Innovative engineers won top honours for outstanding contributions to mitigating climate change and enhancing Singapore’s liveability

The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) today announced the six winning projects of the IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards 2019, recognising the outstanding contributions of local engineers to advancing engineering and enhancing quality of life of Singaporeans.

Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources and Ministry of Health, presented the awards to the winning teams at the World Engineers Summit (WES) 2019 Conference Dinner today as the event guest-of-honour. More than 800 engineers, industry professionals, business leaders, academia and policy makers from 12 countries were in attendance.

This year’s winning projects have demonstrated excellence in tackling pressing issues of climate change and urbanisation, with technological innovations to reduce carbon emissions; enhance energy and water resilience; and improve waste management efficiency.

For delivering distinctive impact to the well-being of people and communities, these winners emerged from 16 project submissions that entered into an intensive round of evaluation by a judging panel comprising industry experts. The judges accorded the highest ratings to these teams for resourcefulness in the planning and solving of design problems; pioneering use of materials and methods; innovations in planning, design and construction; and unique aspects and aesthetic values.

“Engineering is the backbone of Singapore’s urban transformation. This year’s winners represent the most remarkable engineering achievements in sustainable urban development in the private, public and academic sectors. IES hopes that the recognition will inspire more local engineers to create an even more sustainable and liveable city for our people,” said Prof Yeoh Lean Weng, President of IES.

The 2019 winning teams are:

Technology Innovation

  • Development of floating platform for use in reservoir and coastal marine conditions by Housing & Development Board
  • Next generation of hybrid air conditioners for tropics – cooling with heat by Ecoline Solar Pte Ltd

Engineering Project

  • Demonstration plant for Tuas WRP at Ulu Pandan by Black & Veatch and AECOM
  • Implementation of Pneumatic Waste Conveyance System (PWCS) at Yuhua by Housing & Development Board

Applied Research and Development

  • EWaT – Electrochemical treatment targeted at “hard-to-treat” industrial wastewater by National University of Singapore
  • Integrated multi-physics approach for urban microclimate modelling by Housing & Development Board; Institute of High Performance Computing, A*STAR and Institute for Infocomm Research, A*STAR

Two projects out of this year’s winning teams will be selected for the ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Awards 2019 and receive their awards during the 37th Conference of ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (CAFEO) to be held from September 11 to 14 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The WES 2019 Conference Dinner marked the second day of the biennial summit held from 28 to 30 August 2019. Themed ‘Engineering Future Cities – Harnessing and Managing Technologies to Improve Quality of Life’, the conference has provided a platform for the exchange of ideas and knowledge amongst the world’s engineers to build smarter and more sustainable cities for the world’s rapidly growing urban population.