Sustainable housing idea wins South East England Emerging Engineers Award 2020

Graduate Bridge Engineer Shaun Laksana has won the South East England Emerging Engineers final.  

Shaun Laksana
Shaun Laksana's presentation was based on a community project delivered by Ramboll in partnership with University College London and the charity Grenzeloos Milieu.

Shaun's winning presentation 'Delivering a Sustainable and Safe Bamboo House in Lombok, Indonesia,' was based on a community project delivered by Ramboll in partnership with University College London and the charity Grenzeloos Milieu.

The paper looked at the suitability of using bamboo housing in an earthquake prone area – with research findings looking in depth at the characteristics of the material, the importance of community engagement and circular economy.

The judges who included Martin Qualters FICE, Ayo Sokale MICE, Nerea Palacios MICE, Simon Bennett AMICE were impressed with his succinct presentation and his level of technical knowledge.

Shaun Laksana said:

“I am very honoured to be able to win this award especially having to compete against an inspiring paper and presentation. I would like to also give credit to all of those involved in this charity project and without them, this project would not happen. I hope that this Bamboo House project can inspire more people to implement their expertise to solve problems that can help those who are the most vulnerable.”

Shaun competed against Captain Claire Howard, a royal engineer, currently in Australia who presented on EcoBricks – a solution to use plastic waste as a building material. Both presentations focused on materials, sustainability and its practical applications for structures outside of the UK.

Shaun’s paper has now been submitted to the National Emerging engineers’ panel, with the final taking place in the autumn.

The competition was hosted as part of ICE President Paul Sheffield’s virtual visit to the South East region. The full day programme covered the main themes of Paul's Presidential year such as getting the basics right and the future of the profession.

This included an interactive excavation session for technicians looking at the dangers in this particular activity and the importance of retaining structures; embracing new technologies and the evolution of design; the practical steps taken in health, safety, and welfare on sites in the UK and Australia, as well as employment law and the impact of Covid-19 on its application.

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