At the International Summit held in Beijing on October 2019 the bold statement from Richard Petrie (chief executive buildingSMART International) was:

The world needs open standards

During the summit there was the International Award Ceremony.

The award program considered 5 categories

  • Design
  • Construction
  • Operations & Maintenance
  • Professional Research
  • Student Research

The jury panel appreciated the quality of the different projects and selected 3 finalist for each category. During the Award Ceremony were proclaimed the following winners:


DBM Vircon (formerly PDC Engineering)
Project Name: Queen’s Wharf Brisbane
Objectives: This $3.6 Billion dollar apartment project aimed to bring together many different organizations and files into a unified methodology with openBIM at the core. An integrated model was developed to ensure all phases of the project could be managed against the requirements set by the owner.


ICOS Group, BYLOR Group and EDVANCE Group
Project Name: Hinkley Point C EPR
Objectives: This very large project used IFC as fully integrated contractual deliverables with BIM at the core of collaboration. This method enabled improved workflows across different groups and organizations and ensured digital continuity throughout the project. As a result, automatic checking of concrete and rebar significantly improved productivity and reduced errors on site.

Operations and Maintenance

Copenhagen Airport
Project Name: Automated Quality Control
Objectives: Copenhagen Airport mandated the use of IFC and BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) to ensure they could detect issues early and have complete control of their data and processes. By transforming their demands into rules, the Airport was able to save 4x the investment committed. Their open source approach meant they could invite contributing partners into the process at a later point providing a more integrated method of working.

Professional Research

ACCA Software
Project Name: Structural E-Permit
Objectives: This openBIM driven project used a variety of standards from buildingSMART to rearrange and align data for structural designs from the national E-permit service in Italy. This research project took a variety of case studies and developed open working solutions from data that had been made more accessible. The teams cited the flexibility and openness of IFC and other standards as the driving factor behind this project.

Student Research

The Technical University of Munich
Project Name: Multi-LOD Requirements Manager
Objectives: This student research project looked at the early benefits of BIM for managing different Levels of Detail (LOD), design collaboration, energy analysis and other use cases. This project in particular looked at the Multi-LOD requirements and meta-models to ensure data could be mapped against the data in IFC.

buildingSMART International Awards 2019