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YTL Chief awarded Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers

   
Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh and David Orr handling the award

London, February 11, 2008

Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh, managing director of YTL?Corp Bhd?was awarded Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers today. He was the only Asian recipient of this prestigious award and there were 27 others from Britain and around the world who received the Fellow of ICE award. David Orr, the president of ICE presented the award during the award ceremony held at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London.

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Fellow is the highest grade of membership of the Institution and may be awarded if you are, or have been, engaged in a position of responsibility in the promotion, planning, design, construction, maintenance or management of important engineering work. In the case of direct admission to the class of Fellow, you must be actually engaged in such a position of responsibility.

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Attributes of a fellow

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A fellow have reached the levels described in at least one and in most cases more than one of the following:

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in order to fulfil your obligation to society and to meet the requirements of Health, Safety and Welfare legislation you must have a sound knowledge and understanding of the construction process together with the activities connected to it. You must have an appreciation of and be able to identify and manage risks arising as a consequence of your actions

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have organisational responsibility for the performance of a significant portfolio of projects including financial outcomes

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be responsible as designer or contractor for a major project or a project of national or international significance whether by virtue of its strategic nature or its use of innovative techniques

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have full delegated responsibility for a business or business unit including the management of the organisation to achieve corporate objectives and the creation and use of systems and processes to benchmark, learn and ensure continuous improved performance

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be responsible for or significantly involved with the creation of corporate vision and objectives and the development of management organisational structure

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be able to lead marketing and promotional management to clients and market sectors to maximise business opportunities and potential

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demonstrating exceptional leadership skills in their ability to select, motivate and inspire people within their organisation to maximise performance and through excellent communication skills achieve recognition from business associates, clients, the media and the public

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have commercial responsibility for pricing, bidding and managing the profitability of work either for major projects or a significant portfolio of smaller works


   
The ICE headquarters at One Great George Street
be able to demonstrate an acknowledged expertise in a technical subject area

 

have played a leading role in the conception and development of new systems or techniques that have advanced the science or practice of engineering

 

have taken a significant role in the design or construction of technically complex and innovative works

 

have undertaken fundamental or applied research that has advanced the body of engineering knowledge

 

have a significant role in the development or delivery of engineering education and training

 

have made a major contribution to the promotion, management or administration of the civil engineering profession either through the Institution or a similar body

 

through your work with public or voluntary bodies have effectively demonstrated the contribution and value of civil engineers to society

 

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is an independent professional association, based in central London, representing civil engineers and it was founded on January 2, 1818. Like its early membership, the majority of its current members are British engineers, but it also has members in more than 100 countries around the world.

The origin of this Institution was taken in 1818 by three young engineers, Henry Robinson Palmer, James Jones and Joshua Field, who organised an inaugural meeting on 2 January 1818, at the Kendal Coffee House in Fleet Street. The institution made little headway until a key step was taken - the appointment of Thomas Telford as the first President of the body. Greatly respected within the profession and blessed with numerous contacts across the industry and in government circles, he was instrumental in drumming up membership and getting a Royal Charter for ICE in 1828. This official recognition helped establish ICE as the pre-eminent organisation for civil engineers.


   
Tan Sri Francis Yeoh at the ICE hall

Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh said: “This singular honour is indeed very precious to me. I thank my Lord Jesus for making this possible.  Our Lord Jesus worked as a carpenter or constructor up to the age of 30, before His preaching on the Kingdom of God. It shows in a way that God places importance of vocation and leadership of Christians in the market place too.

 

I would like to dedicate this honour to all the engineers and constructors in the YTL Group. They have made YTL one of the most respectable infrastructure and utilities group in the world. In fact we have engineers in 3 continents managing engineering services for 10 million customers.They are my unsung heroes.

 

Civil engineers had always contributed much to society in the past. Who can forget Joseph Bazalgette, who as chief engineer of London’s Metropolitan Board of  Works in 1856, created a sewer network for Central London which helped relieve the city from cholera epidemics. His work arguably saved more lives than doctors at that time. He was the President of the Institution of Civil engineers in 1883.

 

Therefore, engineers must continue to use their skills and especially their conscience today to help humanity battle the pernicious effects of global warming by designing and building sustainable and eco friendly infrastructure and superstructures. Unsung heroes as we are, our hands must continue to be on the plough and look forward to building a better world for our future generations. I know they are counting on us.”

 

 

Romeo H. Baguio/YTLcommunity news

Reporting from London

Email: royba@ytlesolutions.com



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