Arup named top global winner at Autodesk Excellence in Infrastructure Competition

05 Oct 2015

Arup has won the First Place at the international Autodesk Excellence in Infrastructure Competition 2015.

Managed by CGarchitect, and co-sponsored by Autodesk and HP, the Competition honours the world’s best application of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for civil infrastructure projects.

Our consultancy work in the MTR Shatin to Central Link Hong Kong Section – Construction Scoping and Sequencing was selected as the top winner from a total of 40 submissions covering a wide range of airports; ports; bridges and tunnels; rail and transit; roads and highways; land, urban and campus; water resources; and utilities projects.  Entries were judged based on complexity, innovative use of technology, sustainability and the execution of a BIM process to anticipate, assess and act more confidently from project start to finish and continue to add value to operations and maintenance.

The project involves construction of 1.8km twin railway tunnels, a new underground station with interchange facilities, as well as ventilation buildings and shafts in Wan Chai – one of the most built-up and busiest commercial areas in the territory.  As the lead consultant, we created a large-scale model that integrates GIS data from multiple sources and formats and consolidated this information with the proposed station, tunnels, public facilities and as-built records of the adjacent buildings.  BIM also helped with selecting the most cost-effective schemes to minimise excavation, reduce wastage in abortive works, and enhance resource allocation for unforeseen problems and conflicts.

“As one of the first movers, Arup is committed to be at forefront of BIM development, driving BIM use to improve its positive impact across a diverse spectrum of disciplines and projects,” said Timothy Suen, Arup Fellow and Director of Railway in East Asia.  “Using BIM in the design process is invaluable. With most works being underground and many things happening around the site, unforeseen conditions and changes are unavoidable. BIM allows us to make critical decisions using data that can be easily visualised, enabling the team to find alternatives more effectively with a clear overview of the sequence of work for this highly complex project.”

The winners will be honoured at the upcoming Autodesk University 2015 conference this December in Las Vegas. Here is the full list of winners and shortlisted projects.



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  • MTR Shatin to Central Link Hong Kong Section - Exh Station concourse ©Arup/MTRC


  • MTR Shatin to Central Link Hong Kong Section – Sectioning Exh Station ©Arup/MTRC


  • MTR Shatin to Central Link Hong Kong Section - Complex utilities Exh Station ©Arup/MTRC