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BIM and Digital Twin Digest for October 6, 2022

Name Change for UK BIM Alliance,Tekla Global BIM Awards 2022 Winners Announced,Memory of Geoff Zeiss Lives on in Urban Infrastructure Mapping Fund, Carleton FutureFunder,Call for PhD or MASc Candidates in Civil Engineering for Digital Twin Opportunity

New name and logo for UK BIM Alliance

Name Change for UK BIM Alliance

UK BIM Alliance has evolved.

The volunteer-led, not-for-profit, independent organization that promotes BIM (Building Information Modeling) in the UK (United Kingdom), is changing its name to “nima.”

The new name is the Greek word for “thread.”  It was chosen to give an identity to the organization, and to create a sense of purpose and set of behaviors that align with the future of digital thinking in the UK. 

UK BIM Alliance had been thinking about changing things for awhile, as the discussion of digital thinking isn’t just about BIM anymore, but also about building management. The name, nima, reflects the growth in the industry and in the organization, as well as the international perspective. 

With the new name, comes a new logo, a finishing touch on the rebranding experience.


photo from tekla.com

Tekla Global BIM Awards 2022 Winners Announced

On October 4, 2022, in Sunnyvale, California, Trimble announced the 2022 winners of Tekla Global Building Information Modeling (BIM) Awards.

This is a worldwide biennial competition for construction projects that use Tekla solutions. There are eight categories and a criteria that includes: Use of BIM, Collaboration, Innovative use of Tekla Solutions, Constructibility, Environmental benefits, and Cool factor. 

The overall winner, and Best BIM Project, was awarded to T2 Alliance and their Helsinki Airport expansion project.

List of Winners:

Commercial: Arup and King’s Cross R8, United Kingdom

Public: T2 Alliance (went on to be overall winner) Helsinki Airport, Finland

Industrial: CNIM and Pierrefonds Waste Management Plant, France

Infrastructure: TSC Innovation, INCOT, Aceros Arequipa and Ovalo Monitor Bridge, Peru

Sports & Recreation: SRV Rakennus, Ramboll Finland and ARCO and Tampere Deck and Arena, Finland

Small: Taziker Industrial and The Big One, Season 2, United Kingdom

Student: 6 students from the IUT du Limousin Civil Engineering Department and Corrèze Bridge, France

API Developer: ScaffPlan and ScaffPlan, Australia 

Special Recognition: ACCIONA Engineering, Ramboll, ACCIONA Construction, COWI, Statens Vegvesen, Nye Veier and E6 Ranheim-Værnes, Norway  

Public vote winner: PT. PP (Persero) Tbk and Pidekso Dam, Indonesia

For more information on the winners and their projects, visit the link below.


Urban Infrastructure Mapping Fund, Carleton FutureFunder

Memory of Geoff Zeiss Lives on in Urban Infrastructure Mapping Fund, Carleton FutureFunder

Geoff Zeiss will continue to help the future generations through the Geoff Zeiss Urban Infrastructure Mapping Fund .

The fund is intended for researching innovative ways to develop effective sustainable urban infrastructure. The aim is to research utility mapping, digital twins, and modifying data workflows in infrastructure management and global construction, opening the way to potential new technologies and methods.

Carleton University houses the fund with its Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. Depending on the amount raised, funds will be used for scholarships, post-doctoral fellowships, and long-term options among many others.

Zeiss’ 30-year career was devoted to the geospatial industry, and focused on the utility and construction sectors. He was responsible for the implementation of many records management software and locator-aware designs. Zeiss created the blog,  Between the Poles, addressing infrastructure issues and updates. 

Zeiss passed away on September 14, 2022.


York University

Call for PhD or MASc Candidates in Civil Engineering for Digital Twin Opportunity

Applications are being sought for one graduate researcher position in Civil Engineering. 

Candidates will assist with developing and investigating the “effectiveness of digital twin prototypes for application in infrastructure resilience monitoring,” at the Department of Civil Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University, Toronto, Canada. The start date is estimated to be January/May, 2023. The Deadline for applications is October. 20, 2022.

MASc candidates require an undergraduate (Bachelor) degree in Civil/Structural Engineering or a related engineering discipline by the project start date. PhD candidates need both an undergraduate (Bachelor) degree and a Master’s degree in Civil/Structural Engineering or a related engineering discipline.  A publication record is needed for applicants to the PhD program. 

Candidates will have passion and a broad knowledge for Building Information Modeling (BIM), machine learning, 3D Geospatial technologies (3D GIS), and infrastructure sensing. Those with experience in research output (publications) or experimental work, numerical simulation and BIM are desirable. Excellent communication and writing skills are also required.

Candidates who meet the requirements will be considered for PhD program entry. 

For more information and application instructions, please see link below.


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