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2021 Winners

Congratulations to the 2021 Winners and Finalists

The categories for the 2021 Going Digital Awards in Infrastructure encompass all forms of infrastructure projects and stages – from design, to construction, to operations.

The projects in each category are judged by an independent panel of jurors, using criteria specific to each category.


Winner and Finalists


New York State Department of Transportation

East 138th Street over the Major Deegan Expressway

Location: New York City, New York, United States
Image Credit: New York State Department of Transportation

project screenshot of Major Deegan Expressway bridge

Project Description

Originally built in 1938, the existing East 138th Street Bridge is being replaced to eliminate vertical clearance issues and optimize vehicle and pedestrian traffic demands. NYSDOT wanted to use a digital twin as the primary construction document. Located in a heavily congested area, the team needed to create the construction sequencing plan and accommodate existing utilities, compounded by COVID-19. They needed a hybrid modeling approach to generate a digital twin of the complex superstructure and pedestrian components.

Already familiar with Bentley applications, they used OpenBridge Modeler, OpenRoads Designer, and ProSteel to generate an accurate 3D model. iTwin Design Review provided a central platform for over 180 reviewers. Bentley’s integrated technology helped identify and resolve costly issues prior to construction. SYNCHRO 4D facilitated visual, dynamic construction sequencing and traffic control planning for better project coordination. The digital twin is a tool for asset management and bridge inspection.

Project Playbook: MicroStation, OpenBridge Designer, OpenBridge Modeler, OpenRoads Designer, ProjectWise, ProSteel, ProStructures, SYNCHRO 4D


Nanyanjiang InterCity Railway under construction

CCCC Third Harbor Engineering Co., Ltd.

Nanyanjiang Intercity Railway Front-End Engineering Project of CCCC Third Harbor Engineering Co., Ltd.

Location: Changshu, Jiangsu, China
Image Credit: CCCC Third Harbor Engineering Co., Ltd.


digital rendering of Lathams Road Bridge


Lathams Road Bridge

Location: Carrum Downs, Victoria, Australia
Image Credit: Hatch

Buildings and Campuses

Winner and Finalists


Volgogradnefteproekt, LLC

High-tech Multifunctional Medical Complex

Location: Yukki, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Image Credit: Volgogradnefteproekt, LLC

digital rendering of medical complex

Project Description

A high-tech multifunctional medical complex is being developed in Yukki, St. Petersburg to improve the quality, diversity, and accessibility of medical care to residents throughout Russia. The large-scale project presented technical and coordination challenges, compounded by a short three-year timeline. Volgogradnefteproekt wanted to streamline workflows and collaboration among the contractor, designer, and client. The team needed interoperable digital technology to integrate scheduling, facility design, and construction management.

They selected OpenBuildings and ProStructures to generate a 3D model and construction documentation for the entire facility, using ProjectWise to manage all models and approval processes. The solution improved and accelerated decision-making and issue resolution by 20%, allowing them to overcome a 2.5-month delay in the delivery schedule. By avoiding delay costs, they saved an estimated USD 30 million. Using ContextCapture and 4D modeling enhanced efficiencies managing construction by 30%. The digital twin help with asset management during operations.

Project Playbook: ContextCapture, iTwin Design Review, iTwin Design Validation, OpenBuildings, ProjectWise, ProStructures, SYNCHRO 4D, SYNCHRO Control


Digital rendering of Al Thumama Stadium

Arab Engineering Bureau

Al Thumama Stadium

Location: Doha, Qatar
Image Credit: Arab Engineering Bureau


project screenshot analyzing structures and land

Center for Industrial Technological Studies and Services No. 33

CETIS 33 BIM Workshop

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Image Credit: Center for Industrial Technological Studies and Services No. 33

Digital Cities

Winner and Finalists


Hubei International Logistics Airport Co., Ltd., Shenzhen S.F. Taisen Holdings (Group) Co., Ltd., Airport Construction Engineering Co., Ltd.

Ezhou Huahu Airport Project

Location: Ezhou, Hubei, China
Image Credit: Hubei International Logistics Airport Co., Ltd., Shenzhen S.F. Taisen Holdings (Group) Co., Ltd., Airport Construction Engineering Co., Ltd.

digital rendering of Ezhou Huahu Airport

Project Description

Situated in the eastern part of Ezhou, Ezhou Huahu Airport is a new international airport and aviation logistics port, as well as Asia’s first professional cargo airport. The project covers 11.89 square kilometers and requires integration of many process systems, presents complex geological challenges and an extremely tight schedule. With no existing civil aviation BIM standards and 25 million model components, they needed a digital platform capable of supporting large volumes of multisourced data and intelligent lifecycle operations.

They selected Bentley’s BIM applications to develop a 3D airport model, shortening model delivery by 90 days. ProjectWise provided an open, connected data environment, streamlining multidiscipline coordination to save CNY 12 million. Using the Bentley iTwin platform, they established a digital twin, resolving 6,000 issues to reduce costs by CNY 200 million. Bentley’s solution reduced the construction period and promotes smart construction in China’s civil aviation industry.

Project Playbook: Bentley Raceway and Cable Management, MicroStation, OpenBridge Designer, OpenBuildings, OpenRoads Designer, ProjectWise, ProStructures


software screenshot of Century Avenue

CSCEC AECOM Consultants Co., Ltd.

Application of BIM in the Design of the Renovation Project of Century Avenue in Xixian New Area

Location: Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China
Image Credit: CSCEC AECOM Consultants Co., Ltd.



University of Birmingham

Implementation of Project and Asset Based CDE

Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Image Credit: University of Birmingham

Digital Construction

Winner and Finalists


Clark Construction Group, LLC

SeaTac Airport International Arrivals Facility

Location: Seattle, Washington, United States
Image Credit: Clark Construction Group, LLC

digital rendering of airport structure

Project Description

The SeaTac Airport International Arrivals Facility is the most complex capital development project in the history of the 69-year-old Seattle airport. The project included constructing a three-story building, an elevated sterile corridor, and the world’s longest pedestrian walkway over an active airport taxi lane. Clark Construction was responsible for the design and construction but faced several challenges, including remotely assembling a 3-million-pound, 320-foot-long center-span pedestrian bridge and then transporting it to the project location.

TBy leveraging BIM and reality modeling technology with Bentley’s SYNCHRO 4D, Clark Construction linked the model with the construction schedule, developing a digital twin to fully visualize the construction sequencing. They used the application to enable precise planning and execution to safely install and fit the iconic walkway within three-eighths of an inch without causing airport disruptions. The digital twin will be used by the Port of Seattle for facilities management purposes.

Project Playbook: SYNCHRO 4D


Digital rendering of Taoshan Lake Ecological Water Conservancy project

Qitaihe Jianhe Investment and Construction Management Co., Ltd., Heilongjiang Big Data Industrial Development Co., Ltd.

Taoshan Lake Ecological Water Conservancy Project in Qitaihe City 

Location: Qitaihe, Heilongjiang, China
Image Credit: Qitaihe Jianhe Investment and Construction Management Co., Ltd., Heilongjiang Big Data Industrial Development Co., Ltd.


Software screenshot from Golden Pass LNG Project

Zachry Industrial, Inc., a Zachry Group Company

Golden Pass LNG Export Project

Location: Sabine Pass, Texas, United States
Image Credit: Zachry Industrial, Inc., a Zachry Group Company

Geotechnical Engineering

Winner and Finalists


China Water Resources Beifang Investigation, Design and Research Co. Ltd.

Geological Survey of Water Conservancy and Hydropower Engineering

Location: Tibet, China
Image Credit: China Water Resources Beifang Investigation, Design and Research Co. Ltd.

digital rendering of dam

Project Description

Located in the high-altitude alpine region of Tibet, this hydro-complex for a water conservancy initiative is focused on irrigation and power generation, improving urban and rural water supply and the regional water ecological environment. Knowing the importance of subsurface findings, the survey and design team faced challenging terrain and extreme environmental conditions, that traditional survey methods could not accommodate. They explored digital data acquisition and 3D modeling of geological data but found that many software products lacked integration and the ability to maximize data potential.

They selected Bentley’s open, vendor-neutral ecosystem to produce solutions that would digitalize the production process. Using ContextCapture to process data for geological visibility and ProjectWise for multidiscipline collaboration, new reusability of data for smart engineering evolved. The solution saved CNY 400,000 in survey costs and over 50% in survey time, improving data accuracy by over 10% and work efficiency by over 15%. Establishing a digital twin enhanced project management by 10% and sets an industry benchmark.

Project Playbook: AssetWise, ContextCapture, iTwin.js, MicroStation, OpenBuildings, OpenRoads, PLAXIS, Pointools, ProjectWise


Software screenshot of Moscow Luzhniki Stadium being analyzed

Research Center of Construction - Gersevanov Research Institute of Bases and Underground Structures (NIIOSP)

Geotechnical Aspects of the Moscow Luzhniki Stadium Reconstruction

Location: Moscow, Russia
Image Credit: Research Center for Construction – Gersevanov Research Institute of Bases and Underground Structures (NIIOSP)


Software screenshot of Moondrian project

Royal HaskoningDHV

Moondrian - A Digital Solution for Soil Investigation

Location: Netherlands
Image Credit: Royal HaskoningDHV

Land and Site Development

Winner and Finalists


Liaoning Water Conservancy and Hydropower Survey and Design Research Institute Co., Ltd.

Dongtaizi Reservoir Project

Location: Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, China
Image Credit: Liaoning Water Conservancy and Hydropower Survey and Design Research Institute Co., Ltd.

digital rendering of Dongtaizi Reservoir

Project Description

The Dongtaizi Reservoir project is a large-scale water conservancy initiative scheduled as part of China’s 13th Five-year Plan period. Liaoning Water Conservancy and Hydropower Survey and Design Research Institute is the engineering, survey, and design unit and faced technical, geological, and coordination challenges. They realized that traditional design methods were insufficient and that they needed an integrated 3D BIM approach to accommodate the geology, excavation, and dam design.

The team used ProjectWise as the collaborative design management platform, providing a connected data environment for the multiple disciplines. OpenBuildings and OpenRoads facilitated 3D modeling and visualization that helped resolve difficulties designing the ecological fishway and complex concrete dam structure. Using Bentley’s integrated applications, they completed the engineering design two weeks earlier than expected and reduced design errors by 90%. The digital models were handed over for construction monitoring, operations, and maintenance to achieve full-lifecycle BIM application.

Project Playbook: OpenBuildings, OpenRoads Designer, ProjectWise


aerial view of roadway and buildings

Korea Land and Housing Corporation, BasisSoft, Inc

BIM Design for the Hanam Gyosan 

Location: Hanam-si, Gyeonggi Province, Republic of Korea
Image Credit: Korea Land and Housing Corporation, BasisSoft, Inc


aerial image of solar farm and parking lot at Longwood Garden


Longwood Garden Overflow Parking

Location: Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, United States
Image Credit: Pennoni


Winner and Finalists


WISDRI Engineering & Research Incorporation Limited

Converter-Based Continuous Casting Project of Jinnan Steel Phase II Quwo Base Capacity Reduction & Replacement Project

Location: Quwo, Shanxi, China
Image Credit: WISDRI Engineering & Research Incorporation Limited

digital rendering of piping system

Project Description

Jinnan Steel Group invested in the Quwo Group (a merger of two steel production plants) to optimize the plant’s industrial layout and achieve higher production quality, efficiency, and sustainability. As the general contractor, WISDRI faced technical and coordination challenges, compounded by limited space and a tight schedule amid COVID-19. They sought to streamline workflows and identify risks in advance through collaborative design and construction simulation technology.

They selected ProjectWise and Bentley’s open modeling applications to digitally unify design among 16 different disciplines, reducing ambiguity and improving design quality. By performing collision detection, they eliminated 66 clashes, saving approximately CNY 1.7 million and reducing rework. Through construction simulation in SYNCHRO 4D, they cut construction by over 30 days and saved an additional CNY 3 million. The integrated digital approach minimized the impact of the pandemic and facilitated the development of a green, smart steel plant, promoting sustainable economic growth.

Project Playbook: AutoPIPE, Bentley Raceway and Cable Management, OpenBuildings, OpenPlant, ProjectWise, ProStructures, SYNCHRO 4D


piping network on manufacturing plat

Dow Chemical

Integration of Advanced Work Packaging into Global Project Methodology

Location: Houston, Texas, United States
Image Credit: Dow Chemical


Project screenshot for Neusoft Healthcare International

Shenyang Aluminum & Magnesium Engineering & Research Institute Co., Ltd.

Phase II C5 Plant Digital Twin Application Project of Neusoft Healthcare International Industrial Park

Location: Shenyang, Liaoning, China
Image Credit: Shenyang Aluminum & Magnesium Engineering & Research Institute Co., Ltd.

Mining and Offshore Engineering

Winner and Finalists



Construction of the Blagodatnoye Mill5

Location: Krasnoyarsk, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia
Image Credit: Polyus

digital rendering mill structure

Project Description

To increase gold production at the Blagodatnoye deposit in Krasnoyarsk, Polyus decided to build an additional service complex and Mill-5, a new gold processing plant. The project included the design, construction planning, and field supervision of two buildings and related infrastructure. Facing a complex design and construction modeling works among a team of over 100 employees, Polyus needed an integrated digital technology solution to implement data-driven, collaborative design and construction workflows.

They selected Bentley applications to establish seamless workflows, streamlining data and processes and using 3D models to link the construction schedule and generate reports to the field. Using ContextCapture reduced engineering design time by 22%. Working in a connected data environment with ProjectWise improved design communication by 12%. Performing construction simulation and developing cloud-based workflows optimized construction and installation works, reducing the time to facility commission by 42 days.

Project Playbook: Bentley Raceway and Cable Management, ContextCapture, MicroStation, OpenBuildings, OpenPlant, OpenRoads Designer, ProjectWise, ProStructures, SYNCHRO 4D, SYNCHRO Control, SYNCHRO Field


Offshore oil gathering transportation platform

CNOOC Energy Development Design and R&D Center

Digital Twin Project of the FPSO Offshore Oil Gathering and Transportation Platform

Location: South China Sea, Guangdong, China
Image Credit: CNOOC Energy Development Design and R&D Center


Construction of offshore wind turbine platforms

Fujian Yongfu Power Engineering Co., Ltd.

Fujian Changle Zone C Offshore Wind Farm

Location: Changle / Fuzhou, Fujian, China
Image Credit: Fujian Yongfu Power Engineering Co., Ltd.

Power Generation

Winner and Finalists


Capital Engineering and Research Incorporation Ltd.

The World’s First 60MW Subcritical Blast Furnace Gas Power Generation Project

Location: Changshu, Jiangsu, China
Image Credit: Capital Engineering And Research Incorporation Ltd.

digital rendering of power generation facility

Project Description

The Jiangsu Longteng special steel 60-megawatt project is the world’s first ultra-high-pressure, subcritical gas generator set with the smallest installed capacity. Capital Engineering & Research Corporation undertook design and construction and faced technical and coordination challenges compounded by a short timeline and limited space. To prevent clashes and simultaneously construct the physical factory and its digital twin, they needed to use open modeling applications in a connected data environment.

They used Bentley applications to establish a collaborative design platform, reducing design errors, and perform construction simulation, optimizing construction. With Bentley’s openness, they built a digital model of the entire factory with an engineering data center to achieve digital delivery based on full lifecycle information, establishing the foundation for intelligent plant operations. They reduced the cost of steel while also reducing gas emissions by 1.4 million cubic meters.

Project Playbook: AssetWise, AssetWise Digital Twin Services, AutoPIPE, AutoPLANT, Bentley Raceway and Cable Management, ContextCapture, MicroStation, OpenBuildings, OpenComms Designer, OpenPlant, OpenRoads Designer, ProjectWise, ProStructures, STAAD, SYNCHRO 4D


Wuqiangxi Hydroelectric Power Station

PowerChina ZhongNan Engineering Corporation Limited

Application of BIM Technology in the Lifecycle of Wuqiangxi Hydroelectric Power Station Expansion Project

Location: Changsha, Hunan, China
Image Credit: PowerChina ZhongNan Engineering Corporation Limited


gas pipeline system

Shandong Province Metallurgical Engineering Co., Ltd

The 2x65MW Surplus Gas Resources Comprehensive Utilization Power Generation Project of Shandong Iron and Steel Group Co., Ltd Laiwu Branch

Location: Jinan, Shandong, China
Image Credit: Shandong Province Metallurgical Engineering Co., Ltd

Project Delivery Information Management

Winner and Finalists


Mott MacDonald Systra JV with Balfour Beatty Vinci

HS2 Phase 1 Main Civil Construction Works

Location: London, United Kingdom
Image Credit: Mott MacDonald Systra JV with Balfour Beatty Vinci

digital rendering of civil construction project

Project Description

Mott MacDonald Systra (MSD JV) was awarded the design-build contract for phase 1 northern sector civil works of the High Speed 2 railway network (HS2). However, they had to manage over 1,000 people working from 30 locations across over 18 disciplines, as well as terabytes of data. The project had transformed in size since its onset, requiring more standardized processes and new technology for effective data management, change control, and transparent communication.

Already using ProjectWise, they integrated the Bentley iTwin platform, accelerating model access by 95% to save an expected GBP 200,000 annually, as well as reducing data extraction time from two weeks to within hours. They streamlined new deliverable creation with automatic metadata retrieval, reducing manual entry by 75%. Integrating advanced work packaging drastically reduced reporting times and streamlined information sharing, accelerating the project schedule.

Project Playbook: ContextCapture, iTwin.js, iTwin Design Insights, iTwin Design Review, iTwin Design Validation, MicroStation, OpenBridge Designer, OpenBridge Modeler, OpenBuildings, OpenRoads Designer, ProjectWise, ProjectWise 365, STAAD


Project screenshot of Silvertown Tunnel Project

Riverlinx CJV

Silvertown Tunnel Project

Location: London, United Kingdom
Image Credit: Riverlinx CJV


Software screenshot of Port of Melbourne


Port of Melbourne - Port Rail Transformation Project

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Image Credit: WSP

Rail and Transit

Winner and Finalists


Network Rail + Jacobs

Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU)

Location: Manchester/ Leeds/ York, United Kingdom
Image Credit: Network Rail + Jacobs

project screenshot of railroad route upgrade

Project Description

The Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) is a GBP multibillion railway enhancement program to double capacity, reduce carbon emissions, and cut journey times on commuter routes between Manchester, Leeds, and York. When completed, the 100-kilometer route upgrade will improve connectivity and provide economic benefits to the North of England. To bring together the large volume of data and disciplines involved, Network Rail tasked Jacobs with implementing a route-wide digital twin.

Realizing paper-based processes and Excel spreadsheets introduced unnecessary risk and inefficiency across the team, Jacobs used the Bentley iTwin platform with ProjectWise, ContextCapture, and other integrated applications. Using the digital twin meant over 1,300 staff could track, contribute, and analyze design data and asset information in real time. Improved access saved the team 20,000 hours in the first six months, worth an estimated GBP 1 million. Overall, the digital twin will save approximately GBP 15 million.

Project Playbook: ContextCapture, iTwin.js, iTwin Design Insights, iTwin Design Review, iTwin Design Validation, iTwin Platform, MicroStation, OpenBuildings Designer, OpenRail Designer, ProjectWise


digital rendering of cooling tower

PT. MRT Jakarta (Perseroda)

MRT Jakarta Phase II

Location: Jakarta , DKI Jakarta, Indonesia
Image Credit: PT MRT Jakarta (Perseroda)


digital rendering of railway bridge under construction

Western Program Alliance

Level Crossing Removal Project

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Image Credit: Western Program Alliance

Reality Modeling

Winner and Finalists



Diablo Dam Digital Twin Modeling

Location: Whatcom County, Washington, United States of America
Image Credit: HDR

Diablo Dam

Project Description

After the overtopping of the dam in Oroville, California, Seattle City Light initiated major safety reviews of its six dams, including Diablo Dam on the Skagit River. To improve survey safety and efficiency, as well as minimize risks inspecting the 160-foot-high dam amid a global pandemic, HDR’s team was asked to provide aerial drone services to supplement physical inspections. They wanted to use the captured data to create a digital twin model of the structure.

They selected ContextCapture and the Bentley iTwin platform to create a digital twin, accurate within two centimeters, from over 82 million survey points. The team could merge architecture, engineering, and construction data with artificial intelligence across the lifecycle of the structure, identifying current and future maintenance and repair needs to ensure safety. The digital twin provides a single reference point for the owner to understand the structure and reduces project costs, while increasing surveyor safety and facilitating decision-making.

Project Playbook: ContextCapture, ContextCapture Insights


Screenshot of Deep convolutional neural network

La Société Wallonne des Eaux

Deep Convolutional Neural Network on 3D Reality Mesh for Water Tank Crack Detection

Location: Juprelle, Liège, Belgium
Image Credit: La Société Wallonne des Eaux


project screenshot from Singapore Land Authority

Singapore Land Authority

Advancing Singapore National 3D Reality Mapping for Changing World

Location: Singapore
Image Credit: Singapore Land Authority

Road and Rail Asset Performance

Winner and Finalists


Collins Engineers, Inc.

Stone Arch Bridge Rehabilitation

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Image Credit: Collins Engineers, Inc.

digital rendering of stone arch bridge rehabilitation

Project Description

Collins Engineers was tasked with inspecting and designing the rehabilitation of the iconic Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis, ensuring that it remains a valuable asset. With its age and size, they faced challenges when developing repair plans that traditional data collection could not accommodate. They used reality modeling previously, but it lacked the quality required for inspecting and modeling complex structures. To collect sufficient data and accurately model the bridge, they needed an integrated survey, modeling, and inspection solution.

Collins Engineers selected ContextCapture to generate a high-fidelity 3D model from over 13,000 images, improving quantity and quality of data. Using iTwin applications facilitated real-time model access, saving 20% of field time. The solution is expected to save 10% to 15% in construction costs due to improved project and bid data. They will use digital twins throughout the bridge’s lifecycle for future planning and maintenance decisions.

Project Playbook: AssetWise Inspections, AssetWise Digital Twin Services, ContextCapture, ContextCapture Insights, iTwin Immersive Asset Service, MicroStation, ProjectWise



Province of Manitoba, Department of Infrastructure

MB MOOVES – Manitoba Infrastructure SUPERLOAD Upgrade

Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Image Credit: Province of Manitoba, Department of Infrastructure


Screenshot of Wisconsin DOT home page

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Oversize / Overweight Permitting System Improvement Project

Location: Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Image Credit: Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Roads and Highways

Winner and Finalists


PT. Hutama Karya (Persero)

Trans Sumatera Toll Road Project Section Serbelawan-Pematangsiantar

Location: Pematangsiantar, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia
Image Credit: PT. Hutama Karya (Persero)

aerial image of Trans Sumatera Toll Road

Project Description

PT. Hutama Karya is responsible for constructing the Trans Sumatera toll road, spanning 2,800 kilometers across Sumatra Island in Indonesia. The Serbelawan to Pematangsiantar section is a 28-kilometer expressway projected to shorten travel time by 50%. Located in a remote and dense forest, the project presented data acquisition challenges while working with numerous disciplines and software platforms. Having experience using various BIM platforms, they sought interoperable digital modeling technology to accommodate large files and improve project collaboration.

They selected ContextCapture to deliver an accurate reality mesh of the remote project area in 28 days, compared to the 120 days it would have taken using conventional survey methods. Using OpenRoads and OpenBridge streamlined data and workflows, shortening coordination and approval time by up to 34 days, while PLAXIS helped avoid potential critical failure due to soft soil conditions. Bentley’s integrated digital solution resolved compatibility issues and clashes, provided data continuity, and optimized collaboration to save USD 2.18 million.

Project Playbook: ContextCapture, MicroStation, OpenBridge Modeler, OpenRoads Designer, PLAXIS


digital rendering of Mumbai Vadodora Expressway

Larsen and Toubro - Transportation Infrastructure IC

Mumbai Vadodara Expressway - Package I

Location: Vadodara, Gujarat, India
Image Credit: Larsen And Toubro – Transportation Infrastructure IC


Digital rendering of Le Xi Expressway

Sichuan Highway Planning, Survey, Design and Research Institute Ltd., Sichuan Lexi Expressway Co., LTD.

Mega Project Le-Xi Expressway

Location: Leshan, Sichuan, China
Image Credit: Sichuan Highway Planning, Survey, Design and Research Institute Ltd., Sichuan Lexi Expressway Co., LTD.

Structural Engineering

Winner and Finalists


HDR and The PennFIRST Team

The Pavilion at Penn Medicine

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Image Credit: HDR and the PennFIRST team

The Pavilion at Penn Medical facility

Project Description

The Pavilion at Penn Medicine is a 16-story, state-of-the art hospital with a subterranean parking garage and a 1.25-million-square-foot high-rise building with four pedestrian sky bridges. HDR provided structural design services and faced engineering and coordination challenges when ensuring the structural integrity of the irregularly shaped building on a narrow, urban site. To design and analyze the complex steel and concrete connections and supports on a short timeline while accommodating a large project team, they needed integrated structural modeling software.

HDR selected RAM Structural System and RAM Elements to create an integrated project model to analyze and ensure load and geometry accuracy. This single-model approach optimized coordination, reduced errors, and minimized risks when designing a high-quality, economical structure while also saving time and money. Using Bentley’s applications, they completed the foundation and superstructure design in less than a year. The design is environmentally conscious and includes construction and operational plans that support the client’s commitment to sustainability.

Project Playbook: LARS, RAM Elements, RAM Structural System


Digital rendering of Rosewood Doha

Arab Engineering Bureau

Rosewood Doha

Location: Doha, Qatar
Image Credit: Arab Engineering Bureau


Train driving over railway bridge

Louis Berger SAS (A WSP Company)

Detailed Design of Bridges for BG Rail Link Between Rishikesh to Karnaprayag (Package -3)

Location: Between Rishikesh and Karnaprayag, Uttarakhand, India
Image Credit: Louis Berger SAS (A WSP Company)

Utilities and Communications

Winner and Finalists


PowerChina Hubei Electric Engineering Co., Ltd.

Suixian & Guangshui 80MWp Ground-Based Photovoltaic Power Project of Hubei Energy Group

Location: Guangshui, Hubei, China
Image Credit: PowerChina Hubei Electric Engineering Co., Ltd.

Suixian and Guangshui solar farm

Project Description

When PowerChina Hubei Electric Engineering was hired as the engineering, procurement, and construction contractor to deliver an 80-megawatt ground-based photovoltaic power station, they faced several challenges, including a short 10-month schedule with a requirement to realize lifecycle digital twin application. They originally used third-party design software but quickly realized that it was inefficient and that they needed integrated dynamic modeling technology.

PowerChina Hubei selected OpenBuildings Designer and OpenRoads for 3D modeling, as well as ProjectWise for collaborative design management. With Bentley, they developed photovoltaic design software for mountainous photovoltaic power projects. The solution optimized the design scheme, reducing land occupation and avoiding 40 potential rework scenarios to save more than CNY 800,000. Integrating SYNCHRO 4D accelerated construction by approximately 30 days. They used the Bentley iTwin platform to automatically generate digital twin models, avoiding approximately CNY 1 million in costs had the digital twins been developed at the operation stage.

Project Playbook: iTwin, iTwin.js, MicroStation, OpenUtilities Substation, OpenBuildings, OpenRoads Designer, SYNCHRO 4D


software screenshot of London power tunnel project

Mott MacDonald and National Grid

London Power Tunnels 2

Location: London, Greater London, United Kingdom
Image Credit: Mott MacDonald and National Grid


digital rendering of electric substation

PESTECH International Berhad

Digitization of Koh Kong 230/22kV Substation

Location: Koh Kong, Cambodia
Image Credit: PESTECH International Berhad

Utilities and Industrial Asset Performance

Winner and Finalist


Suncor Energy

Asset Data Lifecycle Program

Location: Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
Image Credit: Suncor Energy

Plant facility

Project Description

Suncor, a Canadian energy company, continually strives to improve energy efficiency and facility treatment processes to minimize environmental impact. Aligned with their mission, they saw an opportunity to improve asset information management at their largest and most complex facility. To improve data reliability and integrity, they sought to shift from a document-centric approach to an asset-centric program, requiring a cloud-based technology solution to achieve their goal.

They selected AssetWise ALIM as the basis for their Asset Data Lifecycle Program, streamlining asset information management capabilities and providing data that is simpler, more reliable, and more accessible. Working in a cloud-based environment, they are decommissioning their on-site IT infrastructure, reducing related support costs. The technology solution has the potential to save approximately CAD$ 12.4 million over a five-year period and the enhanced data will help improve asset performance.

Project Playbook: AssetWise, AssetWise ALIM, AssetWise Enterprise Interoperability, ProjectWise 365


Fertilizer manufacturing facility

Itafos Conda LLC

Asset Care to Support Long-term Sustainability of a Fertilizer Manufacturing Facility

Location: Soda Springs, Idaho, United States of America
Image Credit: Itafos Conda LLC

Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants

Winner and Finalists


L&T Construction

Khatan Group of Villages Water Supply Scheme (Surface Water Treatment), UP, India

Location: Khatan, Uttar Pradesh, India
Image Credit: L&T Construction

digital rendering of water treatment plant

Project Description

The government of Uttar Pradesh initiated a water supply project to provide safe drinking water to a rural population of over 14 million people across 388 villages. L&T Construction was retained to design and construct the 160 million liters per day water treatment plant, facing challenges designing and analyzing 200 different structures and over 3,500 kilometers of piping amid a strict six-month timeline. They realized that traditional applications were time consuming and error-prone, requiring an integrated digital modeling and analysis solution.

They selected Bentley applications for hydraulic modeling and structural analysis, automating design works for the pipeline network and retaining wall. They completed engineering of the entire project within six months, compared to eight using manual methods. They reduced resource hours for network analysis by 50% and the structural design of 121 overhead tanks by 45%. Working in a connected data environment streamlined and automated workflow processes to achieve a sustainable supply of high-quality water.

Project Playbook: OpenFlows HAMMER, OpenFlows WaterGEMS, PLAXIS, STAAD


Wayne Hill Water Resources Center Interiors

Jacobs Engineering

F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center Membrane Improvements

Location: Buford, Georgia, United States
Image Credit: Jacobs Engineering


Digital twin of structure

Brown and Caldwell

Implementing Digital Twins on a Fully Collaborative Project

Location: Brighton, Colorado, United States
Image Credit: Brown and Caldwell

Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Networks

Winner and Finalists


Companhia Águas de Joinville (CAJ)

Contingency Plan to Ensure Supply in the Event of Drought (Joinville-Santa Catarina)

Location: Joinville, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Image Credit: Companhia Águas de Joinville (CAJ)

Digital water network image

Project Description

The city of Joinville experienced their worst water crisis in 30 years. Responsible for supplying water and sanitation services to approximately 600,000 residents in the municipality, CAJ-Joinville Water Company initiated a project to develop a contingency plan to maintain water supply during worsening drought conditions. They evaluated three alternatives in the preliminary study. However, their initial solution yielded insufficient flow transfer, water shortages at the weakest points in the supply system, and a reduction in water transport efficiency. As a result, they needed to implement a more comprehensive study of the municipality’s entire network.

CAJ-Joinville Water Company used OpenFlows WaterGEMS to create a digital twin of the distribution system, modeling 285 kilometers of network. Using the hydraulic model to simulate a new contingency plan, they determined an optimal solution that guaranteed supply in the event of severe drought, while saving approximately BRL 4.5 million compared to their original proposal. The Bentley-based scenario improves flow efficiency, reduces pumping costs, and cuts energy consumption by 574 megawatts per year.

Project Playbook: OpenFlows WaterGEMS


Map of Leduki Group Village water supply

ATLC Infraconsultants Pvt. Ltd.

Leduki Group of Village Water Supply Scheme

Location: Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Image Credit: ATLC Infraconsultants Pvt. Ltd.


Screenshot of pump operations optimization from OpenFlows WaterGEMS

Maynilad Water Services Inc.

Pump Operation Optimization Through Hydraulic Modeling Using OpenFlows WaterGEMS

Location: Muntinlupa, Manila, Philippines
Image Credit: Maynilad Water Services Inc.

Congratulations to the Founders’ Honorees

These infrastructure leaders and projects have made advancements in going digital, ES(D)G, iTwin, and advancing the infrastructure profession.

Bentley invited students from around the world to submit their thoughts, ideas, and innovations that they see for the future infrastructure industry.

Congratulations to the Future Infrastructure Star Challenge winners!