Presenting The Winners of Tekla BIM Asia Awards 2018!

Trimble has just announced the winning projects of the 2018 Tekla Asia BIM Awards competition.  The panel of jury had a tough time to decide the winners, as all the entries as a whole were outstanding, showcasing an ever more impressive roster of top BIM-enabled construction projects around Asia, which included Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam, South Korea and the Philippines. The projects were evaluated on their innovation of using Tekla solutions, and how the entrants used the software to help in collaboration among various stakeholders with highly constructible models. Among the winners, the size, material, structure type, way of working, environment and project organization behind each structure were variedly different, but they all share the same qualities – They are technologically advanced, successful and inspirational. 

The top award went to Lotte World Tower by Lotte Engineering & Construction, an immensely impressive skyscraper in Korea that has become an iconic landmark in Seoul. This project displayed the full value of using BIM, as a full suite of TEKLA software was used to overcome various technical challenges during construction. The Landmark 81 project by Coteccons JSC, a mixed-use development that will be the tallest building in Vietnam when completed, came in second; while the 3rd runner up was Viento Voyager by Makati Development Corporation, a residential condominium project from the Philippines. For the student project category, the winner was Danjiang Bridge by Tamkang University, in Taiwan. Read more about their projects and experiences in using BIM below:

Winner: Lotte World Tower project by Lotte Engineering & Construction,  Republic of Korea 



With a height of 555m, the Lotte World Tower is the fifth-largest building in the world, the tallest building in Korea, and the first 100-story building built in Korea. Lotte Engineering & Construction (Lotte E&C) was the main contractor. Lotte World Tower consists of a podium and a tower, and includes retail, offices, residential, hotel, and tourist facilities. Lotte E&C had implemented BIM from the beginning of the construction phase in consideration of the complex design of the various facilities and super high-rise structure, which contributed greatly to improve design quality and constructability.

As a highly complex high-rise design, Lotte E&C faced many challenges that had to be overcome during the construction process. The use of BIM proved to be instrumental throughout. For example, for the curved ceiling, BIM allowed for more accurate panel production and dimensional tolerances, ensuring a high quality curved finish, while also shortening the construction period by 4 months.



The use of TEKLA software also greatly improved the constructability in various aspects, such as the use of structural models to reduce the amount of irregularities in drawings, as well as to help visualize complex construction processes to improve the understanding among construction stakeholders.  Gyu-dong Kim, managing director of Construction ENG Division of Lotte E&C, said, "Lotte E&C was able to shorten the construction period by 79% by utilizing the Trimble BIM model for the special structure.” He added ‘We are very pleased to be able to compete with Asia’s leading construction, and to introduce Lotte World Tower as successful BIM reference worldwide. We will continue to utilize the new technologies of Tekla to develop smarter construction." As the winner, the team from Lotte E&C has been rewarded with a four-days-three-nights study trip to Singapore.

2nd Runner Up: The Landmark 81 project by Coteccons JSC, Vietnam



With a height of over 460m, the VinHomes Landmark 81 by Coteccons JSC will be the tallest building in Vietnam. The 81-storey development is located in one of the most prime locations in Ho Chi Minh City. Featuring a modern and unusual architecture design that symbolizes the diversity and fast-emergence of Ho Chi Minh City, this mixed-use development will have a hotel, serviced residential apartments and retail spaces, and is expected to be completed in mid-late 2018. Coteccons JSC used TEKLA software extensively throughout to improve constructability, increase communication, and arrange construction equipment effectively. These allowed the team to efficiently complete the project despite its structural complexity, and as a result, Coteccons JSC had to honour to be recognized as the first Vietnamese general contractor to finish this project 30 days ahead of  the agreed schedule.



COTECCONS JSC is one of the top domestic contractors in Vietnam that have adopted the use of BIM and Tekla software, and was previously the 3rd runner up winner of the Tekla BIM Awards 2016, for their project the Gold View. 

3rd Runner Up: Viento Voyager project, by Makati Development Corporation, Philippines    



Viento Voyager is a high-end 6.6-hectare mid-rise residential condominium located in Alabang, Muntinlupa City. One of the major challenges faced by Makati Development Corporation (MDC), the team behind this project, was the tight delivery timelines. The team had only 8 months for design planning up to the production of full construction drawings, and as a whole had only 36 months to complete construction. TEKLA’s integrated solutions, with Tekla Structural Designer (TSD) and Tekla Structures (TS) at it’s core, proved to be the best tools, and were used to successfully improve the work methodology of the project in the areas of quantification, construction scheduling and simulation.

The gains were seen from the start – modeling the whole structure in TEKLA Structural Designer (TSD) only took 9 working days, something that MDC says would have taken months otherwise. TSD also allowed MDC to be able to check the original design from the consultants and do conduct their own value engineering, resulting in more accurate rebar to concrete ratios. Being able to use the same model on TEKLA structures also eliminated the repetition of the modeling process during the detailing phase, which further helped to save time



For MDC, the main benefits of using TEKLA software for project were productivity and cost savings, reducing rectification and reworks, allowing MDC to meet their tight timelines for this project.


Student Project Winner: Danjiang Bridge project, by Tamkang University, Taiwan



The winning student project is from a team of students from the Civil Engineering Faculty of Tamkang University. The project involved building up the BIM for Danjiang Bridge, a 12.08km bridge designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid. When completed, the bridge will be the longest single-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world. Due to the complexity of the design, it is considered quite a challenge to complete the BIM of it.



The students exemplified impressive capability in 3d modeling and visual presentation, employing extensive use of technology in the different phases of the design process and development using TEKLA software in combination with other software. In terms of modeling, the project showcased a detailed and complex output compared to other entries. Congratulations to all the winners! They have not only gained industry recognition and attractive prizes for their efforts, but their projects will also proceed to the Tekla Global BIM Awards for further worldwide recognition. For more information on the Tekla BIM Asia Awards, click here.