Innovation in Land Development, Engineering, and Management

Projects that demonstrate excellence in planning, civil, environmental, and geotechnical engineering, analysis, design, and management of site projects for buildings, plants, environmental, commercial, or governmental campuses.

Lower Fox River, Operable Unit 1
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Winner

Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC
Lower Fox River, Operable Unit 1
Neenah, Wisconsin, United States

Due to discharges from paper mills and other industries, the Lower Fox River in Neenah, Wisconsin, had high concentrations of PCB contamination. Foth Infrastructure & Environment proposed and executed a USD 100 million remedial action plan focused on dredging areas of the river with the highest sediment PCB concentrations. The plan included design of a protective engineered cap for areas with lesser PCB concentrations, and designated areas with the lowest PCB concentrations to receive a sand cover.

MicroStation and InRoads were used to develop, evaluate, and combine the alternatives to create an optimized remedy for the site that would rapidly achieve the project cleanup goals while minimizing costs. The development of this optimized remedy shortened the implementation time by nearly five years and hastened ecosystem recovery, resulting in a cost savings of nearly USD 50 million.

M-1 RAIL Streetcar Project – Advanced Utility Investigation
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Finalist

HNTB Corporation
M-1 RAIL Streetcar Project – Advanced Utility Investigation
Detroit, Michigan, United States

The M-1 Rail project will be an urban fixed-rail system connecting downtown Detroit, Michigan, to the New Center area along Woodward Avenue (M-1). The route is 3.3 miles long with 11 station stops. As part of M-1 Rail’s utility investigation, HNTB and its partner Surveying Solutions conducted a detailed manhole investigation along Woodward Avenue using a state-of-the-art scanner and traditional survey methods.

This survey data allowed the team to verify the dimensions for tops of pipes and manhole widths and depths, and take correct digital measurements of other features within each structure. This data was then incorporated into the project’s 3D model created from MicroStation, InRoads, and InRoads Storm & Sanitary. Bentley Navigator was used to perform clash detection, providing increased project confidence and ultimately reducing costs for all parties.

Senate Wind Farm
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Finalist

Mortenson Construction
Senate Wind Farm
Graham, Texas, United States

Featuring 75 turbines on 100-meter towers capable of producing up to 150 megawatts of electricity, the Senate Wind Project in Graham, Texas, is one of the first wind projects in the state to be built on a narrow ridge line. Project owner Gamesa initially was concerned whether the project could be constructed on such difficult terrain and whether all of the proposed turbines could remain in the project.

Using MicroStation, InRoads, GEOPAK, Bentley Map, and Bentley View, Mortenson Construction modeled the turbine sites at each phase of the construction process – from foundation excavation to turbine component offload to turbine erection with a 650-ton crane. The firm’s logistics plan for the 27-square-mile area permitted the offload and construction of the turbines while maximizing site elevation to capture wind resources.