Hydropower Plant in China, Highway Exchange in Washington State and Mixed-Use Academic Center in New York Take Top Honors in New Competition.
Managed by CGarchitect, and co-sponsored by Autodesk and HP, the competition’s jury of industry experts selected the winners from a total of 44 submissions covering a wide range of transportation, land development, urban planning, water/wastewater and energy related projects. Entries were judged based on complexity, innovative use of technology, sustainability factors and the overall value Autodesk software and BIM for Infrastructure provided to the project outcome, whether used to plan, design, build or manage infrastructure projects. The winners will be honored at the upcoming Autodesk University 2012 conference this November in Las Vegas, where HP will be demonstrating their latest technology and awarding first place winner KHIDI an HP EliteBook 8560w Mobile Workstation.
Kunming, China-based KHIDI was awarded the first place prize for the HD hydropower station project located in southwestern China. In addition to generating much needed power, the station will help with flood control, irrigation, increased water supply, soil and water conservation and tourism. The project includes a concrete gravity dam with a maximum height of 203 meters, with a total capacity of 1.5 billion cubic meters and an installed capacity of 1,900 megawatts. For this massive project covering an area of approximately 20 square kilometers, the KHIDI team used software in the Autodesk Design and Creation suites to enable BIM workflows for the design of hydraulic structures, design and the composition of metal structures, surveying, hydrological design, construction, clash detection, virtual walkthroughs, 4D simulation and support for planning and design, multi-program comparison and selections, and presentations for stakeholders.
“The application of Autodesk software for BIM has greatly improved our design quality,” said Xuelei Wu, BIM project team member, KHIDI. “Employing BIM workflows has helped us in many ways, including: collaborative design and planning across disciplines, BIM-based estimation of construction volumes, detection of conflicts between design models, multi-schematic conceptual design and application, virtual interactive walkthroughs and better presentation of blueprints, as well as a dramatic enhancement in design quality and efficiency.”
The second place prize was awarded to the Clark County Public Works Department for work on the Salmon Creek Interchange Project, a joint effort between the county and the Washington State Department of Transportation.
The New York City office of Stantec Consulting received the third place prize for their work on the Columbia University Manhattanville project, a 17-acre, mixed- use academic center in the former Manhattanville manufacturing zone of West Harlem in New York City.