For the last eight years, software solutions provider Bentley Systems’ Be Inspired Awards competition has showcased excellence and innovation in the design, construction, and operations of architecture and engineering infrastructure projects around the world.
The program’s goals are simple: advance innovation and best practices in design, engineering, construction, operations, and project delivery, and promote the extraordinary work of the organisations that help sustain the world’s infrastructure.
This year, there are a whopping 58 finalists selected from nominations submitted by organisations from 39 countries.
“Our Be Inspired Awards program this year drew exceptionally strong project nominations of the highest calibre from the four corners of the globe,” Bentley Systems COO Malcolm Walter said. “They represented every major category of infrastructure asset and spanned small to mega projects – from electric substations, mining facilities, water distribution networks, and water and wastewater treatment plants to airport expansions, energy-efficient buildings, major bridges, road and rail transportation systems, renewable energy and clean power plants, offshore structures, and much more”
Walter said the projects may be vastly different, but they are held together by one common bond.
“As diverse as these projects are, they each exemplify the extraordinary intelligent infrastructure that can be realized when architects, engineers, builders, geospatial professionals, and owner-operators work smarter, together leveraging information modelling through integrated projects, facilitated by information mobility,” he said.
The categories are extensive to say the least, with finalists shortlisted across both market and discipline sectors from Buildings, Bridges, Land Development and Mining to Construction, Offshore Engineering and Structural Engineering.
Australia is represented by four projects.
In the Structural Engineering category, Arup’s South Morang rail extension in Melbourne is one of three projects vying for the title.
The $650 million rail extension will improve access to public transport for the northern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. The fast-track project included redevelopment of two existing stations, 3.5 kilometers of new double track extension, and the new South Morang Station and modal interchange.
In the Mining and Metals category, AMEC’s Cloudbreak Enhancement Project in Pilbara has made it to the shortlist.
After a feasibility study, the $247 million engineering, procurement, and construction contract for FMG’s Cloudbreak ore-handling plant in Western Australia was delivered in just 19 months.
Robert Elks & Associates’ work on the Rock Bolting Rig in Onslow is up for Innovation in Offshore Engineering.
The $37 billion Gorgon project is developing the Gorgon and Jansz gas fields off the northwest coast of Western Australia. Part of this project is the 59.4-kilometre-long DomGas pipeline. Robert Elks & Associates was retained to perform structural and mechanical engineering design and fabrication detailing for the rock bolting rig, which will install 1,546 pairs of stabilization anchors along the pipeline.
Finally, Melbourne Water’s Eastern Treatment Plant has made the cut in the Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant category.
The $418 million upgrade will add an advanced tertiary treatment plant to produce 708 megalitres per day of high-quality recycled water for non-potable applications. The plant will also improve treated effluent quality at the ocean discharge outfall and so benefit the marine environment.
The winners will be announced at an event to be held in Amsterdam on November 13 and 14.