Sydney's North West Metro Project with BIM wins global ENR award
The project design for eight new stations submitted by the company included: three subway stations, three new suburban stations and two new elevated stations. In addition, it was in charge of the installations related to the maintenance of the train parking lots, new tracks, air power systems and civil works and parking lots.
SMEC's Director of Strategy and New Business, Neil Evans, stated in 2015 "SMEC was already on the road to BIM. We see BIM helping us streamline our workflows and improve efficiency. The North West Rail Link project inspired us to accelerate the pace of our BIM adoption and is proving to be an invaluable asset to the project". He added, "Moving from manual drawing to 2D design tools was a big step, and moving from 2D to BIM is just as important. People sometimes equate BIM with 3D visualization, and it's more than that. It generates a body of knowledge in BIM that can be used from conception to dismantling. As the building changes, intelligence is added within the model. There is an opportunity to add quality and save time and money at every stage.
The award studies and recognizes the challenges, risks and rewards of design and construction around the world and crowns those teams that produce projects that reflect those efforts. Mott MacDonald's General Manager for Australia expressed his appreciation: "We are incredibly proud to have received this global honor. Sydney Metro Northwest truly demonstrates what can be achieved when we connect our thinking between global expertise and local knowledge.