The traditional summer BBQ took place in the grounds of the Ashurst Lodge Campus of the Wessex Institute.
The BBQ is a way for WIT to express its appreciation to all those who have collaborated to the success of the Institute. Children were especially welcome which helps to make the occasion very family oriented. Visitors can see the advances made over the last academic year and the new improvements on Campus.
The fare consisted, as usual, of roasted lamb with many side dishes and salads, a variety of sweets and fruits and an open bar.
The special event during the 2015 BBQ was the unveiling of a brass ‘bas-relief’ sculpture which was fixed to a bare brick wall of the pool building. The sculptress, Pilar Subias, flew from Spain especially for the occasion.
Carlos spoke to the participants gathered around the veiled sculpture, of the importance of continuing to improve and beautify our working environment, and how essential Pilar’s work has been in this regard. The Campus contains several other works by Pilar, including a basalt sculpture depicting an Eagle-woman, a stone plaque showing two stags fighting, a Welsh dragon at the entrance to the Patagonia building and the head of a woman carved in alabaster at the entrance.
Each sculpture – Carlos said – is a gift that Pilar left to us expressing her love and empathy with all of us. This is also reflected in the cities in which she has made a living in her native Spain, ie Zaragoza and A Coruña. There one can see various sculptures decorating public spaces in town. We are privileged to be able to have works by her at Ashurst Lodge, and grateful to her for having travelled from north-west Spain for this occasion.
Carlos then proceeded to unveil the sculpture which represented a Mermaid and a Triton, their tails interweaved. The casting in brass is better appreciated during the afternoon when the light of the sun brings out the shapes.
After the unveiling, the participants resumed the party which lasted well into the afternoon.
The BBQ coincided with the holding of the Summer AGM of the Wessex Institute. During this meeting the Board of Directors set the strategy for future developments.
Professor Santiago Hernandez of A Coruña University in Spain and long-standing Member of the Board of Directors of Wessex Institute has received the Distinguished Achievements Medal of the Institute of Civil Engineers of Spain.
The Medal is awarded annually to members who have rendered exceptional services to the profession and made an outstanding contribution to the development of the Civil Engineering profession. It was awarded by the Minister of Justice, Sr Rafael Catalá, with the presence of the Permanent Secretary for Infrastructures, Sr Manuel Niño.
Santiago has collaborated closely with the Wessex Institute since its foundation and continues to interact in diverse research and training activities. He chairs several important international conferences organised by the Institute in areas ranging from Architectural Heritage to Applied Fluid and Structural Mechanics. He has published several books and, in particular, edited WIT Press conference volumes, part of WIT Transactions collection. Santiago also serves on the Editorial Board of several internal journals, including Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements.
Amongst other books, he is author with members of his research team of an outstanding book on “Bridge Elasticity:Sensitivity Analysis and Optimal Design”, which presents a wealth of information on the analysis and design of long-span suspended cable-styled bridges. (WIT Press – ISBN: 978-1-84564-056-9)
Santiago deserves our warmest congratulations on the occasion of having received this important Medal, a just reward for his many accomplishments as a Civil Engineer.