The martin gough student award

Entries will re-open early 2019

The Martin Gough Student Award


In 2017, Martin Gough, a longstanding employee and technical mastermind of IES, sadly passed away. To carry on his legacy, IES launched a global student award in 2018. In it's second year the award seeks excellence in research based on Apache and thermal simulation, which was Martin’s main area of expertise. We invite students from all around the world to take part.


Do you have what it takes to win this highly esteemed award? Read on to find out. 

2018 winners

Read about our prize winners for 2018 and gain insights and advice on what makes a winning entry.


Entry requirements

If you answer yes to any of the following questions then we’d love to receive your entry. 

  • Have you used ApacheSim or ApacheHVAC with novel building projects? 
  • Have you modelled innovative systems or renewables? 
  • Have you linked energy simulation output with external models or algorithms? 
  • Have you successfully calibrated models against reality? 
  • Have you modelled unique internal environments, factories, industrial processes? 
  • Have you brought new control approaches into energy simulation? 
  • Are you pushing the boundaries in energy research and modelling with IES VE? 


  • Entries should be submitted by individuals (rather than teams) who are currently enrolled on any relevant undergraduate or postgraduate (graduate course of study in the U.S.) course.
  • If current students have any previous industry experience, this must be limited to no more than 5 years.

Entry Format
Entries should be a paper with a maximum of 5 pages. Inclusion of a 250-500 word executive summary is essential. Papers should be submitted as a PDF. Formatting is at the discretion of the entrant.

Entries will re-open early 2019.

What makes a winning entry?

Judges will look for:

  • Rigour of approach
  • Clearly considered and correct use of ApacheSim
  • Innovative modelling approach
  • Clear insightful considerations
  • Correct interpretation of building physics
  • Analysis of ApacheSim beyond its out of the box capabilities


Prizes will be awarded to the winner and runner-up of the award. The winner will receive £1000 (or local currency equivalent) and the runner-up will receive £500. Both the winner and runner-up will also be awarded with a 12 month IESVE licence that includes online training.

Winning entries will be announced on DiscoverIES and case studies will be created and promoted to the Building Simulation Industry. Winners will also have their names engraved on a special commemorative plaque that will continue to hold the names of winners of the award each year.

About martin gough

2 November 1955 - 7 August 2017

Martin joined IES in 1999, just 5 years after it was founded, and from there he laid incredibly strong foundations on which the company is built today. As Technical Director in charge of the development and maintenance of applications for building thermal simulation, Martin was the mastermind behind some of IES’s most innovative technology. 

IES is very proud of its unified and collaborative culture and Martin was the embodiment of that culture. He made others stronger and better through the gentle passing of his knowledge. Not only was Martin a technical mastermind – he was also a brilliant musician and incredibly literate, writing a number of articles about his pet subjects, including for the Elgar Society Journal. He was a true genius. 

Martin was very highly regarded by his colleagues at IES, and always will be. He will be sorely missed as an integral part of the company, but his legacy will stand strong and continue for as long as there is an IES and for as long as buildings stand that are based on IES technology.



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