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SCIA User Contest

SCIA User Contest

In all we do, our purpose is to delight our customers by helping them create the best structural designs. With our SCIA User contest, we bring together all the success and results with SCIA Engineer. Together, they inspire and empower us to innovate and to provide our customers with the tool that enables them to do anything they aspire. 

We launched the first SCIA User Contest in 1992, when the software was still running on DOS, with dozens of participating projects located in several European countries. Since 2005, we have held the User Contest every other year and the number of participating projects has grown to over 100 from around the world. Many engineering firms have been participating since the beginning of the User Contest.  

SCIA User Contest 2020

132 international structural and civil engineering projects participated in the User Contest 2020. Utilizing SCIA Engineer as the structural analysis and design software, every one of the projects illustrated originality and precision, and many also focused on sustainability and the application of BIM. An independent international jury of nine experts from the industry and academia was very impressed with the great work and achievements of all participants and selected winners in four main contest categories as well as awarded one project with the Special Prize of the Jury for the advanced implementation of BIM. We also asked the public to select their favorite projects via SCIA’s Facebook. The winner with the most votes received the ‘Prize of the Public’ award.  

We congratulate the winners on their exceptional achievements and thank all the participants for having shared their projects and know-how with us. 

Winners and nominees

Winner Category 1: Buildings larger than 6.000m²

Besix - Terraced Tower (Rotterdam, Netherlands) 


  • Stabilogic - Paris Expo Pavillon 6 (Paris, France)
  • Prodis - Sky Park Residence Apartment Blocks (Bratislava, Slovakia)
  • VK Engineering - Möbius Towers (Brussels, Belgium) 
Contruss, Replacement Bridge

Winner Category 2: Civil Structures

Contruss Engineering s.r.o. - Replacement Bridge over the Hracholusky Reservoir (Hracholusky, Czech republic) 


  • Tractebel Engie - Bascule Bridge (Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Stráský, Hustý a partneři s.r.o. - Pedestrian Bridge over the Railway Yard (Cheb, Czech Republic)
  • Ingenieursbureau Stendess N.V. - Bowstring Bridge (Tessenderlo, Belgium) 

Winner Category 3: Industrial Buildings and Plants

Ing.Stanislav Rec - Extractor Shell Reinforcement (Olomouc, Czech Republic) 


  • ANDRITZ AG - Green Power Plant Värtaverket (Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Allcons Industry s.r.o. - System of Reduction SOx (Melnik, Czech Republic)
  • SNOECK Gebrs NV - Multifunctional Technologies Visitor Center (Marke, Belgium) 

Winner Category 4: Special Projects

ZT-Büro Lener - Bregenz Festival Stage Rigoletto (Bregenz, Austria) 


  • Luggin - Ziviltechnikergesellschaft m.b.H. - Wooden Ball (Steinberg am See, Germany)
  • Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH - Ropeway Lattice Tower (Tirol, Austria)
  • AECOM - Al Janoub Stadium (Al Wakrah, Qatar) 

'The Art of Structural Design’ book

You can learn more about all the participating projects, their challenges and solutions applied, in the 11th edition of ‘The Art of Structural Design’ book available in a hardcover and online format.

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