by Platinum Sponsors FAMCO and Arcadis, Gold Sponsors Liebherr GENAVCO, Nora, ALEC and Logical Contracting, Category Sponsors Projacs, Kone, Aecom, Atkins, Soprema and Brookfield Multiplex, Official Aluminium Extruder NAPCO, Supporting Association The Chartered Institute of Building, and Social Media Sponsor, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.