Winners of Allplan and SCIA international user contest announced

Germany/Munich, 11. November 2015 - The two software companies Allplan and SCIA have announced the winners of the Ninth International User Contest with the motto “The Art of Structural Design”. They were looking for six challenging engineering projects characterized by originality, complexity and the innovative use of the Allplan Engineering and SCIA Engineer software packages. One Allplan user received the prize for the best BIM project.

The engineers from Pell Frischmann from the UK, BAS bvba from Belgium, BG Ingénieurs Conseils from Switzerland and Royal HaskoningDHV from the Netherlands won through among the 134 entries. For the first time, users were able to award a “people’s choice” prize and chose the the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London, by AECOM. A special prize for the best BIM project went to the Czech engineering office Building s.r.o., which deployed the planning method most convincingly in the design of an office building.

The Aviatica office building is the first construction project for a new neighborhood in Prague. In addition to the special construction form, it is characterized by use of the Open-BIM method, based on open standards and work processes. During the planning phase, for example, model data was exchanged between Allplan Engineering and SCIA Engineer in IFC format (Industry Foundation Classes). The completed model is now available for use in facility management processes.

“Excellent structures are created not least through the use of innovative products. In the case of the user contest, this means unique structures with the software from Allplan and SCIA. I am particularly pleased about the BIM special prize, which recognizes the importance of open standards and work processes during planning,” says Michael Koid, managing director of Allplan.

The winners of the contest will each receive prize money of 1,500 euros. In addition, all qualified project contributions have been collected in a volume with a print run of 5,000, which is also available as an ebook:  

The winners of the 2015 user contest:
-    Category 1 (Buildings): Pell Frischmann/The Blavatnik School of Government of the University of Oxford
-    Category 2 (Public Construction): BAS bvba/Pedestrian bridge in Wenduine/Belgium
-    Category 3 (Industrial and Plant Construction): BG Ingénieurs Conseils/Pumped-storage plant in Charmonix/Switzerland
-    Category 4 (Special Projects): Royal HaskoningDHV/Market hall in Rotterdam
-    BIM Special Prize: Building s.r.o./Aviatica office building in Prague
-    People’s Choice Prize: AECOM/Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2014 in London

About Allplan

Allplan, with head office in Munich, is one of Europe’s leading providers of Building Information Modeling (BIM) solutions. A wholly owned subsidiary of the Nemetschek Group, Allplan develops powerful IT solutions for architects, civil engineers, construction companies, and facility managers. The core product Allplan offers flexible and efficient tools for seamless planning and realization of visionary architecture and innovative engineering products. Allplan is currently in use in 19 different languages worldwide. It covers all application levels of a BIM-based CAD system: from straightforward 2D drawings to 3D models including quantity and cost calculation. Allplan also supports the Open BIM initiative and the IFC standard to ensure interoperability during the entire construction process. Further information can be found under  www.allplan.comand


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