buildingSMART International Awards 2020

The 2020 Awards Submissions Period is now closed. Further details to follow shortly.

The full list of finalists for the Awards Program 2020 has been announced. Finalists will be invited to present their project to an independent jury for consideration as part of the rigorous award process. The finalist presentations will take place during the buildingSMART Virtual Summit between 28th – 29th October 2020. Attendees of the virtual summit will be able to watch the finalist presentations. Winners will be announced at the virtual summit on 29th October 2020.

The full list of finalists from over 100 submissions can be read here:

Award Categories for 2020

The Project Delivery category is for firms typically in the AEC industry that deliver projects in the various phases of design, construction and handover. For the Operational category, submissions should demonstrate the successful use of standards and solutions during the operations and maintenance of assets. Typically this category is for owner-operators. The Research category is for academia. Finally, the Technology category is design for software companies and organizations that either use or develop buildingSMART related applications and solutions.  More information about each category can be found below.

Project Delivery Excellence

An industry project award recognizing excellence by any stakeholder in construction project delivery using openBIM.

CategoryDescription
Design using openBIMAn industry construction project with demonstrated excellence using openBIM during the Design phase of project delivery.
Construction using openBIMAn industry construction project with demonstrated excellence using openBIM during the Construction phase of project delivery.
Integrated Project DeliveryAn industry construction project with demonstrated excellence using openBIM in an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) setting.
Handover using openBIM An industry construction project with demonstrated excellence using openBIM for Handover of datasets and information during Project Close-out.

Operational Excellence

Operational excellence using openBIM by any stakeholder during the Operations phase of a built asset.

CategoryDescription
Asset Management using openBIM Asset lifecycle information management with demonstrated excellence using openBIM in the Operations phase of a built asset.

Research Excellence

A research project that advances the pursuit of interoperability using buildingSMART schema or tools.

CategoryDescription
Professional Research using openBIMResearch excellence using openBIM led by academic, industry or government professionals.
Student Research using openBIMResearch excellence using openBIM led by students.

Technology Excellence

Software development deploying buildingSMART schema, tools or standards.

CategoryDescription
Technology Solution using openBIMAn applied technology solution developed on the back of buildingSMART schema.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

No. This awards program is to acknowledge exemplary use of openBIM; only openBIM evidence will be considered for an award.

No. However the Project Phase being demonstrated for receipt of an award must have been completed in order to show results. For example, a submission to the Design Using OpenBIM award category must be a project that has completed the Design Phase.

The submission must demonstrate results of using openBIM, wherever in the process that may be.

Yes. If you feel the project has merit and will be competitive with other submissions, you are welcome to submit your project for consideration. Projects can take multiple years to complete; submitters may decide to submit the same project to later project phase awards where results are available to demonstrate.

Yes. If you feel the project has merit and will be competitive with other submissions, you are welcome to submit your project for consideration. However, projects that won an award will not be able to requalify for the same category they won an award for. Projects that won an award are still eligible to submit for a different category. Past submitters are also eligible to submit a new project to the same category they have won an award for previously.

Yes. If you feel the project has merit and will be competitive with other submissions, you are welcome to submit your project for consideration. All other competitions outside of this program have no bearing on this competition.

Yes. Where IFC has been used, we expect to see the project workflows in action. However, for submissions that did not use IFC and are demonstrating the use of other buildingSMART open standards, tools and products (or in addition to IFC), we expect to see a clear demonstration of workflows for those (also).

Absolutely! We encourage all well-documented experiences with all buildingSMART standards, tools and products. Indeed, there is an optional field in the submission to identify this for additional points.

Although there is no requirement for the completion of a Use Case Template, any information about Use Cases is highly encouraged as part of the overall submission.

There are several ways that evidence for the use of openBIM can be documented. The submission platform allows for written fields as well as attachments. Attachments to the submission are for any visual information to support the written information, such as, but not limited to:

  • Images
  • Presentations slides with screen shots and detailed descriptions
  • Flow charts or diagrams showing openBIM workflows
  • Short (<2-minute) videos demonstrating how Open Standards (eg. IFC) was used on the project
  • Project URL
  • Project model files
  • Company Marketing material
  • Drone flyover video of the project
Richard Petrie

Richard Petrie

CEO buildingSMART International

"It’s an opportunity for companies to showcase their application of buildingSMART open standard solutions to current challenges of interoperability faced during collaborative project delivery or asset operations"