National Engineering Grand Prix

Launch of the 2018 National Engineering Grand Prix

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The Grand Prix National de l'Ingénierie - GPNI - rewards, every year since 2006, a team that has contributed to the design of either a product or an outstanding project in the field of industry or construction. The aim of this grand prize is to highlight French engineering in all its diversity and its components and thus to highlight the added value of intellectual engineering services, particularly in terms of research and development and innovation, as well as its economic and social impact.
 
Che competition is launched by the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition, the Ministry of Territorial Cohesion (General Council for the Environment and Sustainable Development - CGEDD) and the Ministry of the Economy and Finance (General Directorate for Enterprises - DGE), in partnership with Syntec-Ingénierie and in association with the group Le Moniteur. 
 
The deadline for applications is Wednesday 6 June 2018 at 12:00 noon.
The winning project will be at the concept stage, in progress or completed. Entries will be assessed according to the following criteria:
- the inventiveness, technology or innovation deployed;
- the multidisciplinary nature of the team and its ability to integrate tools, methods and skills;
- the specific contribution of the engineering function to the technical and economic feasibility of the project;
- the integration of sustainable development components into project engineering.
 
Anne-Marie LEVRAUT, Vice President of the General Council for the Environment and Sustainable Development, chairs the jury.
 
The National Engineering Grand Prix will be delivered on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at the Meet'Ingé, an event that brings together professionals, contractors and the general public.
 
The SETEC and Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) teams were awarded the Grand Prix 2017 for the new Paris Court. Designed to symbolize transparent, sober and orderly justice, the 170,000 m2 building is entirely clad with a crystalline façade, equipped with photovoltaic panels. It features an exceptional vertical slenderness of 1/17th for a height of 160 m. To build such a "trench building", a visionary design was needed with a division into three vertical blocks by expansion joints, a widening of the cores in the lower part to regain inertia, studies of high winds and the invention of three-level shear keys to guarantee the homogeneity of transverse movements.

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The Industry and Technology Consulting prize of the Grand Prix National de l'Ingénierie was awarded in 2017 to Alain Baudry and his team from the ENGAGE consortium for the Caradache ITER project: construction and innovation of the platform. Launched several years ago in Cadarache, the experimental project aims to develop a new, safe and sustainable energy source. It is based on the creation of a new type of power plant: a project entirely designed under a digital "3D as master" model, an exceptional anti-seismic insulation system (493 anti-seismic supports just for the Tokamak, a 30-metre high reactor weighing 25,000 tonnes), the use of non-standard steel structure masses and the development of special concrete.
 
The rules of the 2018 competition are available on :
 
 

 
Header image: Grand Prix National de l'Ingénierie 2014: the Philharmonie de Paris, designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, won by Hervé Maurer and Pierre Bock d'Egis - Construction and Development Prize.
 

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