Congratulations are in order for Angelica Salas, the winner of The Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) Student Essay Competition 2014.
Salas, who is a student at the University of Wolverhampton, was announced as the winner late last week at a special lunch event at the Royal Institution of British Architects.
Over 100 entrants took part in the competition, with just a tenth of them making it to the final judging stage. Judges included Chair of the JCT Peter Hibbard and Stephen Radley, Director of Policy and Strategic Planning at CITB-Construction Skills.
The competition ran from September 2013 to March 2014 and applicants had to tackle the assignment topic “What could be done to simplify construction?” within a 2,500 word limit. Salas’ entry was entitled: “What could be done to simplify construction? Applying Lean thinking and BIM in construction”.
Any student at a professional or educational institution studying a degree, apprenticeship or vocational course relating to construction could enter the competition, with cash prizes up for grabs. Two runners-up received £250 with Salas scooping a £1000 prize.
Discussing why they chose Salas, the judging body commented and said: “What we liked best about this essay was the originality of the idea, and the clear way it was expressed throughout, pulling elements of BIM and Lean Construction together in a well thought, cohesive way. It answered the topic head-on, and provided a practical and interesting solution.”