Trimble Announces Tekla Global BIM Awards 2018 Winners

Trimble has announced the winners of its Tekla Global Building Information Modelling (BIM) Awards, a biennial competition showcasing the world’s most impressive structural construction projects.

The winner of the best BIM project of 2018 is the Museum of the Future in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, by Eversendai Engineering L.L.C. This year's winner applied a wide range of Trimble constructible solutions to transform process and productivity on their project. However, the Best Industrial Project category was won by UK-based Atkins for its Hinckley Point C project. Using Tekla Structures, Atkins provided a fully integrated 3D reinforcement model as part of a detailed design package.

The competition, which began in 1999, welcomes projects that exhibit innovation and push the boundaries of structural engineering and BIM. Over 140 projects entered the competition, which included winners of Tekla regional BIM Awards from 36 countries. A committee of five industry experts – Christian Jahn, Elbert O. Speidel, Marina Korol, Craig Garrett, and Jari Heino – selected the winners. The selection committee evaluated the 16 finalists based on an assessment of collaboration, implementation, innovation and constructability.

Elbert O. Speidel, selection committee member and A.I.A. professor at California Polytechnic State University, said: "I really enjoy seeing these projects. The Museum of the Future stretches structural engineering to its limits and showcases the creativity of what is possible using innovative modelling technology. Tekla was the ideal BIM program to complete the museum and have the kind of detailing and tolerances that are needed in order to construct such an elaborate building.”


The Tekla Global BIM Awards 2018 winners include:

Museum of the FutureBest BIM Project, Best Public Category Project and Winner of the Online Voting:
Museum of the Future – United Arab Emirates
Eversendai Engineering L.L.C. 

The Museum of the Future is an exhibition space that will feature futuristic concepts, services and products. As one of the most complex constructions in the world, the Museum of the Future involved an enormous amount of data from multiple disciplines during the design phase. Using Tekla BIMsight, Eversendai identified clashes with roofing, façade, MEP and RCC contractors before construction even began.


“Tekla Structures is a potent tool due to its powerful 3D modelling capabilities and flexible open API options,” said Sreenivasa Rao Vipparla, general manager of design and engineering at Eversendai. “BIM management with Tekla software boosted the project’s efficiency, accuracy and time management.”


LuminaryBest Commercial Project:
Luminary – Finland
A-Insinöörit Suunnittelu Oy, Skanska Oy, BST-Arkkitehdit Oy, Betonirakenne Oinas Oy, Parma Oy, Optiplan Oy, Caverion Suomi Oy

Luminary, a 21-floor building with luxury apartments, business, office and parking space, was a challenging complex structure that required a high level of collaboration among its designers, builders and fabricators. With a real-time connection between the design office and precast fabricator, an on-site BIM kiosk and extensive mobile use, the teams involved were able to work together seamlessly and efficiently.


Hinkley Point CBest Industrial Project:
Hinkley Point C – United Kingdom

Hinkley Point C is a new nuclear power plant on track to begin providing low carbon energy to 6 million homes in 2025. This project is one of the largest construction projects in the world, involving over 300 detailers, 3000 workers and 3 million tons of concrete. To keep things running smoothly, Atkins has used BIM to the fullest for this paperless construction. Using Tekla Structures, Atkins has provided a fully integrated 3D reinforcement model as part of the detailed design packages.


Trafikplats VegaBest Infrastructure Project:
Trafikplats Vega – Sweden
ELU Konsult AB

Trafikplats Vega, a cast-in-place traffic interchange with five bridges and retaining walls, was a complex project that was designed and constructed without paper drawings. ELU modelled and constructed the complex design using Tekla Structures, and even developed their own components to fit their unique needs.   


Optus StadiumBest Sports & Recreation Project:
Optus Stadium – Australia
Arup & PDC Group

Opened in January 2018, Optus Stadium is a 60,000-seat multi-purpose stadium located in Perth, Western Australia. Using an open BIM approach and a wide variety of software, Arup and PDC were able to share critical information with all stakeholders. This enabled them to create workflows that saved time and increased efficiency, resulting in project completion three weeks ahead of schedule.


Station La GlaciereBest Small Project:
Station La Glaciere – France
Baudin Chateauneuf

With Station La Glaciere, Baudin Chateauneuf was faced with a big challenge: they needed to construct an identical replication of the staircases of the Metro station line No. 6 within an extremely tight timeline. Using Trimble and Tekla software, they were able to complete the project in a matter of months, with surveying starting at the end of May 2017 and the project opening to the public on August 28, 2017.


BlackSea-TORMBest Student Project:
BlackSea-TORM – Turkey
Fatih Yesevi OKUR, Ebru KALKAN, Ergün ERDOĞAN, and Rufai DEMİR – Karadeniz Technical University

BlackSea-TORM, an Expo fair building concept design that celebrates sustainability, was developed with an integrated project delivery (IPD) mindset. The students behind the project demonstrated innovative uses of BIM through interoperation, utilising a variety of other tools together with Tekla Structures. Using a Tekla Open API, they also created a customised “Rufer,” a semi-parametric connection detail, for the roof’s MERO system.


Kainuu HospitalSpecial Recognition:
Kainuu Hospital – Finland
Kainua-alliance: Kainuu social and health care joint authority, Skanska Talonrakennus Oy, Sweco Rakennetekniikka Oy, Sweco Architects Oy, Sweco Talotekniikka Oy, Sweco PM Oy, Caverion Suomi Oy

Kainuu Hospital is a large timber project in which BIM and BIM-based collaboration have been used throughout the entire construction process. BIM has been used in innovative ways to construct the Hospital, with advanced technology such as CAVE (computer assisted virtual environment) that allows 3D virtual reality, on-site BIM kiosks and Augmented Reality (AR) technology all at work.


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