Trimble is announcing the winners of its 2022 Tekla Global Building Information Modelling (BIM) Awards. In this biennial competition, key structural construction projects from around the world that use Tekla solutions are judged in eight categories. The criteria the projects are judged on include Use of BIM and Collaboration, Innovative Use of Tekla software, Constructability, Environmental Benefits and Cool Factor.
The overall winner for the best BIM project of 2022 is T2 Alliance, for the Helsinki Airport expansion project.
Jari Heino, vice president and general manager at Trimble Tekla, said: “The Tekla Global BIM Awards celebrate the best in structural engineering and BIM. Our Tekla software enables structural engineers the world over to push the envelope of design quality, functionality and sustainability. The exceptional quality of this year’s entries shows the progress that the Tekla community is making in furthering the impact of the structural engineering trade.”
The winner of the best BIM Project: T2 Alliance, Helsinki Airport, Finland is a 103,000m2 extension to the airport. This €1 billion project was a cooperation between Ramboll Finland, Finavia Corporation, SRV Rakennus, ALA Architects Ltd, Arkkitehtitoimisto HKP, and Gravicon. The project entails a new 450,000m2 apron, 16 new wide-bodied plane parking positions, and 4,800 new parking spaces for cars. Finavia, the owner of the project, achieved the BREEAM Excellent sustainability certification.
The BIM-based collaboration throughout the project was instrumental to the success of the project. All 100-200 engineers and building product manufacturers modelled their products digitally. The contractors used over 400 models in the project using 30 BIM-related software products.
“This project showcased such a strong way of collaborating and building things digitally and then creating the physical twin. It demonstrated innovation and re-engineering the processes for the benefit of all the different stakeholders,” said jury member Salla Eckhardt, director of Digital Building Lifecycle & Innovation at Microsoft.
As the winning team, T2 Alliance will present its Helsinki Airport project at Dimensions+ 2022, the Trimble User Conference taking place in Las Vegas, 7-9 November 2022.
What started as a regional drawing contest in 1999, has grown into an internationally recognised competition in the field of structural engineering. Teams from across the globe working on some of the world’s most challenging projects compete on the basis of the best or most innovative use of BIM and digital technologies in structural engineering. Over 132 projects were entered in this year's competition, which included winners of regional Tekla BIM Awards from 37 countries.
The projects are judged by an international jury consisting of industry experts. These are: Salla Eckhardt, director of Digital Building Lifecycle & Innovation at Microsoft (US); David Lash, product manager of Tekla Structures at Trimble; Kalle Kähkönen, professor & head of Civil Engineering Unit at Tampere University (Finland); and Holger Karutz, civil engineer & editor-in-chief at CPI Concrete Plant International trade journals (Germany).