The winners have been announced for the Chartered Institute of Buildingâs (CIOB) 2016 International Innovation & Research Awards, recognising the best innovators and researchers working in the built environment and what they have been doing in relation to their contribution to industry practice and the academic knowledge base.
The competition received over 160 entries from 18 different countries for the 2016 awards, and cash prizes of up to £2,000 were handed out to the six winners of the Premier Awards â the accolades that recognise outstanding achievement in each particular field.
The Premier Award winners included Chloe Smith & Robert Jones for Fulton Hoganâs New Innovation Strategy, Dr Jozef Dobos and Tim Scully for their Open Source BIM Platform and Tony Burke and Rob Garvey from the University of Westminster. Sheffield Hallam Universityâs Mark Lee & Stephen Hetherington also picked up a Premier Award, as well as Gemma Small and Neil Currie from the University of Salford and finally Guillermo Tardio and Slobodan Mickovski from Glasgow Caledonian.
Comments from the judging panel following the announcement of the results were, The entries to the CIOB I&R Awards continue to impress and surpass expectations. Itâs immensely encouraging to see both a high volume and quality of applications across each category. Each of the finalists was able to demonstrate clearly to the panel the value of their research or innovation to professional practice. We extend our congratulations to all those recognised by the awards â on what is a truly fantastic achievement.
The aim of these awards is to raise performance levels, encourage best practice and improve the quality of the built environment, which is key for the industry. The amount of entries this year suggests how important companies feel this sort of recognition is for them, and therefore you can expect some stiff competition for 2017!