Engineering graduate receives Transporter Bridge Award

Pinchinthorpe Hall

Teesside University graduate Daniel Patton has been presented with the Tees Transporter Bridge Anniversary Award.

The Award was set up in 2013 in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), and Teesside University.

Over the years it has been presented to a final year civil engineering student who has demonstrated a high degree of innovation in their final year degree project at Teesside University.

BEng (Hons) civil engineering graduate Daniel is now working as a structural engineer at Fairhurst Engineers.

He said: “After four years of hard work, it is particularly nice to be awarded the Tees Transporter Bridge Anniversary Award, as something forever linking me with the Transporter Bridge and Teesside University.”

Daniel received his award of a trophy, certificate and £50 from ICE and CIHT representatives Paula McMahon, ICE North East vice-chair, and Nicola Hill, CIHT North-East and Cumbria chair.

Paula explained the Transporter Bridge Anniversary Award was recently reinvigorated following a suggestion from Tosh Warwick, of Heritage Unlocked.

It came about when he was speaking to Paula about Engineering Together which brings together professional engineering organisations to promote engineering and STEM.

Paula said: “We are delighted to continue to work together in collaboration with the University and engineering institutions to help enhance the profile of the Transporter Bridge, along with that of Teesside’s exceptional students.”

Valeria Bona, senior lecturer in sustainable construction and civil engineering in the university’s School of Computing, Engineering and Digital Technologies, said: “Daniel has demonstrated excellent performance throughout each of the six years of part-time study on the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree.

“His commitment to his studies was further demonstrated in a first-class submission for his final year project. Daniel’s individual project was an excellent and innovative submission, which involved the use of limit equilibrium modelling software as a more convenient/accessible way (compared with finite element) for analysing the stability of reinforced earth structures for overbridge construction.

“Having to successfully research and use an appropriate software, as well as making a submission with a high standard of content and presentation, has impressed the assessors that Daniel and his project are most worthy of this prize.”

Siobhan Fenton, associate dean for enterprise and business engagement in the School of Computing, Engineering and Digital Technologies, added: “This is a fantastic achievement for one of our students.

“It supports our ongoing partnerships with key engineering organisations in the region.”