2016 AEC Excellence Winners – Infrastructure






1st place – Large Infrastructure

AEC Excellence 2016 Ramboll Sweco ANS


Project: InterCity Sørli-Brumunddal

Company: Rambøll Sweco ANS

Owner: Jernbaneverket / Norwegian National Rail Administration (NNRA)

Location: Norway

Norway is known for its natural beauty—fjords, lakes, mountains, and waterfalls. But the very terrain that makes it so famous can pose real challenges when it comes to infrastructure, as Rambøll Sweco ANS discovered when they were hired by the  Norwegian Railway Infrastructure Managers to contribute to a project to lay 75 kilometers of double track between Sørli and Brummunddal. Through the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM), the JBV-led project team was able to overcome terrain challenges—as well as the tall order of getting approval from more than 100 stakeholders.

Read the article.


2nd place – Large Infrastructure

AEC Excellence 2016 Shanghai Rail


Project: Shanghai rail transit line 17

Company: Shanghai Rail Transit Line Seventeen Development Co., Ltd., Shanghai ShenTong Metro Group Co., Ltd., and Shanghai Tunnel Engineering & Rail Transit Design and Research Institute

Owner: Shanghai ShenTong Metro Group Co.Ltd

Location: China

When Shanghai Rail Transit Line 17 Development Co., Ltd., conceptualized the project of building 35 kilometers of rail across the Shanghai Qingpu District—including 6 elevated intervals, 6 underground intervals, and 13 stations, parks, and substations—they used the tree as their metaphor. And they used Building Information Modeling (BIM) to tackle the complex project by beginning at the roots, gathering information via intelligent models that they would then use to guide the project. The supporting layer, or trunk, would come from BIM’s supporting technologies and its collaborative platform that would keep all stakeholders on the same page. At the tree’s top was the application of BIM across the lifecycle of the project, from design to construction to operation and maintenance.


Small Project Winner

AEC Excellence 2016 Hong Kong Water Supply Department


Project: Improvement of water supply to Sheung Shui and Fanling

Company & Owner: Water Supplies Department, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China

Location: Hong Kong

In order to cope with the increasing water demand arising from planned new housing developments, the Water Supplies Department of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China needed to build a new service reservoir with a storage capacity of 24,000 cubic meters—and an accompanying 4.2 kilometers of freshwater mains. To undertake the project, the Water Supplies Department decided to use Building Information Modeling (BIM). One challenge: BIM had been introduced to Hong Kong only recently—and the team had never employed the process and the technology. But right from the conceptual stage, the Department saw how BIM could help them to navigate the project’s complexities.


Communication & Collaboration for Large Project Winner

AEC Excellence 2016 EllisDon


Project: vivaNext Bus Rapidway Transit System

Company: EllisDon

Owner: MetroLinx

Location: Canada

When the vivaNext Bus Rapidway Transit System project was first proposed, planners knew that installing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on dedicated lanes along Highway 7 in Ontario, Canada, would impact commuters and pedestrians. The goal for EllisDon, the construction company on the project, was to minimize that impact through efficient planning and swift execution. BIM enabled early identification of issues: Simulating traffic helped EllisDon see closures and set efficient schedules. Identifying clashes with trees, wells, and pre-existing structures meant early resolution of issues. The result? The design was delivered 3 months ahead of schedule.

Communication for Small Project Winner

AEC Excellence 2016 Tony Meadows Associates


Project: Risk Information Management (RIM) Process Implemented on the London Underground Tower Hill

Company: Tony Meadows Associates

Owner: London Underground

Location: United Kingdom

The goal of the London Underground Tower Hill Step-Free Access Project is to provide increased access for people with restricted movement by delivering 2 step-free lifts at the Tower Hill tube station, near the Tower of London. Tony Meadows Associates was tasked with using Risk Information Management (RIM) processes to identify health and safety risks—3D models enabled first-person viewpoints of risk areas and could be filtered based on discipline. Combining RIM with BIM technology resulted in improved health and safety risk management and communication, reduced accidents and injuries during construction, lower costs, and fewer delays.



Energy & Natural Resources Winner

AEC Excellence 2016 Norconsult


Project: Vamma 12

Company: Norconsult

Owner: Hafslund

Location: Norway

When Vamma, Norway’s largest river hydropower plant, needed an upgrade—complete with new turbine, generator, control system, and switchgear—Norconsult used reality capture to combine real-world context with 3D design. This helped Norconsult uncover potential problem areas that, if modeled in the traditional ways, would’ve been discovered only during the construction phase. Where previous projects might have required multiple models to be built, the firm used BIM to create a single source for any type of analysis, whether structural, mechanical, or solar. And the analysis could happen much earlier in the process than was previously possible.



Construction – Large Infrastructure Project

AEC Excellence 2016 Hydrochina-Kunming


Project: HydroBIM–Yangfanggou Hydropower Station

Firm: Hydrochina Kunming Engineering Corporation Limited

Location: China

Owner: Yalong River Basin Hydropower Development Co., Ltd.

It takes energy to power the economy of tomorrow—ideally, clean energy. That’s why, like other growing countries, China is aggressively building out its system of hydroelectric power plants. These are enormous projects with unique challenges, requiring the coordination of thousands of people. With the experience gained from building 400 hydropower projects, Hydrochina Kunming Engineering Corporation Limited knows what works to get the job done right. Of the many options available, the company utilizes Building Information Modeling (BIM) to connect teams across the project lifecycle—from design to build to operate.



Construction – Small Infrastructure Project

AEC Excellence 2016 IMCO Construction


Project: Holden Mine Water Treatment Plant

Company: IMCO l Construction

Owner: Rio Tinto

Location: United States

Infrastructure projects can include a wide range of stakeholders—from designers, builders, and operators to owners, government agencies, and local communities. Often, they’re located in severe geotechnical conditions, and so must account for potential problems like landslides, mudflows, or soil liquefaction. Using Building Information Modeling (BIM) and other technology, IMCO Construction addresses these challenges on projects from highways and bridges to wharfs and wastewater plants.

“Our projects can involve lots of stakeholders and extremely difficult working conditions,” says Brian Smith of IMCO Construction. “BIM helps us keep everyone looped in at all times—and manage everything from planning and scheduling to construction and operations—so we can meet tight deadlines while doing the job right.”




Honorable mentions

Project: ELFF – on Great Western Railway Route Modernisation – UK

Company: Furrer+Frey

Owner: Network Rail

Location: United Kingdom

Plans for the Great Western Railway Route Modernisation entailed the electrification and improvement of more than 1000 kilometers of pre-existing train track—to the tune of £5 billion. Teams working in different disciplines and designers working in 12 different countries needed to be able to collaborate in order to plan the project and identify risk. Electrification company Furrer + Frey combined their own BIM-based software with other BIM solutions, so clients and contractors were able to work together in the cloud using common visual language. By offering feedback on models, even British residents will have partaken in the collaboration.


AEC Excellence 2016 Aurecon


Project: Barangaroo Reserve

Company & owner: Aurecon

Location: Australia

In 2012, the Barangaroo Reserve redevelopment initiative was launched to change an ugly, largely derelict section of Sydney’s harbor foreshore into an easily accessible public domain that would embody world-class design excellence and demonstrate maximum sustainability. BIM facilitated the construction of the 1.4-kilometer sandstone foreshore through the extraction and replacement of 6,600 sandstone blocks. BIM was also used to document, plan, and track the progress of the Cutaway, a 75,000-cubic-meter subterranean cultural space—one of the largest subterranean spaces in Australia. All told, BIM saved the project more than 4 months and AUD$40 million. Read the article Defining New Possibilities with 4D BIM


Project: Highway A1 Apeldoorn Azelo

Company: Royal Haskoning DHV

Owner: Rijkswaterstaat – Dutch ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

Location: The Netherlands

The A1 motorway in the Netherlands was due for an overhaul. A major economic thruway, it suffered from frequent bottlenecks and needed an extension. With a tight deadline and set budget, engineering consulting firm Royal HaskoningDHV used BIM to link myriad shareholders, from designers to the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. Virtual reality enabled stakeholders and team members to make better decisions on the project’s outcome. Best of all, BIM facilitated significant time savings—while projects of this scope usually take 6 to 12 months to design, the highway expansion project’s baseline design was completed in just 8 weeks.


Project: Singapore-Sichuan Hi-tech Innovation Park BIM Consulting Service

Company: Sichuan Communication Surveying & Design Institute (SCODI)

Owner: Sino-Singapore (Chengdu) Innovation Park Development Co. Ltd. (SSCIP

Location: China

Before construction began in May 2012, the Sichuan Communication Surveying & Design Institute knew that the creation of the Singapore-Sichuan Hi-Tech Innovation Park ran the risk of being chaotic—with multiple contractors, several design teams, and a complex underground network of pipes. With BIM, the Institute could simulate different solutions for drainage and other infrastructural elements, and the mobile terminal streamlined project management and design collaboration.