Tekla Global BIM Awards is an annual competition for projects that are pushing the boundaries of BIM to create the world’s most impressive structural designs. You may already know the student awards, but there is more – it’s time to get to know the very top of construction.

In 2016, well over 200 projects participated to the local Tekla BIM awards around the world, and over 70 local winners entered the global contest. The jury of international industry experts chose the winners focusing on qualities such as constructability and naturally the innovative use of BIM and collaboration.

Here are the best projects of 2016 

Best BIM Project of 2016 and Best Commercial Project: Campus Thales Bordeaux, France, by GA group. The office complex has room for 2500 employees, showrooms and more, but construction took just 18 months. Error-free information available at the right time, was crucial. The general contractor GA, who managed design, fabrication and construction, used the model from conceptual design to construction, and the model included an incredible amount of information. Read more

Best projects of 2016: Best BIM Project of 2016 and Best Commercial Project Best projects of 2016: Best BIM Project of 2016 and Best Commercial Project

Best Public Project: JUST, a new social and healthcare center in Finland, by the JUST Alliance of nine project parties. In this multi-material project, the team used BIM for jobs like production, site, schedule and task planning; sectioning; cost estimating and quality assurance. They searched for new ways of using BIM later during the building lifecycle, not only for design and construction. Read more.

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Best Industrial Project: The Warehouse’s SIDC Extension in New Zealand by Holmes Consulting Group. The distribution center extension adds to an existing building that had shifted during an earthquake in 2011 – something that makes everything more complicated. To match the structures and ensure safety, the team used a point cloud created by laser scanning and matched the old and new model structures virtually. The construction workflow was smooth and the owner now has a wealth of useful information for maintenance and potential future extensions. Read more.

Best projects of 2016: Best Industrial Project Best projects of 2016: Best Industrial Project

Best Infrastructure Project: Ordsall Chord in the UK by the Northern Hub Alliance is a 300-meter railway line connecting central Manchester railway stations. It includes a new viaduct that fits in with a historical bridge from 1830. The team used point cloud data of the existing infrastructure as a basis for modeling, and later created constructible steel and concrete models with a higher LOD (level of development). The key partners worked together from the early stages of the project. Read more.

Best projects of 2016: Best Infrastructure Project Best projects of 2016: Best Infrastructure Project

Best Sports & Recreation Project: Sportcampus Zuiderpark in the Netherlands by Oostingh Staalbouw Katwijk. 15 designers worked together in three different locations, using the model for estimation, purchasing, production planning and erection. For steel fabrication automation, the data flowed from the model to machinery, and the team coordinated the precast hollow core floor and fireproofing information with the model. Read more.

Best projects of 2016: Best Sports & Recreation Project Best projects of 2016: Best Sports & Recreation Project

Best Small Project: Euler canopy in Paris by Viry (Fayat Group). The canopy has no vertical columns, which made the erection phase of the geometrically challenging structure difficult. Thanks to BIM the project was built with accuracy. Location near the busy Champs Elysées posed an additional challenge to site management and logistics, requiring very punctual deliveries. Read more.

Best projects of 2016: Best Small Project Best projects of 2016: Best Small Project

Best Student Project: Model of Lodz City Gate, Poland, by students of Lodz University of Technology. The students of civil engineering, architecture and environmental engineering created an alternative version of the current gate: a three-part, glass-covered office building with public space. Read more.

Best projects of 2016: Best Student Project Best projects of 2016: Best Student Project

Special Recognition: Izmit Bay Suspension Bridge in Turkey was modeled and fabricated by CIMTAS. The fourth longest suspension bridge in the world has a central span of 1550 meters and total length of 2682 meters. The structure had extremely tight fabrication tolerances. The team used Tekla Structures model in transportation and erection, as well as for steel fabrication as a source of robotic welding and CNC data. Read more.

Best projects of 2016: Special Recognition Best projects of 2016: Special Recognition

Public Vote Winner: Eversendai's Midfield Terminal Complex. This project included piers, gate houses and passenger bridges of the new Abu Dhabi airport terminal. Read more.

Best projects of 2016: Public Vote Winner Best projects of 2016: Public Vote Winner

With their differences, these projects showcase the variety of challenges that construction professionals meet, their different roles and developing ways of working that pave road to successful building. Learning from the success of others is inspiring.