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AEC Excellence Awards 2018

The best projects in infrastructure

With the demand for infrastructure at unprecedented levels, the winners showcase how the future of infrastructure is taking place right now and in incredible ways.

MIB - micro scale urban planning methodology

Small Project (less than $100 Million)

Empresa Desarrollo Urbano de Medellín

Colombia’s second-largest city, Medellín, is located in the Andes Mountains roughly 1,500 meters above sea level, and much of the city’s development extends up the sides of the area’s many mountains. Some of that development took place with little or no planning, with neighborhoods forming as people built small dwellings. However, many of these vibrant communities are located on land at high risk of dangerous landslides.

A public entity, the Empresa Desarrollo Urbano de Medellín (EDU) used BIM tools to plan safer communities for people living in these areas.

Wuhan-Xiangyang-Shiyan Railway

Medium Project ($100 Million - $500 Million)

China Railway Siyuan Survey and Design Group Co., Ltd.

The Wuhan to Xi’an high-speed railway project includes the Wudangshan Station to Wangjiazhuang Tunnel segment—a passenger line spanning 8.3 kilometers. At an expected cost of USD$160 million, the line required the collaboration of experts in tunnel, bridge, station, and rail-line design. More than 50 design and engineering professionals from the China Railway Siyuan Survey and Design Group joined the project team, and together they completed the design quickly by collaborating to automate and improve BIM design processes.

The Parallel Line of the Fourth Diversion Expressway BIM Application

Large Project (over $500 Million)

Chongqing Municipal Research Institute of Design

Located in Chongqing, China, the Parallel Line of the Fourth Diversion Expressway will add much-needed transportation capacity to a growing municipality. Chongqing is a mountainous city bisected by the Yangtze River, and river crossings and mountains make up much of the 28-kilometer-long project. From start to finish, the project team relied on BIM tools to help them integrate their work-flows as they planned and designed the complex project.

Infrastructure category finalists

  • Taejongdae Monorail Project

    Sambo Engineering used BIM to design a new monorail project in Korea’s Taejongdae Park.

  • New bridge of "La Rivière des Galets"

    Tight space conditions and accelerated project delivery require a robust BIM model for a new bridge.

  • Atakoy-Ikitelli Metro Line in Istanbul, Turkey

    Navigating busy neighborhoods to design one of Istanbul's first fully automated subway lines.

  • Development of integrated model for cost estimation in Infraworks 360

    InfraWorks helps develop an innovative approach for early costing during preliminary design—helping Norway deliver high quality railway networks for less money.

  • BIM Innvoative Design of Venice Offshore Container Terminal, Italy

    Port of Venice expands trade by building container terminal nearly 8 miles off coast.

Category winners

See how technology for collaboration, prefabrication, and design automation are transforming the way the industry works.

  • Infrastructure

    With the demand for infrastructure at unprecedented levels, the winners showcase how the future of infrastructure is taking place right now and in incredible ways

  • Building design

    Award-winning projects demonstrate the opportunity to push the industry to new heights and meet today’s challenges.

  • Construction

    Taking a new view at how construction is approached and the dramatic, positive results when applied.

  • Innovator of the Year

    Debuting this year, the new award recognizes a person who is transforming the design and construction industry.