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Autodesk Excellence in Infrastructure 2013 Award Winners Announced

Matt Ball on October 2, 2013 - in Event Coverage, Modeling, People, Projects

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) and CGarchitect, a leading online magazine and end-user community for visualization and design professionals, have presented this year’s awards in the Autodesk Excellence in Infrastructure Competition.  The annual competition, now in its second year, presents awards to projects that demonstrate an exemplary use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for civil infrastructure.

The 2013 winners are:




“Each of the winning projects offers a model for the application of forward-thinking Building Information Modeling workflows and technologies for infrastructure projects,” said Lisa Campbell, vice president industry strategy and marketing, Autodesk. “First place HNTB, for example, employed Autodesk technologies to drive a BIM process from early stages of planning through design, and now into construction – engaging a large group of stakeholders from the airport to a host of design and engineering firms working to make this project successful.”

Managed by CGarchitect, and co-sponsored by Autodesk and HP, the competition’s jury of industry experts selected the winners from submissions covering a wide range of transportation, land development, urban planning, water/wastewater and energy related projects.  Entries were judged based on complexity, innovative use of technology, sustainability factors and the overall value Autodesk software and BIM for Infrastructure provided to the project outcome, whether used to plan, design, build or manage infrastructure projects. The winners will be honored at the upcoming Autodesk University 2013 conference this December in Las Vegas.

Denver Airport South Terminal Redevelopment Program

HNTB was awarded the first place prize for their contribution to Denver International Airport’s South Terminal Redevelopment Program. HNTB, a leading architectural and engineering service provider, in collaboration with firms including Parsons, Gensler, AECOM, and Mortensen Construction, used a BIM process and Autodesk software to help the 5th busiest airport in the US to program, design and construct a large-scale hotel and public transit center addition on-track  to meet LEED Silver certification. The team at HNTB guided the creation of exemplary virtual models of the existing and new buildings which have  been used for a host of purposes, including spatial coordination, clash detection; structural design analysis, design review, collaboration, cost analysis and construction scheduling.

“One of the largest challenges to constructing the new Hotel and Transit Center at Denver International Airport was maintaining the aggressive program schedule within very limited space,” said Stuart Williams, South Terminal Redevelopment   Program Manager, Department of Aviation, Denver International Airport. “BIM helped us identify and address potential obstacles early in the project and, with BIM, we are able to run the project more efficiently, communicate better and provide information easily due to workflows that have been established.”

“The work we are performing with BIM for the South Terminal Redevelopment Program is not only creating a centralized system for managing the Hotel and Transit Center through its operational life, but is also providing Denver International Airport with a framework to deploy BIM facility-wide, which will help our client  streamline facility operations and maintenance and achieve excellence on new projects through collaborative design and financial management,” said Julie Wienberg, Director of Design for Aviation at HNTB and Deputy Program Manager for the South Terminal Redevelopment Program.

Autodesk solutions for BIM employed by HNTB include Autodesk Revit software (Architecture, Structure and MEP), Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D, Autodesk Navisworks, Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Design Review, Autodesk ReCap, Autodesk Buzzsaw, Autodesk BIM 360 and Autodesk BIM 360 Field.

City of Nijmegen, Netherlands ‘Room for River Waal’

The second place prize was awarded to 3D engineering visualization and systems engineering consulting firm iNFRANEA for the ‘Room for River Waal’ project at the City of Nijmegen in the Netherlands. As part of a huge project by the Dutch government to change the course of more than 30 rivers to prevent future flooding, the Room for River Waal project includes moving the Waal dike in Lent and dredging an ancillary channel in the flood plains.  The award recognizes a remarkable application of a BIM process to create and manage an integrated model for the entire project which also includes waterworks, earthworks, roads and three bridges in a complex environment including non-exploded World War II bombs.  Autodesk solutions for BIM employed include Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Navisworks Manage, as well as Autodesk BIM 360 tools.

Johan Kuppens, Managing Director of iNFRANEA said “3D models are crucial for success on multidisciplinary projects especially when several architectural, engineering and construction disciplines are involved.  Autodesk Navisworks help us to integrate, analyze and coordinate the designs from more than ten different disciplines. Our BIM engineer ensures all construction data is conflict-free, thus eliminating the risk for failure costs.”
Adriaan de Jong, Project Manager of building consortium i-Lent (Dura Vermeer BV and Ploegam BV) confirms “From day one the BIM-process has paid back in terms of quality, planning and cost. It gives me a comfortable feeling of always standing on firm ground”.


Liverpool Wastewater Treatment Works

The alliance of Galliford Try Costain Atkins (GCA), which is a United Utilities Process Alliance Partner, received the third place prize for effectively applying a BIM process to help deliver significant cost and safety benefits on an major addition to the Liverpool Wastewater Treatment Works facility.

The 3D model created within a BIM process provided designers with a virtual structure to navigate around, even in the earliest stages of detail design, allowing them to explore alternative concepts and optimize designs much earlier in the process. The model also allowed early engagement with the client’s operators to discuss HAZOPS and Access Lifting and Maintenance, (ALM) issues helping guide designers to deliver a more optimal operational solution. Autodesk solutions for BIM employed include Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Design Review, Autodesk Navisworks Simulate, Autodesk Navisworks Freedom, Autodesk AutoCAD Plant 3D, Autodesk Inventor Fusion, Autodesk Showcase, and Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D.

Paul J. Heath, CAD Manager of GCA said “The 3D model was used to act as a ‘single point of truth’ and the core of the design process.  It has promoted a culture of collaboration and integration between our designers, constructors, process partners, supply chain and client in a far more efficient way than ever before, leading to improved cost effective co-ordination, buildability, operability and maintainablility”

GCA JV is an unincorporated joint venture between Galliford Try, Costain and Atkins. Originally set up in 2003 as GC JV, Atkins became a formal JV partner in 2005 to deliver the United Utilities AMP 4 Asset Management Programme of Works.  The joint venture was retained by United Utilities to deliver their AMP 5 Asset Management Programme through to 2015 involving over 50 schemes worth over £300m.

Cyber City Gurgaon Visualization Award

This year’s special visualization award goes to VR Real Technologies (VRRT) for their work with DFL Limited – India’s largest real estate developer – for a stunning animated visualization of Cyber City, located in Gurgaon, India and designed by Rajeev Trehan from AHC, AECOM & Rick Parisi Landscape Architects.  The Cyber City Gurgaon animation was brought to life using Autodesk 3ds Max Design, Autodesk AutoCAD and various third-party solutions, including Adobe After Effects.  The team at VR Real Technologies helped DFL quickly understand how the massive integrated business district will look and operate once construction completes in 2013.  The cinema-like, photo-real animation showcases the benefits of a 16-lane highway, a dedicated metro line and multiple pedestrian walkways connecting all the office buildings in Cyber City.

Anshuman Singh, Studio Head for VRRT said “Initial project visualizations helped various stakeholders and the general public better understand the project, encouraging early input and support. The team also used animations and renderings to help present the preliminary engineering design concepts to DLF officials and other groups for approval.  Models also helped the team collaborate to identify and resolve design conflicts during technical design and integration meetings – saving both time and budget. ”

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