Pitch 200: North West winner sways judges with bottle of wine

An innovative and entertaining explanation about the impact of civil engineering won the North West Pitch 200 title.

Pitch 200 North West: won by Joanna Bateman with runner up Husain Bensaud (holding their certificates)
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Pitch 200 North West: won by Joanna Bateman with runner up Husain Bensaud (holding their certificates)
WSP’s Joanna Bateman reached for a bottle of wine to demonstrate how civil engineering helps us enjoy the things we love most and impacts ‘pretty much everything’ to win the North West round of Pitch 200.

From industrial sites where manufacturing takes place to infrastructure that gets the product from A to B, the important contribution that civil engineers make was made clear in an informative and entertaining way. Joanna even managed to include the role of sewers –  when a trip to the toilet is required after drinking the wine.

Manchester University student  Husain Bensaud was runner-up after he used straws to show the loading capacity of timber in a convincing pitch on the benefits of using cross laminated timber in construction.

Six other contestants gave a unique spin on civil engineering:
  • Aecom’s Alison Waterworth performed an ode to civil engineering and civil engineers entirely in prose
  • Laing O’Rourke’s Andreaa Nestian gave a whistle-stop tour of waste water treatment
  • Costain’s Gemma Small showcased origami-based engineered cardboard for use in structures
  • Curtins' Jake Busby gave an insight into a typical day for an engineer and the technology you can now use
  • Jobert Fermillian, and his alter ego Gino the Chef, made a concrete cake topped with facts and figures
  • Arup’s Katie Goode used LEGO buildings, watering cans and more to make us all think about surface water management

ICE North West Regional Chair and Pitch 200 judge Alan Williams said: “Each pitch was brilliant and innovative in its own way and, without doubt, helped give the audience a clearer picture of what civil engineering is about. It was incredibly hard to select a winner because there was so much quality on show. Joanna’s ‘Bringers of Wine’ pitch won because it highlighted how much civil engineers do and how we can take this for granted.”

Joanna will go forward as ICE North West's regional ambassador for 2019 and compete in the London final later this year.

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