Norconsult nominated for international BIM award for the second year in a row

13.September 2017

Norconsult is one of eight finalists in the infrastructure category at the international AEC Excellence Awards, nominated for its use of gaming technology on the Ulriken project.

Norconsult uses gaming technology for railway signal inspection on the Ulriken project in Norway. (Illustration: Norconsult/ Baezeni)
Norconsult uses gaming technology for railway signal inspection on the Ulriken project in Norway. (Illustration: Norconsult/ Baezeni)

"The AEC Excellence Awards are extremely prestigious in our industry and competition is fierce to be nominated as one of the finalists. So we are very pleased to be nominated. It shows that our use of gaming technology in projects is ground-breaking," explained Thomas Angeltveit, BIM Coordinator at Norconsult.

Using gaming technology for railway signal inspections
Norconsult had complete responsibility for the detail and construction plan for a new tunnel between Arna and Fløen in Bergen. The new tunnel in combination with the existing tunnel will create a double-track railway on the approximately eight kilometre stretch. The breakthrough of the new tunnel took place on 29 August this year and it was the first rail tunnel in Norway excavated using a tunnel boring machine (TBM). The project also includes modernising Arna Station and upgrading the existing Ulriken tunnel. Norconsult is responsible for all professional disciplines working on the project in addition to the task of visualising the entire Arna–Bergen stretch in order to conduct signal inspections. This is where gaming technology has been used with great success.

"I would like to praise the project management team at Bane NOR. Their interest in technology gave us the opportunity to engage in technological innovation work on this project. It is precisely such initiatives that help the construction industry move forward," commented Angeltveit.

145 projects nominated
This is the second year in a row that a Norconsult project has been nominated for the AEC Excellence Awards. In 2016, Norconsult's Vamma 12 project was placed first in the "Energy and Natural Resources" category. In 2017, 145 projects from 32 different countries were nominated for these prestigious awards, in four different categories. The winner of each category will receive their award at Autodesk University, the world's largest BIM conference, to be held in Las Vegas this November. The conference is organised annually and gathers more than 10,000 participants from around the world.

You can read more about the different projects nominated for the 2017 awards here.