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SCIA and Allplan announce the winners of the User Contest 2015

Release Date: 
Monday, 21 September, 2015
Press type: 
Press Release

Herk-de-Stad, 21 September 2015 - SCIA and Allplan, two leading providers of structural engineering and BIM software, today reveal the winners of their 2015 “The Art in Structural Design” contest. The competition showcases unique constructions and innovative achievements from the world’s top engineers.

An independent, international jury of nine renowned experts and academics gathered to evaluate 134 projects that are spread worldwide over four continents. This year’s winners were selected in four categories and judged by the project originality, complexity and cutting-edge use of the software.

A “Special BIM Jury Prize” was also awarded to provide recognition to the advanced implementation of a BIM process and interoperability. In this ninth edition and for the first time of this celebrated biennial contest, Allplan and SCIA users got a voice and a “Prize of the Public” award was introduced. The winners are:

  • Buildings (Cat 1): Pell Frischmann / Blavatnik School of Government - Oxford (UK)
  • Civil Structures (Cat 2):  BAS bvba / Pedestrian Bridge - Wenduine (B)
  • Industrial Buildings & Plants (Cat 3): BG Ingénieurs Conseils / Nant de Drance - Chamonix (CH)
  • Special Projects (Cat 4): Royal HaskoningDHV / Markthal - Rotterdam (NL)
  • Special BIM Jury Prize:  Building s.r.o / Modern Office Building - Prague (CZ)
  • Prize of the Public: Aecom / Serpentine Gallery - London (UK)

All qualified entries and contest winners are published in a book aptly named “The Art of Structural Design”. This book of 175 pages is available in hardcover print and electronic formats. Each of the 6 winners were awarded a 1,500 € (USD$1,650) cash prize.

Open BIM and Prize of the Jury

Mr. Patrik Heider, Spokesman of the Executive Board, and CFOO of the Nemetschek Group, explains, “This ninth edition of our engineering awards is a real merriment and tribute to the many inspiring projects of structural and civil engineering and the great designers behind them. Interoperability and the importance of adopting a BIM workflow has gotten indispensable nowadays. When assessing the participating projects we are proud to observe how widespread the application of a BIM process has now become, implementing SCIA and Allplan as engineering software tools.”

The importance of using a BIM workflow was confirmed by the jury when awarding the “Special BIM Jury Prize” to Building s.r.o., for their modern ‘Aviatica’ Office Building. In referring to the project, the Jury commented: “This project stands out for advanced practice and implementation of Open BIM. The use of the IFC format to exchange the models between Allplan Engineering and SCIA Engineer in the design phase and finally using the full model for future facility management are really impressive.”


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About SCIA

Established in 1974, SCIA has become one of the world’s leading developers of structural design and analysis software that supports the Open BIM process. SCIA is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Nemetschek Group – a global leader in software that supports the Building Information Modelling (BIM) workflow. SCIA Engineer is an integrated, multi-material structural analysis and design software for all kinds of projects. Its wide range of functionality make it usable for all kinds of projects: design office buildings, industrial plants and bridges, all within the same easy-to-use environment.


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.


Contact details

Attn. Mr. Cyril Heck
Industrieweg 1007
3540 Herk-de-Stad (Belgium)

Tel.: (+32) 013 55.17.75
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