Congratulations to the Winners of the 2017 Bentley Institute Student Design Competition!

From among hundreds of submissions, from students in countries all over the world, a panel of jurors selected the best in each category as the 2017 Winners of the Bentley Institute Student Design Competition.

Congratulations to all of our winning teams, for their outstanding and inspiring projects.

WINNER: Reality Modeling (General)


      Ting Li, Yuting Wang, Yuanpeng Liu, Falin Xiang

      Dalian Nationalities University, China

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 Explore the model live, in 3D!

This student team from Dalian Nationalities University (Dalian, Liaoning, China) used a UAV to take photos of the 69 meter-high Buddha, with four sides representing love, career, health, and wealth. It has three floors, and its hundreds of hands represent control of everything. With so much detail, it was challenging for the team to carefully capture the statue. They then used ContextCapture to automatically turn the images into a highly-detailed 3D reality model of the figure. The team selected the Buddha as their subject as a means of sharing, in 3D, a piece of China’s culture and spirit with people all over the world who may never see it in person.




WINNER: Structural Engineering (General)

      B+G+6 Building

      Zhang Wei, Zhou Mengting, Weng Kailiang, Huang Kailin

      Fuzhou University, China

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This student team from Fuzhou University (Fuzhou, Fujian, China) designed a commercial building using STAAD.Pro, AECOsim Building Designer, and MicroStation. They chose steel and concrete for their longevity and local availability. Their frame construction took into consideration the “strong column and weak beam principle,” so they used flat beams to enhance structural ductility and fit with the modern design. Their multiple statically indeterminate structure is designed to be capable of redistributing excess internal force. They analyzed the structure using STAAD.Pro, adding dead load, live load, seismic load, and various load combinations. Based upon the analysis and upon design codes for reinforced concrete, they then created reinforcing bars to satisfy requirements for 8.0 seismic resistance. Use and function of the building were also considered, with a large multi-story space in the front of the building for gatherings and shows, walkways spanning across upper floors for movement and a view down into the atrium, and parking on the basement level. LumenRT was used to visualize the results.



WINNER: Use of Reality Modeling for Infrastructure (Advanced)

     Rongli Square Construction Project in Jinan

     Xuecheng  Zhang, Zhuang Qin, Fuxing Liang, Jingli Shao

     Shandong Urban Construction Vocational College, China    

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Explore the 3D reality model!

This student team from Shandong Urban Construction Vocational College (Jinan, Shandong, China) used a UAV to capture video images of a construction site, and converted that footage into a 3D reality model of the area using ContextCapture. To make the reality model even more useful as a decision-support tool, they took measurements of two overhead high voltage cables in the working range of cranes—safely, from within the model. Those accurate measurements were then used by the students to design protective shields for the cables, using MicroStation CONNECT Edition and AECOsim Building Designer. Next the team created a models of the structure that will be built on the site, as well as models of three tower cranes, so they could simulate the working range of the cranes to determine the best installation position. Finally, using Bentley LumenRT, they created a visualization of the construction project, with the cranes and structure, adding a natural environment and a video so stakeholders can easily envision the results.