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Infrastructure Showcase: Autodesk AEC Excellence Awards Winners

Parul Dubey on January 4, 2017 - in Articles, Featured, Showcase

At Autodesk University 2016 in Las Vegas, the company presented its AEC Excellence Awards. This year’s competition showcased projects embracing the future of making things for AEC and civil infrastructure through the use of innovative and connected BIM technologies, with 162 submissions and 29 countries represented.

First Place, Construction Category

U.S. Bank Stadium


The stadium, home to the Minnesota Vikings, features a massive transparent roof, zinc metal exterior panels and the five largest pivoting glass doors in the world. By teaming with HKS Architects, Mortenson gave the construction team visibility into the BIM model well before construction began. Mortenson completed U.S. Bank Stadium six weeks early—a first for a U.S. stadium—saving the owners hundreds of millions of dollars.

First Place, Building Category

Phoenix International Media Center

Beijing Institute of Architecture Design (BIAD)

The Phoenix International Media Center features a design inspired by the endlessly curving form of a Möbius strip, leaving visitors to wonder how the design team achieved such a striking form. The team worked exclusively with BIM tools and used paperless processes, making this project among the first in China to rely solely on BIM.

First Place, Infrastructure Category

InterCity Dovrebanen – Sørli-Lillehammer

Rambøll Sweco ANS

The Rambøll Sweco ANS team laid 75 kilometers of double track between Norway’s Sørli and Lillehammer. Hired by the Norwegian National Rail Administration (NNRA), the team was able to overcome terrain challenges as well as getting approval from more than 100 stakeholders. The railway corridors cross several valuable landscapes that have significant environmental and cultural restraints, including an important nature reserve. By using 3D simulations, BIM helped design, visualize and negotiate these environmental complexities.

Special Philanthropic Award

Tianjin Architecture Design Institute (TADI) and Nina Maritz Architects

TADI and Nina Maritz Architects received a special Philanthropic Award for a “Fun and Intelligent Cabin” project for a primary school in Huining County, Gansu Province, China. By fully utilizing building performance analysis within a BIM process, the team modified intelligent 3D models based on different conditions to help find ways to conserve energy and generate money, making it possible for the initial investment to be paid back in approximately 10 years.



Additional Winners

These projects are just some of the category winners, which include design and fabrication, communication and collaboration, computational design, small and large building construction projects, and more.

To read more about all the winners of this year’s AEC Excellence Awards, visit www.autodesk.com/aecexcellenceawards.

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