BIM competition winners announced

June 3rd, 2018, Published in Articles: PositionIT

The BIM Institute has announced the winners of its two Living Spaces BIM Design Competitions 2018 at the African Construction Expo in May.

Both competitions explored the ability of building information modelling technology in designing healthier residential living spaces, and were aimed at individuals and medium-sized architect firms in South Africa. The competitions also set out to demonstrate the benefits of digital processes.

Janine Strachan, Vaughan Harris (BIM Institute) and Gerd Bolt.

Janine Strachan, Vaughan Harris (BIM Institute) and Gerd Bolt.

The first competition asked entrants to use Autodesk Revit to design from scratch a residence for a retired senior which encourages healthier living where energy efficiency strategies, safety and ease of movement are possible. The second competition challenged competitors using Graphisoft ArchiCAD with a restoration project to convert part of a home into a B&B facility.

Janine Strachan from DSA Architects won the healthier living spaces competitions, followed by Akesh Jugmohan (AJ Arch Design) in second place and Gordon Thekiso (Aurecon) in third place. Rupert Auerbach from Crafts of Architecture was the first prize winner in the renovation competition, with Gerd Bolt (Bolts Studio Architects) in second prize and James Page (James Page Architects) as the third prize winner.

Janine Strachan’s 3D model with related information.

Janine Strachan’s 3D model with related information.

First prize winners were awarded one-year software licences from the two respective BIM software vendors and a cash prize from insurance company King Price. Second place winners received a cash prize and a consumer-grade 3D scanner which attaches to an iPad.

Both competitions required entrants to render their designs, submit a 3D model with a fly-through video, and submit the project to a common data environment. The first competition also required entrants to make use of Revit Keynote ASAQS Elemental Classification.

Representatives from the BIM Academy, the Northumbria University (UK), Ryder and i2C judged the competition, scoring entrees on their application of BIM principles such as the inclusion of technical specifications, suppliers/manufactures info, URLs and the use of assembly codes and materials.

The winning models will be entered into the BIM Estimators Competition in August 2018, to be held in partnership with the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS). The estimators competition will demonstrate BIM benefits to estimators, including visualisation, faster takeoff, and collaboration.

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