Tekla Global BIM Awards Winners:

The Top of Construction in 2015 Revealed

The best Building Information Modeling projects in the world have been chosen. The winners of the Tekla Global BIM Awards from three continents showcase not only extremely skillful modeling, but also great collaboration and innovative construction.

Among commercial projects, the winner is one of the winners of the local competitions just like the other finalists. The 190,000 m² PTDC Logistics Center in Sipoo, Finland, submitted by Freeway Consortium, will service the grocery retail sector. The team detailed precast, steel and rebar for fabrication and used the Tekla model to monitor and manage the precast unit supply chain. They combined MEP and structural models to ensure constructability, and used the models on site.

Jury selected the Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Midfield Terminal Building by China State Constructions Engineering Corporation as the winner of the public project category. The building has 18 unique steel arches that span up to 180 meters. BIM implementation reduced project length and increased productivity. 3D BIM files from various project parties were combined in Tekla for clash check, preventing problems on site.



85-meters tall Amager Bakke in Copenhagen, Denmark, was considered the best industrial project. The modern waste-to-energy facility doubles as an 11-floor office and has a ski slope on the roof. MOE A/S used Tekla innovatively from the early concept creation to highly detailed design. The main contractor and subcontractors have used Tekla for detailing, fabrication and erection planning on site.


The best sports and recreational project is Daytona Rising in the USA, submitted by contractor Barton Malow, including the work of subcontractors Pinnacle, McGill Engineering Inc, GPLA, Compusteel Detailing, and others. All of the above used Tekla software to model. The race track stayed operational during the upgrade. In addition to extensive structural modeling, the team used Tekla and open BIM innovatively to plan and manage layout, project logistics, and supply chain management.


The best infrastructural project, an architectural Isoisänsilta (Grandfather’s bridge) was submitted by a project group carrying the same name. It spans 150 meters and serves bicycle and pedestrian traffic. The team maximized the use of BIM data and minimized the printing of documents for construction. Bidding requests were model-based, and all quantities were extracted from the model.


Mutant Trees by Apex Structural Design was considered the best among small projects. The display of eight 15-meter steel trees with a surface comprised of 500 triangular plates and internal skeleton of tubes is located in Vancouver, Canada. This project did not start from 2D drawings; a 3D model was supplied, and the modeling team had to build internal structure from exterior surface. Without the model, the project would have been extremely difficult to fabricate.


The Porvoo Oil Refinery Isomerization Unit submitted by A-Insinöörit was given special recognition. By utilizing building information models, the digital assets of the existing structure, and process equipment, the team managed to design, plan and execute in a very tight schedule. This shows the value of BIM beyond the construction phase of a project.



The winner of the public vote is the beautiful Dubai Opera, its design maximizing daylight and the views. Eversendai Engineering LLC engineered, detailed, fabricated and installed the structural steel. The Tekla model provided information for the acoustic engineering company to advice on the maintenance structures.



In the student category, the winner is a team of five students from TongMyong University in South Korea. Their constructible project model presents an extensive building with complex geometry and multiple materials. The integrated Tekla model replicated an open-BIM workflow typically used to maximize value-engineering potential.




The jury consisted of international BIM experts: Dr. Arto Kiviniemi, Professor of Digital Architectural Design, University of Liverpool; Dr. Anne Kemp, Director responsible for BIM Strategy and Development at Atkins, UK; Richard Petrie, Chief Executive at BuildingSMART International, UK; Dr. Vladimir Talapov, Professor at Novosibirsk Academy of Architecture and Construction; and Dr. Parvathy Subhadra, Publishing Manager at Roof & Façade magazine, Singapore. Tekla was represented by the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Trimble Buildings Structures Division Risto Räty.

All 51 entries to the Tekla Global BIM Awards are the winners of regional Tekla BIM competitions that Tekla area offices and software resellers organized during 2015. More information about the competition, winners, and other entries is available on the Tekla Website.

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For additional information, please contact:
Mr. Risto Räty, Executive Vice President of Tekla Corporation and General Manager of Trimble Buildings Structures Division, tel. +358 30 661 1781, email risto.raty @ tekla.com

Tekla Building & Construction is part of Trimble Buildings, a Trimble segment focused on technology solutions that improve collaboration, efficiency and accuracy across the Design-Build-Operate (DBO) lifecycle of construction. Tekla drives the evolution of digital information models to provide greater competitive advantage to the construction, infrastructure and energy industries. Established in 1966, Tekla has customers in over 100 countries, offices in over 20 countries, and a global partner network.

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The Tekla Global BIM Awards
Tekla Global BIM Awards competition is a way to express appreciation towards Tekla customers and share their success stories worldwide. Showcasing their models celebrates the versatility of Tekla software and demonstrates how its use affects the landscapes around the world. Tekla has played and will play a great role in building many of the complex and iconic structures seen and admired by all of us every day.  

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