ÅF’s Marcus Helmbäck receives international innovation award
Together with ÅF colleagues as well as Skanska and Sweco, Marcus Helmbäck, BIM Strategist within BIM Solutions at ÅF, has won first prize in the ‘Building Design, Large Projects’ category at the AEC Excellence Awards 2019. The prize is awarded for the BIM work in the project planning of research facility European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund, in the south of Sweden.
How does it feel to have won such a significant award?
It feels great! This project was realised through cooperation between several parties, including Skanska, Sweco and ESS, and I am humble and aware that my contribution is one of many. I have worked with a great number of excellent colleagues in this project, and it is through all of our contributions that we have won this award. It is excellent to see the project receive the attention it deserves!
How long have you worked on the ESS?
I entered the project in January 2015, so almost five years. Our part in the project – BIM coordination and information management in the design phase – is coming to an end, which is a bit melancholic, as it’s been a very interesting project. I have gained many new friendships and a lot of knowledge which I will carry with me.
What has been the best part?
The complexity – I have got to meet so many knowledgeable people, within many different areas, including the world of researchers and other businesses. The project is distinguished by the significant part that cooperation has played in it. Our use of innovative technology such as VR and visualisation to streamline and develop the project has also been a great driving force.
ESS is one of the largest research and technical infrastructure projects being built today. It is a cross-disciplinary research facility based on the world’s strongest neutron source, with state-of-the-art neutron instruments, laboratories and software development centres. The project is a pan-European collaboration with 13 European countries as members, and is expected to draw between two to three thousand researchers annually to the facility in Lund, in the south of Sweden. The ESS is currently under construction and is expected to be up and running in 2023. About eight people have contributed from BIM Solutions at ÅF through the years, including BIM Coordinator Arvid Gudmundsson, who has contributed with visualisations for the competition entry.
About the competition
The competition AEC Excellence Awards celebrates and highlights innovative projects within AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) around the world. It is organised and hosted by Autodesk. This year, the competition received 230 entries from 40 different countries. The awards ceremony will take place in Las Vegas on 19 November.
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