CW Awards 2017: Engineer of the Year crowned
ConstructionWeekOnline reveals the winner of its Engineer of the Year Award, which was presented at the Construction Week Awards 2017 in Dubai
Atkins’s Peter Buchanan was named Engineer of the Year at the Construction Week Awards 2017.
Buchanan, who was also named Engineer of the Year at the Construction Week Oman Awards 2017 in March, was commended by our independent panel of judges for continuously challenging himself, and effectively applying his technical ability and leadership skills to a regional role.
One judge praised this year’s winning engineer for his success in creating “a huge amount of integration with his junior team”. Another was struck by Buchanan’s ability to value engineer projects for his clients without compromising on quality.
Buchanan, who heads Atkins’s civil infrastructure, water, and environment activities in the Middle East and India, commented: “I’m privileged to be in front of everybody and be recognised. It was an honour to be shortlisted in itself, and this is a top award.
“I hope I have been doing enough to pass on the skills I’ve acquired to our junior engineers because, ultimately, it’s always great to see someone embracing a new challenge. That should be in any company’s ethos.”
Aurecon’s Ben Hawkes was named this year’s Highly Commended Engineer.
Other shortlisted nominations included Al Faraa Contracting’s Clement Gunasekar; Dewan Architects’ Engi Jaber; Turner & Townsend’s Rebecca King; and Drake & Scull International’s (DSI) Shibu Varghese.
An independent panel of judges, comprising eight of the Middle East’s foremost construction experts, selected winners in 14 categories at the Construction Week Awards 2017.
The event was supported by Gold Sponsors ALEC, HPBS, HBF, EB, National Engineering Bureau (NEB), and Union National Bank (UNB); Silver Sponsors Arabtec, Depa, Future Metro, and WME Consultants; Category Sponsors Construction Computer Software (CCS), DeSimone Structural Engineers, JLG, Kone, Multiplex, and Ramboll; Social Media Partner, WSP; and Post-Event Celebration Sponsor, BAM International.