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March 9, 2023
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Stefánia Dein

The Steel Lion Award expanded in 2023

The Steel Lion Award is an international competition for steel structural engineers, but this year, students can also apply in a separate category. Our aim is to engage the Consteel community on a wider scale. This award recognizes creative parametric solutions in the field of steel structure design, promoting innovation, creativity, and excellence. This year the competition is open for submissions again until March 20 so don’t hesitate to apply! The winners will be announced at the International Consteel Meetup on March 30. This article provides an overview of the development of our incentive programs and their contribution to the cultural sector.

About the award

The award was launched last year with great success and 30 steel structure models from different industries were submitted in 2022. The Steel Lion Award is an innovative program designed to recognize and motivate skilled structural engineers from around the world to showcase their best projects at Consteel. Considering our extensive user base, which includes both local and international markets, we want to give all users the opportunity to enter their exceptional work into the competition. On February 1, we re-launched The Steel Lion Award, and from this year, students can enter their diplomas alongside Hungarian and international projects.

I started laying the foundations of the Consteel software about 40 years ago. At first, I worked alone, and then with the help of more and more students. I thought I would use my knowledge of steel structure and mechanics to create software that engineers could use as a simple tool. At the time, I had no idea that we would create a system that could even teach its creators. Today, I’m afraid that the software knows much more about the behavior and strength of steel structures than I do. Consteel is a true MASTER worth learning from, and The Steel Lion Award initiative is an excellent opportunity for all students and practicing engineers to showcase their achievements with this master.

– said Ferenc Papp PhD, jury member, the father of Consteel and DSc of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

How to apply with your project?

To apply with your project, it is free for everyone in 2023, with the prerequisite that the company must have a live Consteel license. A company can apply for the award with more than one project, and in that case, an application form must be completed for each project. The end of structural design (e.g., finished model) for all projects should be within the previous 5 years. The size of the project or the size of the Consteel model is not a key factor during the evaluation, so smaller projects with creative, unique solutions are warmly welcome. Applications will close on March 20 and will be reviewed by the professional jury.

An international Consteel team of structural engineering professionals and academic professors will evaluate the submitted projects. All projects that use scripting technologies (Pangolin or Descript) in their solution will be automatically evaluated for the Pangolin Award. We believe that this new technology is the future of structural steel design and that it is essential to promote its uptake and spread within the profession. The winners will be announced during the International Consteel Meetup on March 30. You can already see the detailed program of this event by clicking here.

How to apply with your diploma?

To apply with your diploma, your thesis should be written between January 2021 and February 2023. The new Steel Lion Award will include all ConSteel-related competitions and contests, including the Hungarian User Day contest or Diploma Competition, to create a high-level, internationally recognized professional or graduate award for the Consteel user community. If you are a student or have graduated in the last 2 years, you do not need to have a live Consteel license. The diplomas will not be evaluated together with the real projects submitted by experienced professionals. Applications will also close on March 20.

Celebrating community and excellence in structural engineering

The winner of each category will be announced at the International Consteel Meetup on March 30, 2023. We believe that the power of community multiplies the performance of individuals. That is why we consider community building important in the field of structural engineering, and an important step is to share our results with each other. This is perhaps the most important part of The Steel Lion Award, to show each other what and how we work in Consteel. That is why we have created a new website where the submitted and collected models can be viewed in a spectacular online viewer. For more details on this prestigious award, please visit the website.

The author

Stefánia Dein

Responsible for developing the marketing strategy and communication. Her goal is to make Consteel better targeted and well-known. She works closely with sales and design. Always open to new ideas.

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