A delegation from the Institute of Civil Engineers, United Kingdom (ICE UK) recently visited the Brunei Temburong Bridge Project, which will connect the Brunei-Muara and Temburong districts via the Brunei Bay, upon completion by the end of 2019.
This ‘Engineering Wonder’ is seen as a potential candidate for the ICE People Choice’s Award, a leading industry award for projects that have had a transformative effect on the built environment.
Previous winners include Scotland’s Forth Road Bridge re-opening project and New Zealand’s Kaikoura earthquake recovery in moving mountains to reconnect community projects – both exceptional schemes that received broad public support.
The ICE People’s Choice Award is a recognition of excellence in global civil engineering, which showcases the societal benefits of the project and provides an opportunity to promote it to the wider public.
Project entries for the ICE People Choice’s Award should demonstrate the innovation, creativity and social value, while embedding a culture of safety, inclusion and sustainability; and how the project has made a difference to the locality of the project, both economically and to the lives of local communities.
The delegation’s visit came after the presentation of the ICE Training Scheme Renewal to the Ministry of Development and the Memorandum of Cooperation Signing between ICE UK and the Brunei Institution of Surveyors, Architects and Enginners (PUJA Brunei) last week.
The ICE UK delegates were on a regional visit that included Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore, following the recent South East Asia Regional Strategy Meeting (RSM) in Kuala Lumpur, which seeks to further develop the framework of cooperation and interaction of ICE throughout the region.
The meeting was attended by Matthew Colton (ICE Council Member representing Asia Pacific), Tim Warren (ICE Regional Committee Chair), Patrick Courtney (ICE International Membership Recruitment Manager) and Theban Arumugam, (SEA Business Development Manager), as well as ICE representatives from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
Brunei Darussalam was represented by Bahrin Mohammad, who was appointed earlier this year by the London-based ICE International Committee, as the ICE representative for Brunei.