bSI Awards 2017

BuildingSMART created the Award program to recognize exemplary projects using buildingSMART solutions. Entries must deploy one or more buildingSMART tools or standards, and are judged on how effectively, or how innovatively, they have used these to overcome interoperability challenges. Judges are called from each of the buildingSMART chapters.

‘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’. Richard Petrie, Chief Executive

The award was given for the first time at the international summit in Toronto in October 2014.

2017 Results

In 2017, architects, engineers, contractors, suppliers, clients and operators, students and any other interested parties were again invited to submit their examples of benefiting from the use of bSI open standards and products.

There were a total of 21 submissions, with a full half of the submissions applying for the design award.

US: 4

Norway: 3

China: 2

France: 2

Germany: 2

Switzerland: 2

Canada: 1

Lithuania: 1

Netherlands: 1

Singapore: 1

Spain: 1

UK: 1


Asia: 3

Europe: 13

North America: 5

All parties are welcome to take part in the competition. Entrants do not need to be members of the buildingSMART International organization. This year saw 73% of submissions by buildingSMART members.

18 of the 21 submissions deployed IFC, with BCF and COBie trailing next in line for buildingSMART Standards Use.

Looking at Submissions by Project Stage, 15 of 21 submissions employed buildingSMART standards during Construction, and 14 out of 21 for Coordinated Design and Procurement functionality.

Submissions by BIM Use has an even greater spread, but the evidence is clear. Most projects delivered multiple BIM uses. 84% achieved 3D coordination, 74% achieved some form of quantity takeoff, and 63% achieved 3D control and Planning as did Design Reviews.

Award Winners 2017

Design Award: Tønsbergprosjektet (The Tønsberg Project), Norway

The project was established as the first IPD project in Norway (to our knowledge Europe). Project meetings utilised Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) and Target Value Design (TVD) methodologies both for improving design and construction planning.

IFC was mandatory for all BIM-based exchanges. Some of the project objectives included:

• functional and construction quality equal to or better than comparable hospitals;
• 10% reduction of project cost;
• 50% reduction of construction time for all constructions above ground level, in relation to comparable projects;
• a complete open BIM handover documentation.
• BREEAM Very Good certification.

Jury Comment: “This project extensively took advantage of bSI tools and standards and applied them to a significant number of BIM use cases. This is an exemplary example of how bSI can help move the facilities industry forward.”

(l to r) Tom Einertson, Client Group Project Director, Inge Aarseth, Client Group, Steen Sunesen, Linkarkiteckur (Architects), Pål Trollsås, Skanska (Contractor), Richard Petrie, buildingSMART International Chief Executive

Construction Award: Neubau Klinikum Frankfurt Höchst, Germany

At 80,000 sqm, it is the first passive house clinic project in Europe. The hospital will have 664 beds and will take care of approximately 33.500 patients each year. The new health facility has ten operating rooms and a so-called hybrid operating room, which will have special equipment like a CT and MRI scan. It is a turnkey clinic construction providing the highest level of medical care.

The project was completely designed, built and will be operated with open BIM Technologies. The disciplinary designs were exchanged with IFC formats and coordinated with Solibri as a BIM Checker tool. Issue management was carried out using BCF files. COBie was used to extract information and IDM was used to document processes. Data exchanges between actors used mvdXML.

Jury Comment: “Based on the bSI products used and the number of use cases identified as being used, this project is clearly the winner.”

Neubau Klinikum Frankfurt Hochst
(l to r) Samir Alzeerr, BAM Deutschland, Richard Petrie bSI, Naveed Zargar, BAM Deutschland

Operations and Maintenance Award:  The Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, United States of America

At 150,000 sqm, the The Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge is to replace the existing Tappan Zee Bridge crossing. The new twin bridges are over 3 miles long and will cross the Hudson River at one of its widest points to connect Rockland and Westchester counties. The project requirements included an As-Built Crossing Database for Maintenance and Planning as part of the Bridge Maintenance and Operation deliverable.

The As-Built Crossing Database was required to include connections to project documentation which included as-built drawings, mill certifications, inspection reports, non-conformance reports, daily work reports, construction photos and more.  For a project of this size that would require making connections between hundreds of thousands of model elements and documents.

IFC provided the project a way to combine models from different platforms and normalize the data.  This placed the models in a common data environment which enabled the model to create its own external data connections to facilities management documentation based on other model parameters.

Jury Comment: “An excellent example of applying IFC to an infrastructure project with a focus on the O&M phase of the project.”

The Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge
Connor Christian, HDR

Student Award: Hesam Hamledari, Stanford - IFC-Enabled Site-to-BIM Automation: An Interoperable Approach Toward the Integration of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)-Captured Reality into BIMs

In this research project, a series of techniques were developed that automatically integrated the on-site actual conditions (such as, the state of progress, element types, and defects) into IFC-based BIMs. The site-to-BIM automation was enabled through the IFC schema.


In this project, the as-built and as-is conditions are captured using unmanned aerial vehicles and visual data analytics. The solutions developed by the author automatically analyze the structure of the input IFC data model and incorporate the UAV-captured reality into it by 1) modifying the existing IFC data instances and 2) populating the model with new IFC-compliant data structures (the design of which has been elaborated in a series of publications). As a result, project models are automatically updated without human intervention; currently, the methods support the updating of IFC-based 4D BIMs (automatic schedule and progress update); development of as-built BIMs based on design discrepancy analysis; and in-BIM documentation of UAV inspection results (providing access to inspection data directly within BIM environment).

Jury Comment: “This is an innovative approach to expanding the scope of BIM to bring in more data collection tools to augment the information collection process.”

IFCEnabled Site to BIM Automation
James Vandezande on behalf of Hesam Hamledari, Stanford University

Honourable Mentions

This distinction is awarded by the jury to projects that demonstrate criteria worthy of recognition, despite not winning their category award.

The Trend Concept in Norway, represented by Trend 4.

It is acknowledged as an SME, showing that buildingSMART methods are advantageous in small projects.

Compared to traditional building, their estimation is that they can save approximately 15% on each residential. The project shows that open BIM works among many different participants from early stage design to handover to the client.

Jury Comment: “This submission demonstrates the integration of many BIM use cases for the delivery of housing to the customer.”


The Trend Consept
Dag Runar Båtvik, Norgeshus

Losinger Marazzi, a leading property developer and construction company in Switzerland.

They present their view of the (r)evolution into BIM, their approach and thought process to roll-out and implement BIM processes, and the impact this side of digitalisation has on other project tasks, team and trade organisations, decision-making processes and procedures.

At 300,000 sqm, their project demonstrates that a centralized collaborative database has proven to be stronger, more secure and the most long-lasting of these tools. They identify that it becomes possible to manage a sizeable amount of shared data, and use buildingSMART methods as a foundation for the flow of information and that is allowing participants to choose the best product for task.

With the automatable link (configured specially for each project) and digital models produced by partners, the need to re-enter data and thus requiring frequent data checks can be kept to a minimum.

Jury Comment: “A comprehensive project taking advantage of several BSI products and multiple BIM use cases over the majority of the life of the project. Excellent example of a project that can be used for teaching.”

Losinger Marazzi
Damien Chevarin and Antoine Rerolle,

The East Dormitory Project, led by Bill East of the United States of America.

It is recognized for being a demonstration project showing how to apply the COBie standard. A team of English and Irish designers developed and tested best-practice workflows for COBie at the coordinated design stage on a 750 sqm project and produced guidance documentation to walk the end-user through the process.

The results demonstrate that high-quality COBie data for architectural and MEP disciplines can be achieved with minimal effort as part of a typical design workflow. All models, test files, QC reports and corresponding simulated construction drawings have been released for public re-use and testing. Exports of these files and corresponding Coordination MVD files are provided free of charge for use by practitioners, software developers, and researchers in their additional contexts.

Jury Comment: “This project is of significant value to the industry because it walks through a sample COBie project and demonstrates the relationships to IFC. It is primarily an educational tool and worthy of a separate award category.”

East Dormitory Project
Stephen Kelly, MMA Consulting Engineers

East Dormitory Project
Stephen Kelly, MMA Consulting Engineers