Tekla Global BIM Award 2018 for “Museum of the Future”

Trimble recently announced the winners of its Tekla Global Building Information Modeling (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.

The competition 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, Editor-in-Chief of BFT International, Elbert O. Speidel, A.I.A. Professor at CalPoly (California Polytechnic State University), Marina Korol, CEO at Concurator, Russia, Craig Garrett, Project Technology Leader, BuroHappold Engineering (Middle East), and Jari Heino, General Manager, Trimble Structures Division – selected the winners. The selection committee evaluated the 16 finalists based on an assessment of collaboration, implementation, innovation and constructability.


Engineering stretched to its limits

“I really enjoy seeing these projects,” said Elbert O. Speidel, selection committee member. “The Museum of the Future stretches structural engineering to its limits and showcases the creativity of what is possible using innovative modeling 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:

1) Best 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.

2) Best 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.  

3) Best Industrial Project: Hinkley Point C – United Kingdom, Atkins

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, 3,000 workers and 3 million tonnes 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.

4) Best 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 modeled and constructed the complex design using Tekla Structures, and even developed their own components to fit their unique needs.

5) Best 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.

6) Best Small Project: Station La Glacière – France, Baudin Chateauneuf

With Station La Glacière, 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 28 August 2017.

7) Best Student Project: BlackSea-TORM – Turkey, Fatih Yesevi Okur, Ebru Kalkan, Ergün Erdoğan, and Rufai Demir – 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, utilizing a variety of other tools together with Tekla Structures. Using a Tekla Open API, they also created a customized “Rufer”, a semi-parametric connection detail, for the roof’s MERO system.

8) Special Recognition: Kainuu Hospital – Finland, Kainuu 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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