Two Australian projects win Year in Infrastructure Awards

Two Australian organisations have beaten out the competition in their respective categories, taking home top accolades at the 2018 Bentley Year in Infrastructure awards in London.

Fifty-seven finalists were chosen in total for the 2018 awards, selected by 12 separate and independent panels from a pool of 420 nominations, submitted by 340 user organisations globally.

The awards seek to recognise excellence in infrastructure construction, management, maintenance, operations and project delivery for users of Bentley products in 12 categories and closed the 2018 Year in Infrastructure conference held at the London Hilton Metropole.

In the Reality Modelling category, Skand took out the top award with their entry, titled Building Envelope Inspection Powered by Machine Learning and Reality Modelling for RMIT University Brunswick Campus.

The project initiated a building inspection regime that aimed to incorporate drone imagery and analysis into RMIT’s 40-year, ISO-certified asset lifecycle program

The Skand team piloted the project at the Brunswick campus, captured aerial and ground images of the campus and transformed them into meaningful data sets mapped to a 3D reality mesh, and ultimately delivering a 3D campus model in the web platform within seven days, saving an estimated $70,000.

In the Mining & Offshore Engineering category, Northern Engineering & Technology Corporation took out the gold for their Sino Iron Ore mine project in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

The mine is the largest monomer mining project in Australia to be invested in by China, with challenges in design, construction and communication due to construction standards and management concepts differences between China and Australia differ, and insufficient construction resources.

The firm simulated a module assembly and construction environment in advance, allowing them to identify and resolve problems in advance, ultimately facilitating a BIM solution that allowed accurate drawing extractions that met international standards, reducing design changes by an estimated 80 per cent.

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