We have already announced the winners of the 2017 Bentley Institute Student Design Competition.

Now we also wish to recognize the projects selected by the judges to receive an Honorable Mention in each category.


HONORABLE MENTION: Reality Modeling (General)

   Hope Library

   Jinda Han, Mingzhao Chen, Yunfei Zhao

   Southwest Jiaotong University Hope College, China

This student team from Southwest Jiaotong University Hope College (China) used Bentley’s ContextCapture to create a 3D reality model of the library building on their campus, automatically, using simple photographs captured using a UAV. These civil engineering students brought the model of the library (and the immediate surrounding area, including the approach to the building) into MicroStation CONNECT Edition. They then used Bentley LumenRT to integrate digital nature into their reality model, further enlivening it with animation and high-impact visualization.


HONORABLE MENTION: Structural Engineering (General)

   Earthquake Resistant Aerodynamic Building

   Mayank Vikhona, Onkar Ashish

   Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India    

This student team from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (India) designed a commercial building using STAAD.Pro for structural engineering. Using the principles of green building, they aligned the building so that in summer the shear walls at either end block the sun, while winter sunlight can penetrate the building to add warmth and maximize daylight. Their structure employs lateral load resisting elements (shear walls as well as frames) in a dual system. The alignment of the shear walls ensures equal stiffness in both directions, so that during an earthquake the response does not vary in any direction. Shear cores enclose the lifts for the building, adding additional lateral load resistance. Aerodynamics were also considered in the design, to account for wind force. Finally, a central opening (from roof to ground floor) emits light, provides an additional emergency exit, and provides the option of an indoor garden.



HONORABLE MENTION: Use of Reality Modeling for Infrastructure (Advanced)

   Earthquake Reconnaissance

   Benjamin Barrett, Jenny Blonquist, Kevin Liang, Brigette Ostrem

   Brigham Young University, United States    

This team of Geotechnical and Civil Engineering students from Brigham Young University (Utah, United States) used a drone to capture video footage of Pescara del Tronto (a village in Central Italy) after a magnitude 6 earthquake in 2016. They then converted that footage into a 3D reality model of the area, using ContextCapture, to analyze the damage. When another earthquake of similar magnitude hit the area 2 months later, they again used UAV footage and ContextCapture to create a highly detailed reality model to compare with the earlier one. The team stresses the many benefits of UAVs for reconnaissance and research: drones can go places that are usually inaccessible or dangerous, and capture conditions before cleanup efforts and demolition remove evidence that is valuable for seismic, geotechnical, and structural engineering experts. The resulting 3D reality model, created using ContextCapture, provides highly accurate details that can use spatial referencing to measure cracks, volume of boulders and debris, and reference GPS locations.

The team notes “We and other researchers are using these models to learn from the earthquake events, including through geotechnical and structural analyses. Bentley's web-ready models have allowed this valuable earthquake reconnaissance data to be easily accessible online by our collaborators and interested members of the general public.”


Explore their 3D ContextCapture model here!