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Texas Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award

In accordance with the Texas Section’s Rules of Operation, the Texas Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) Award may be given on an annual basis to the completed project that demonstrates the greatest contribution to civil engineering progress and to society. The Texas OCEA Award, thereby, honors the outstanding work of the many engineers who have contributed to the project. Merit Awards may also be presented to other projects, which are considered worthy.


The award is for civil engineering projects designed and/or built in Texas. Eligibility for nomination will be determined as described within the Society-level OCEA Award Entry Form. Winners of the Texas OCEA are required to submit their nomination to the Region Director for consideration for the Society-level Award.


Selection of Awardees


The Past Presidents Council will serve as judges for the award and make recommendations to the Section’s Executive Committee. The recommendation of the Executive Committee will be made to the Section’s Board of Direction for final action.


Judging criteria will be as described in the Society-level OCEA Award Entry Form. Email submissions to


Nomination & Award Schedule

  1. Nominations for the Texas OCEA Award shall be solicited in the summer Texas Civil Engineer.
  2.  The Chair of the Past Presidents Council shall also solicit nominations for the award directly from the Branches through the Section Directors.
  3. Nominations may be made by a Branch or any Subscribing Member of the Texas Section, and should be submitted electronically to the Texas Section ( addressed to the Chair of the Past Presidents Council by October 31st.
  4. The Past Presidents Council Chair shall call for a council vote to select the winner and will present their recommendation to the Executive Committee for endorsement at their January meeting.
  5. The Board shall vote to approve the recipients at their spring meeting during the ASCE Texas Section Student Symposium.
  6. By May 1st the Past Presidents Council Chair shall forward the approved Texas winner to the Region 6 Director for the nomination for the Society-level award.
  7. The Texas Section OCEA Award shall be presented at the Texas Civil Engineering Conference (CECON) in the fall. 

An ASCE award entry kit is available here.

Please note the entry deadline for the Society-level award is June 1. Eligibility time frames vary for project categories and do not necessarily require the entry be submitted in the year the project was completed.


The Texas OCEA Award will consist of an appropriate plaque which will be presented to the project owner's representative by an officer of the Texas Section and invited Region Director(s) in ceremonies described above. The Texas OCEA Awards will be publicized by a media release and by an article in the Texas Civil Engineer.


The Merit Award, when given, will also presented to the owner's representative at the Texas Civil Engineering Conference (CECON) in the fall.


View the list of past recipients and read brief descriptions of the projects.

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