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CEEQUAL International version launched

The new international version of the CEEQUAL Assessment and Awards scheme was launched in February 2011.

It will enable assessment of a wide range of projects in many different countries, wherever there is demand, but with particular emphasis on the Gulf states, Eastern Europe and South East Asia, where clients, contractors and consultants are increasingly seeking proven independent assessment techniques to help demonstrate improved sustainability performance.

An introduction to CEEQUAL International will form part of the free CEEQUAL Seminar at the ICE on 14th March, which coincides with the launch of the Term Contracts Version and the first Outstanding Achievement Awards Dinner.

For more information about CEEQUAL International please visit the CEEQUAL website.

To discuss how CEEQUAL International could be applied to your projects, please contact Roger Venables or call us on +44 (0)20 3137 2379.

CEEQUAL Assessor Training Courses

CEEQUAL seeks to improve the sustainability of civil engineering and public realm projects and publicly recognises the achievement of high environmental and social performance.

The Scheme is managed jointly by Crane (and Crane Associates) and CIRIA on behalf of CEEQUAL Ltd, with Crane's Managing Director Roger Venables as Chief Executive.

The Assessment for a CEEQUAL Award has to be undertaken by a trained and certified Assessor. The 2-day CEEQUAL Assessor training courses are held regularly throughout the UK.

Forthcoming training course dates are listed below. Click on the date to register and pay by credit card through CEEQUAL's secure online shop, or visit the CEEQUAL website to download a booking form.

The course fee is £1,395+VAT per person, which includes lunch and refreshments on both days, a copy of the CEEQUAL Manual, supporting course handouts and five hours of personalised mentoring by a Verifier during the Assessorís first assessment.

Accommodation is not included. The courses usually run from 9.15am for a 9.30am start to 5.15pm on Day 1, and from 9.00am to 4.30pm on Day 2.

The 2-day training course is also available to anyone who does not plan to become a CEEQUAL Assessor but wishes to gain detailed awareness of how CEEQUAL works and the benefits that can accrue from its use. In this case, participants are welcome to attend the 2-day event as a self-contained course, without the mentoring phase, at the reduced fee of £795+VAT.

Following the training course, all delegates who have reached the required standard will be issued with a Certificate of Course Completion. A CEEQUAL Assessor Certificate will then be issued on completion of the mentoring during the trainee Assessorís first CEEQUAL assessment.

Larger companies who wish to train several of their staff to become CEEQUAL Assessors may also arrange in-house courses to be held at their premises on request. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this possibility or request a quotation.

The CEEQUAL Manual for Projects, Version 4, can be downloaded from the CEEQUAL website.

For more information about CEEQUAL, including details of awards made so far, please visit

Jean Venables honoured with CBE for services to civil engineering

Crane's Chairman, Dr Jean Venables, was awarded a CBE in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours List. This follows her MBE in 1997 for Services to Civil Engineering and her OBE in 2004 for services to flood defence.

Jean was the first woman in the 190-year history of the Institution of Civil Engineers to be elected ICE President. Her major theme during her ICE Presidential Year was climate change – and especially the need for both mitigation of CO2 emissions and adaptation to the predicted effects, and the crucial role of engineers and related disciplines in delivering both.

Jean is one of the UK’s leading experts on strategic flood risk management. From 1994 to 2003, she was Chairman of the Regional Flood Defence Committee of the Environment Agency, Thames Region. She initiated and was then an expert advisor to the Thames Estuary 2100 Project that culminated last year in a plan for flood risk management in the Thames Estuary through to the year 2100.

Her extensive experience of the Thames has been further utilised through her Chairmanship of the Thames Estuary Partnership, an organisation that brings together individuals and organisations with different, sometimes-competing interests for the benefit of the Thames Estuary and its people.

In her role as Chief Executive of the Association of Drainage Authorities (ADA), a major activity has been participation in the Pitt Review following the 2007 floods, leading to an influencing role in the passage of the new Flood & Water Management Act 2010.

Jean Venables looks forward to continuing to assist the UK in tackling the challenges of strategic flood risk management, and to contributing to Crane’s work in strategic consultancy assignments, advice and support on responsible sourcing and training aimed at improving environmental and sustainability performance in construction.

Download the full press release issued on 14 June 2010 (pdf file).