Sydney Convention Centre Design Contest, NSW, Australia Property, Architect

Sydney Convention Centre Design Competition NSW

New South Wales Building Development, Australia – design by BIM Academy

8 Nov 2013

Sydney Convention Centre Design Contest

Design: BIM Academy – Ryder Architecture; Colour UDL Landscape; Northumbria University; AECOM Australia

Location: central Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

BIM Academy team scoops international award in Sydney convention centre design competition

An international team led by BIM Academy, has won a virtual design competition for a new convention centre in Sydney, Australia, ‘Build Sydney Live’. BIM Academy is a collaboration between Northumbria University and Ryder Architecture established in 2011 as an international centre of excellence for Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Sydney Convention Centre Design Competition
image from Ryder Architecture

Building on its success in previous competitions, Build London Live and Build Qatar Live, BIM Academy brought together a strong team of building design professionals from various disciplines comprising of Ryder Architecture, Colour UDL Landscape and Northumbria University and AECOM from Australia who provided engineering, sustainability, visualisation and cost consultants. They were supported by cloud based BIM software providers Kykloud and dRofus based in Newcastle and Oslo.

The team were the overall winners of the 48 hour competition. Entrants were given just two days to respond to the design brief using state-of-the-art BIM and project technologies and submit their entries using a cloud-based collaboration portal provided by sponsors ASite. During previous competitions teams have been collocated but for Build Sydney Live, 63 BIM Academy team members contributed from offices in eight cities in three countries using the latest collaboration and communication technologies using follow the sun working.

The challenging competition brief called for a convention centre on the Darling Harbour site in Sydney. The submissions were judged on sustainability, design excellence, collaborative working and innovative combined use of Building Information Modelling technologies.

Team BIM Academy used 36 major design and analysis applications from 18 software vendors during the competition.

Mark Stodgell, BIM Academy’s technical director said “Many people assume that everyone working on a BIM project need to be using the same software platform but the last 48 hours have shown that with proper planning and communication, true interoperability, particularly using the IFC format is now a day to day reality. The boundaries of what was considered BIM (is 3d CAD) have now well and truly blurred into normal project working methods.”

BIM Academy’s managing director, Peter Barker said “Collaborating with our team of leading design, engineering and technology companies to produce such a comprehensive submission has been fantastic. Winning this competition cements our position as one of the world’s leading BIM research, education and consultancy organisations.”

Ryder Architecture are based in Newcastle, Glasgow, Liverpool & London.


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