Critical analysis was the name of the game as the MEP Middle East Awards judging panel cast an expert eye over this year’s shortlist.
An afternoon of in-depth analysis was punctuated by riveting discussion and impassioned exchanges as each judge highlighted the technical excellence that has underlined the quality of the 2020 submissions.
Each judge brought their own area of expertise to the table, and the combined input led to a refreshing analysis of the industry as a whole and which direction it is now heading.
CIBSE Membership Champion and director at AECOM, Reid Donovan, said: “For me there had to be something in the submission that gave it that ‘wow’ factor.
“Also the way it was presented was important; I’ve been involved in writing presentations in the pass so I know how much effort goes in personally.
“Innovation as well – I was looking for key elements of innovation, be it from an individual or at a project level. They are the areas I was highlighting during my decision making process.”
Majd Fayyad, who is Technical Manager for Emirates Green Building Council, added: “This year, despite Covid-19 challenges, many applicants demonstrated high standards in terms of sustainability, automation, digitalization, and efforts put to adapt to the new norm of working.
“The GCC Project of the Year, Sustainability Project of the Year, and Retrofit Project of the Year were closest categories to my heart, not only because of their sustainability principles, but because of the commitment to de-carbonization.”
Dr. Sabih Gatea Khisaf, Chairman of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UAE Branch), placed great value on an applicant’s enthusiasm when assessing nominations.
He said: “Without enthusiasm you cannot get anywhere. Plus, commitment to the industry; without commitment people will not look after themselves or the people next to them.
“Therefore, commitment will mean they develop themselves and the people around them.
“The Young Engineer stood out as one of the strongest category because there was a lot of contenders for future engineers and project managers of the industry.
“The quality of submission was very good. It gave me satisfaction that we are in good hands for the future.”
Final judge Mandarr Agshikar, Director Middle East for AMCA international, said the evaluation process was one of the most thorough he has been involved with.
He said: “There was a lot of interesting nominations that have come in. Excellence doesn’t have a finish line and this is what we were looking at in the nominations.
“For me, all applicants were winners. I really appreciate the efforts they make. The thing I like most about the MEP Awards is the zeal with which they apply for the awards.”
MEP Middle East Awards winners will be announced at the JW Marriott Marquis on 30 September.