“Be Inspired” – International Excellence in Infrastructure Awards 2017

Bentley presents its annual “Be Inspired” awards for advances in infrastructure engineering, design, BIM, operations, reality modeling, and construction at the 2017 Year in Infrastructure conference held in Singapore.

The Bentley “Be Inspired” award winners, 2017

The winners of Bentley’s international awards for excellence and innovation in infrastructure engineering, design, operations, BIM, construction, and project management were announced October 12, 2017, at the annual Year in Infrastructure conference (YII2017), held in Singapore – the largest YII event to date. The Be Inspired awards, presented annually and honoring over 2,500 outstanding nominees since the inaugural awards in 2004, is unique in the world of infrastructure and AEC because of the broad range of categories represented, the global nature of the competition, and independent peer selection panels.

The iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel, expo, and conference center in Singapore was the venue for the Bentley “Year in Infrastructure” conference and “Be Inspired” awards ceremony.

It is fitting that the Marina Bay Sands expo and convention center in Singapore was the venue for the YII2017 conference and awards event. This iconic example of engineering, art, and design excellence was a Be Inspired award-winner in 2010. The annual Year in Infrastructure conference has been held at various international venues, for example, 2012 in Amsterdam, 2016 in London, 2017 in Singapore (and it will return to London in 2018). YII2017 keynote speakers, including Bentley CEO Greg Bentley and (Bentley alliance partner) Siemens global head of information technology Helmuth Ludwig, noted an additional significance in choice of Singapore as the YII2017 venue, characterizing the region as the “center of gravity” globally for advances in infrastructure and adoption of digital applications in BIM. Alliance partner Topcon Positioning’s CEO Ray O’Connor and Greg Bentley expanded on a theme they introduced at YII2016, “Constructioneering” (removing barriers to productivity by integrating processes in surveying, engineering, and construction).

O’Connor told xyHt that “so many of these [Be Inspired] projects are an excellent showcase for what can be done with BIM and digital adoption for construction.” More on YII2017 in xyHt print and digital content to follow.

Bentley CEO Greg Bentley kicks off the awards dinner, October 12 2017.

Out of 400 nominations (from 50 countries, 51 finalists were chosen), many were from Asia as noted, but many splendid examples were from across the globe. Speakers at the event mused that 2017 might truly be the “year of infrastructure.” It might seem cliché to say that all nominees were winners, but in attending many of the finalist presentations I was impressed (more like blown away) by every one of them – all are amazing examples of the promise of advances in BIM and infrastructure and what they hold for the 21st century.

The gala “Be Inspired” awards dinner featured processions of Asian dragon and lion dances, and Bentley chief communications officer Chris Barron opened the ceremony by crooning a Cole Porter-esque tune, “Let’s do it, let’s be inspired.” 

Below are the finalists and winners for each category, highlighting several that will be of particular interest to xyHt readers (some of which will be featured in upcoming articles). As for specific Bentley products, we noticed broad utilization in these large-scale infrastructure projects of, in particular, ContextCapture (for combining and modeling 3D data), ProjectWise (for data sharing and collaboration), and iModels (a self-defining 3D design model exchange format). Be sure to check out the special recognition awards categories towards the end of this post.   

BIM Advancements in Construction

  • China Construction Sixth Engineering Division, Tianjin University of Technology, Tianjin Tianhe-Cloud Building Engineering Technology Co., Ltd. – Sanya New Airport Reclamation Project – (Sanya, Hainan, China)
  • JMC2 – Heaven Sent – (Simi Valley, California, United States)
  • WINNER: Leighton Asia – Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities, Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge – (Hong Kong)

Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities, Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge

Drawing a large audience, the nominee presentation of this large infrastructure project presented by project surveyor Michael Wong Kin highlighted how multiple challenges were overcome with a combination of advanced digital solutions – and quite a bit of creativity. The 40,000-sq. meter boundary crossing facility, where the 50-kilometer bridge linking Hong Kong, Zhuhai, and Macao is on a reclaimed island in an air traffic control zone – so a drone was out of the question for pre-design mapping. Mobile mapping was used for a ContextCapture model. AECOsim design software incorporated complex design elements, like the cast fixtures unique to the intersections of roof supports of the modular “wave” roof sections. Simulations of the barge, then bespoke transportation carriages and cranes, made for smooth installation of the massive roof panels. We plan to run a feature on this project in the near future.   

BIM Advancements in Reality Modeling

  • The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Architectural Engineering – Virtual Penn State Campus – (University Park, Pennsylvania, United States)
  • The Sanborn Map Company, Inc. – Sanborn3D HD Maps for Autonomous Driving: Santa Clara – (Santa Clara County, California, United States)
  • WINNER: CEDD-AECOM-The Earth Solutions – Development of Anderson Road Quarry Site – (Hong Kong)

The Anderson Quarry development, Hong Kong

The massive Anderson Road Quarry in Hong Kong had historically provided raw materials for the growth of this densely populated and high-rise city-territory; now the quarry is the site of a development that will provide (much needed) housing for 25,000 residents. In the nominee presentation, Earth Solutions Jackie Wong utilized the reality models developed for design and BIM construction management to tell the story of this amazing project. As Wong explained, conventional survey would have taken 40 days – and a dangerous proposition in places. A UAS performed the survey in a day, ContextCapture was the platform for the reality modeling, and LumenRT was used for visual animations. The design encompasses civil infrastructure, including substantial earthworks, road networks, drainage system including storm water detention tanks, 3D cadastral boundaries, and artificial flood lakes, sewerage systems, underground utilities, and green spaces. AECOsim Building Designer, MicroStation, OpenRoads, and ProjectWise were also employed. For xyHt, an additional interesting element of the story was how the operational model of The Earth Solutions (for reality capture) evolved over a three-year period – we are planning on publishing and article on this soon.

BIM Advancements in Bridges

  • AECOM – Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge – (New Haven, Connecticut, United States)
  • Arcadis-WSP/PB Joint Venture– Citylink Tulla Widening– (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
  • WINNER: Long Jian Road & Bridge Co., Ltd. – Heihe – Blagoveshchensk Heilongjiang River (Amur River) Road Bridge Project– (Heihe City, Heilongjiang Province, China)

The Heihe – Blagoveshchensk Heilongjiang River (Amur River) Road Bridge Project

Connecting Heihe City, China, to Blagoveshchensk City, Russia, this cable-stayed bridge spanning 1,284 meters is included in a 20km roadway improvement corridor. This jointly funded Chinese-Russian project is in the northeast of China, in seasonally harsh climatic conditions, with strict environmental requirements, and a short construction window. The team used many elements of Bentley BIM technology. It is estimated that this saved at least five working days and over 30 tons of materials, and modeling efficiency was boosted by 35%.

BIM Advancements in Municipal Operations

  • AAM Group – Creating Singapore’s National 3D Map Using Mobile Mapping – (Singapore)
  • Tianjin Municipal Engineering Design & Research Institute – Construction and Design General Contracting of Retrofit Project at Haiyu East Line Municipal Road – (Sanya, Hainan Province, China)
  • WINNER: Huadong Engineering Corporation Limited, PowerChina – Application of BIM Strategy for Shenzhen Qianhai Municipal Infrastructure – (Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, China).

Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, China

BIM Advancements in Buildings and Campuses

  • Shalom Baranes Associates – Cannon House Office Building Renewal – (Washington, District of Columbia, United States)
  • WSP – 1 Blackfriars, London – (London, England, United Kingdom)
  • WINNER: Morphosis – The Bloomberg Center – (New York, New York, United States)

The Bloomberg Center, Cornell Tech, New York

BIM Advancements in Roads

  • AECOM – Road Design and Inter-Disciplinary Coordination of the E10 Avvakko-Lappeasuando Project – (Gällivare kommun, Norrbottens län, Sweden)
  • CH2M Fairhurst JV – A9 Dualling – Glen Garry to Dalraddy – (Dalwhinnie, Highlands, United Kingdom)
  • WINNER: CCCC First Highway Consultants Co., Ltd. – Application of BIM Strategy on the Transformation of Meiguan Expressway to Urban Road Design Project – (Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, China)

Meiguan Expressway to Urban Road Design Project – Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, China

BIM Advancements in Rail and Transit

  • China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co. Ltd.; Yungui Railway Yunnan Co. Ltd. – Application of BIM Strategy for Dali to Ruili Railway Project – (Baoshan, Yunnan Province, China)
  • Jacobs/Zephyr UAS – Mapping 42 Miles of California High Speed Rail Corridor Utilizing UAVs – (Burbank to Los Angeles to Anaheim, California, United States)
  • WINNER: Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn. Bhd. – Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya Line – (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

BIM Advancements in Environmental Engineering

  • Raymond Vogel Landschaften AG – New Landscape for New Hydropower Plant in Hagneck – (Hagneck, Canton Bern, Switzerland)
  • Stream Environment Sdn. Bhd. – Automated Waste Collection System for Changi Airport Terminal 4 – (Singapore)
  • WINNER: NJS Engineers India Pvt. Ltd. – JICA Assisted Ganga Action Plan-II – (Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India)

The project is tackling water quality on a stretch of the critically important Ganges River.

BIM Advancements in Manufacturing

  • CPC Corporation, Taiwan – Talin No.12 Topping Unit Project– (Kaohsiung, Taiwan)
  • PJSC Giprotyumenneftegaz – Central Production Facility, Novoportovskoye Field – (Tyumen Region, Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District, Russia)
  • WINNER: Satria Technologies Sdn. Bhd. – Sustainable Solutions for Control and Protection Systems – (Klang, Selangor, Malaysia)

BIM Advancements in Mining and Offshore Engineering

  • AMEC Foster Wheeler – Gruyere Project – (South Dorothy Hills, Western Australia, Australia)
  • Volgogradnefteproekt, LLC – Design of Electro-Technical Solutions and Systems for Control of the Conductor Supported Platform of Filanovsky Field – (Caspian Sea, Astrakhan Region, Russia)
  • WINNER: Offshore Oil Engineering Co., Ltd. – PL19-3 Oil Field Jacket Design and Development of ‘Fixed Offshore Structure Design Tool’ Software – (Tianjin, China)

BIM Advancements in Power Generation

  • COBA – Engineering and Environmental Consultants – Kholombidzo Hydro Power Electric Plant – (District of Blantyre, Malawi)
  • PowerChina ZhongNan Engineering Corporation Limited – Digital Delivery of Qiongzhong Pumped Storage Power Station – (Qiongzhong County, Hainan Province, China)
  • WINNER: China Water Resource Pearl River Planning Surveying & Designing Co., Ltd. – Wugachong Reservoir Project – (Pu’an County, Qianxinan Buyei and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province, China)

BIM Advancements in Project Delivery

  • A Natural Gas Company – Implementation of a Comprehensive Technical Records & Information Management Program Powered by ProjectWise – (Canada)
  • Ghafari Associates, LLC – General Motors Productivity Improvement Program – (Various Locations, Michigan, United States)
  • WINNER: Mott MacDonald and the Costain, VINCI Construction Grands Projets, Bachy Soletanche Joint Venture – East Section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel – (London, England, United Kingdom)

BIM Advancements in Road and Rail Asset Performance

  • New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) – NJDOT / Public Private Partnership of a Bentley-Hosted SUPERLOAD System for Oversize / Overweight Vehicle Permitting and Routing – (Trenton, New Jersey, United States)
  • Oregon Department of Transportation – TransInfo – A Connected Data Environment for Transportation – (Salem, Oregon, United States)
  • WINNER: Highways England – Network Occupancy Management System (NOMS) – (Strategic Road Network, England, United Kingdom)

BIM Advancements in Utilities and Industrial Asset Performance

  • AES Indianapolis Power and Light – T&D Implementation of Asset Risk at Indianapolis Power & Light – (Indianapolis, Indiana, United States)
  • North Caspian Operating Company N.V. – Kashagan Oilfield Corrosion and Inspection Management Project in the North Caspian Sea and Bolashak Operating Production Facility – 
    (Atyrau Region, North Caspian Sea, Kazakhstan)
  • WINNER: BP – Khazzan Central Information Store (CIS) – (Khazzan Field, Block 61, Ad Dhahirah Governorate, Oman)

BIM Advancements in Utilities Transmission and Distribution

  • Hubei Electric Power Survey and Design Institute – Macheng Caijiazhai Wind Farm Project – (Macheng, Hubei Province, China)
  • Pacific Gas & Electric Company – Reality Modeling in Bentley Substation – (San Francisco, California, United States)
  • WINNER: Pestech International Berhad – Automation and Integration of Substation Design Work for 230kV Project – (Kratie and Kampong Cham, Cambodia)

BIM Advancements in Water and Wastewater Plants

  • Shanghai New Jinshan Investment Holding Group Co., Ltd. – Xinjiang Water Purification No.2 Plant and Supporting Pipe Network – (Jinshan District, Shanghai, China)
  • MWH Ltd. (operating in CiM6 alliance) – Netheridge STW – (Gloucester, England, United Kingdom)
  • WINNER: Beijing Institute of Water – Tongzhou Water Works of Beijing South-to-North Water Diversion Project – (Beijing, China)

BIM Advancements in Water Networks

  • Manila Water Company, Inc. – Manila Water Natural Calamity Risk Resiliency and Mitigation Masterplan – (National Capital Region, Rizal Province, Philippines)
  • Enorsul – Sanitation Services – Optimization of Water Distribution System and Reduction of Losses – (Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil)
  • WINNER: AEGEA – AEGEA Prolagos Sewerage Master Plan 2041 – (Região dos Lagos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Special Recognition Award – Asset Information Management Advancement
Oregon Department of Transportation – Transinfo asset management system
ODOT’s new comprehensive linear asset management solution known as Transinfo, integrates all highway network assets and asset information systems. ODOT employed Bentley’s AssetWise, and estimates greater than 60% gain in efficiency over their legacy asset management systems.

ODOT’s Transinfo data interface 

Special Recognition Award – Comprehensive BIM Advancement
Guangdong Research Institute of Water Resource and Hydropower – Pearl River Delta Water Resources Allocation Project, Guangdong Province of China

Special Recognition Award – Conceptioneering Advancement
HNTB Corporation – I-94 Modernization Project – Detroit, Michigan

The I-94 freeway, Detroit Michigan

The I-94 Ford Freeway modernization, a $2B USD renovation project, required rapid evaluation of design options to include increased access for economic growth and growing reliance on bicycle and pedestrian mobility. The project team used Bentley’s ProjectWise for data exchange and OpenRoads ConceptStation to produce multiple design options, presenting these to stakeholders with Navigator viewer.

Special Recognition Award – Constructioneering Advancement
China Construction Sixth Engineering Division, Tianjin University of Technology, and Tianjin Tianhe-Cloud Building Engineering Technology Co., Ltd. – Sanya New Airport Reclamation Project – Sanya, Hainan, China

Sanya New Airport Reclamation Project – Sanya, Hainan, China

Another example of the power and scalability of ContextCapture – this to monitor construction progress of the 28-sq. kilometer artificial island and support dynamic simulations of the airport design. ProjectWise was also used for collaborative management of 3D information models.

Special Recognition Award – Inspectioneering Advancement
SEIKEY Enterprise Drone Solutions – Cell Tower Inspections 4G and 5G – Caronno Pertusella, Varese, Italy

The UAS deployed by SEIKEY Enterprise Drone Solutions  for cell tower inspections 

Inspection times were reduced from 4 days per site to just 6 hours by deploying a custom-appointed UAS.  ContextCapture was used for detailed photogrammetric reconstruction. High-definition models enabled analysis of even rust patterns on the structures. Real-time access to information (derived from over 400 Terabytes of data) for the client was through ProjectWise.

Special Recognition Award – Optioneering Advancement
Outotec – Design for Reliability Project in Counter Current Decantation (CCD) – Helsinki, Finland


xyHt Special Mention

AAM Group – Creating Singapore’s National 3D Map Using Mobile Mapping

We acknowledge this nominated project that could be of special interest to our readers, considering all of the interest and recent activity in the fields of mobile mapping, and city mapping. An initiative to map an entire country – in such detail as to enable asset management, operations, simulations, and to develop design alternatives – is quite an undertaking. Though Singapore is a relatively small island/city/state, the challenges and solutions employed can provide insights for other cities seeking similar end products. This is a great example of combining aerial, mobile mapping, and even walk-throughs of some areas with hand-held SLAM devices. xyHt is working on a feature article on this project: the methods, tools, and Bentley products employed.

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