Inspiring careers in civil engineering

JBA Trust were delighted to support the inaugural Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) David Butler Award, designed to inspire young people to consider careers in civil engineering.

The competition for 16 to 18 year olds took place in Autumn 2021 and involved teams of students taking part in two elements:

– playing ‘CityZen’, an online city management game to help improve congestion, sustainability and happiness in a fictional city
– creating a video, using knowledge gained from playing ‘CityZen’, to provide a solution to improve their local area in an innovative and informative way

The winners were announced at a virtual award ceremony, hosted by Ortis Deley, presenter of The Gadget Show and Ed McCann, ICE President on Monday 7th February 2022.

The first prize included a coastal wave tank donated by JBA Trust and we were delighted to present it to the winners, Oliver Markham, Timon Piercy, Jack Ross and Rex Vickerman, Year 12 students at St John’s Marlborough School, Wiltshire on Wednesday 16th March.


We provided wave tank training to the winning team and their peers and were pleased to run wave tank demonstrations for a range of year groups. The tank will be used by a variety of departments to help students learn about the science behind coastal flooding and how civil engineers can help to reduce flood risk to communities.

Rob Lamb, JBA Trust Managing Director and member of the judging panel for the video element of the competition commented “Every one of the teams offered something excellent and creative; it was a pleasure to support the ICE in this inspiring award programme.”