Sweco wins two prizes at Belgian Construction Awards


Sweco wins two prizes at Belgian Construction Awards

6 May 2021
Sweco has won its nominations at the Belgian Construction Awards. With the bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the Leopold III-laan, we won the 1st place in the BIM Award Infrastructure and with the extension of the lifting beam furnace for ArcelorMittal Ghent, we won the 3rd prize in the BIM Award in the category Industrial, Tertiary & Residential Project.

This unique achievement was made possible thanks to the support of our clients De Werkvennootschap and ArcelorMittal Ghent and our respective partners: TM MoVeR0 (Arcadis, Stibbe, Deloitte, Mint, CLUSTER, ZJA, Frank Van Hulle) and steel manufacturer AMC. Congratulations to all our customers, colleagues and partners involved!

Sweco is strongly committed to innovative BIM technologies as they intensify the dialogue and the exchange of knowledge between all parties. Moreover, it is the tool of choice for the underlying processes and presents the building data in a good, visual format. By streamlining these matters, the entire chain works more efficiently, more sustainably and with lower cost of failure.

The Belgian Construction Awards were held on 6 May 2021 by the trade magazines Bouwkroniek & La Chronique and the EPB platform. During the online ceremony, the individuals and organisations that play an innovative and leading role in the construction industry were given recognition.

1st laureate: bicycle and pedestrian bridge (A201K) Leopold III-laan

This important bicycle and pedestrian bridge will connect the Harenweg in Zaventem and Sint-Stevens-Woluwestraat in Machelen. Eliminating the barrier that is Leopold III-laan will help to create one of the missing links on the FR0 bicycle highway.

It will also connect to the planned F201 bicycle highway, which is the short distance bicycle highway that will connect the airport (Brussels Airport) with the centre of Brussels. The F201 bicycle highway will run parallel to Leopold III-laan. This bicycle and pedestrian bridge is therefore an important link in the bicycle network in and around Brussels. This will have a positive effect on the liveability, traffic safety, the quality of the environment and mobility.

This engineering structure (architecture by ZJA) will be the longest steel bicycle bridge in Belgium: 510 metres. Sweco used generative design to deal efficiently with this scale during the design and modelling. We used the smart BIM tool Dynamo to generate the geometry of the pillars and the bridge deck, based on predefined rules. The location with numerous utility lines prompted the creation of a BIM model of the subsurface. This allowed us to adapt the bridge design to the underground condition and thereby cover construction risks.

Besides using BIM, we also provided an integration with GIS (ArcGIS Online) in this project. This is due to the large scale, and with a view to assessing the spatial impact and integration within the other sub-projects for the redevelopment of the Brussels Ring (R0). It was the first project for De Werkvennootschap in which the contractor was explicitly required to use the model for the 'BIM application - 4D phasing' during execution.

Visualisation & architecture: © ZJA


3rd laureate: expansion of the ArcelorMittal Ghent lifting beam furnace

In addition to the expansion of a lifting beam furnace in the hot mill at ArcelorMittal Ghent, this project also comprises the new pipework and the new steel structure to support and maintain the pipework. Sweco succeeded in designing a steel structure for the pipework - which was ready to be installed - within a short period of time. The complex production unit also had to remain in operation throughout the project.

Sweco has met this challenge through the maximum use of BIM. No plan was exchanged on paper or by pdf. The entire project relied on the digital exchange of BIM models (both analytical and geometrical). This innovative workflow, aimed at the shortest possible turnaround time for the entire project, was made possible by ArcelorMittal Ghent's open vision.

The current situation was built up from existing 3D models of the building, as well as the existing equipment. This was further complemented by the new equipment models. On-site measurements were also carried out and ArcelorMittal Ghent's engineering department kept the coordination model up to date. A 3D model was also built for the new pipework, after which the new steel structure was modelled.

This project approach resulted in a time saving of 30 to 40% and an elimination of the cost of failure during execution. Sustainability gains were also significant:

  • on the one hand, the new furnace's significantly reduced CO2 emissions (due to lower energy consumption, and due to the combustion of low-energy gas instead of gas that had to be enriched in the past)
  • on the other hand, the consumption of paper has been reduced to zero.

Website: https://belgianconstructionawards.be/awards/