Global BIM Award Winners

Every year Tekla hold the Tekla Global BIM Awards as a way to express its appreciation towards its customers. Tekla software has played a great role in building many of the complex and iconic structures seen by all of us every day and the awards share these success stories worldwide.

The Tekla Global BIM Awards winners are chosen by a jury of international BIM experts from the local BIM champions from around the world. This time Australasia had four great entries that were unfortunately pipped at the post by some very strong BIM projects.

You can see the Tekla Global BIM Awards winners on the Tekla website. Congratulations to all that entered, including the Australasian entries profiled below.

Cast in Place entry ? Bruce Highway Upgrade Section A

GHD Services
Road Bridge
Size: approx 3200 cubic metres of concrete, approx 400 tonnes of reinforcing steel
Location: Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Cooroy Southern Interchange Bridge is one of six bridges on the Bruce Highway Cooroy to Curra upgrade project for the Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads. The upgrade project, known as ?Section A?, includes 13km of new road alignment, bridges and other civil and structural works at Federal on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

The bridge itself is a dual-roadway, 2-span composite prestressed concrete deck unit and reinforced concrete deck slab overpass, 60m long and 27m wide, and includes a 9m wide and long off-ramp bridge. The bridge materials total about 3200 cubic meters of concrete and about 400 tons of reinforcing steel.

The Tekla model includes primarily cast in place and precast concrete elements with reinforcement. The modelling elements were used to create the bridge structure comprising precast concrete driven piles, pilecaps, columns, abutment and pier headstocks, wingwalls, precast and cast in place barrier panels, deck units, deck slabs and relieving slabs.

The model was used for creating construction drawings, reports (including quantity take-offs), 3D visualisations for client viewing and project collaboration between the design office team and construction site team, using IFC models viewable in Tekla BIMsight.


Total BIM entry ? Spudshed Development

BlueScope Building & Construction
Retail precinct
Size: 87 tonnes structural steel,
24 tonnes cladding
Location: Perth, Western Australia

With the building spanning between two parallel roads, the project presented unusual problems relating to existing roadside pavement levels, services and access requirements that Tekla Structures helped to resolve at the drafting stage. There was a strict deadline of an advertised opening day of a retail outlet.

Tekla BIMsight was utilised to coordinate the air-conditioning and refrigeration requirements of a fresh produce store to locate and to provide for internal and external air conditioning platforms, to coordinate the height and positioning of awnings in relation to set roadside levels and existing services, including a light pole in the middle of an awning.

Tekla Structures has been utilised to export the design into 3D format for the shop fit out of the building, to coordinate the structures and services for position of sale, freezers, and for a commercial kitchen design.


Steel entry ? Baylor University Stadium

BDS Vircon
Sports Stadium
Size: 26 000 tonnes
Location: America

This project had various consultants and trades that the structural steel needed to coordinate with. With an aggressive schedule, it was important that there was a fluent information flow between the consultants and trades.

This Stadium is an unsymmetrical shape, unlike many other stadium projects. Due to this, most of the roof trusses were of unique lengths, which created unique truss geometry and therefore also unique connections between the trusses.

In this project, there was a requirement for the consultants and trades to upload models on a weekly basis to a cloud server for BIM coordination. Through this process, some clashes and misalignments between trades’ models were identified. The BIM process allowed these discrepancies to be found and resolved before materials were shipped to the site and installed, therefore saving costs and avoiding major delays to the construction schedule.


Precast entry ? Mercure Hotel

GWH Guild (Hunter Structural Steel)
Size: 270 tonnes of concrete, 1 000 tonnes of steel
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales

On the project, Hunter steel worked with Hunter Precast, part of GWH Guild. Archicad and Tekla models were combined in 3D for coordinating BIM.
The hotel:

  • 50-room hotel with a restaurant and 3 fast food outlets.
  • One half of the structure of two hotels and motels worth $19 Million.
  • Creating more than 70 construction jobs, and when finished more than 100 staff positions. The project is contributing to the $80 Million Terminal expansion of Newcastle airport.