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Winners of CIOB innovation awards unveiled

13 February 2017

The CIOB has announced the winners of its 2016 International Innovation & Research Awards.

The awards recognise the best innovators and researchers in the built environment that are making a significant contribution to both industry practice and the academic knowledge base through their work. The awards look to raise performance levels, encourage best practice and improve the quality of the built environment.

This year, the competition received more than 160 entries from 18 different countries. Six Premier Award winners were selected to recognise outstanding achievement in their field – with cash prizes of up to £2,000 available.   

An open source BIM platform was among one of the ideas to be selected for the Premier Award. The innovation, developed by Dr Jozef Dobos and Tim Scully at 3D Repo, gives project teams the opportunity to share, envisage and understand their collective data sets, leading to better informed and faster, easier decision making throughout the development and delivery of  construction projects.

Joining the open source BIM platform as a Premier Award winner is an innovation strategy developed by Fulton Hogan in New Zealand to help increase performance, provide benefit for customers and, in one brilliant example, improve road safety through the development of “cats eyes” which illuminate when roads are frozen.

Submissions in the research categories covered a broad spectrum of ideas ranging from an exploration of the performance of origami floor joists, to the use of lime in an external render.

Announcing the results, the judging panel said: “The entries to the CIOB I&R Awards continue to impress and surpass expectations. It’s immensely encouraging to see both a high volume and quality of applications across each category.

“Each of the finalists was able to demonstrate clearly to the panel the value of their research or innovation to professional practice. We extend our congratulations to all those recognised by the awards – on what is a truly fantastic achievement.”

Innovation Achiever’s Award

Premier Award (£2000, trophy and certificate)

Highly Commended Award (£500, trophy and certificate)

Merit Award (trophy and certificate)

Digital Innovation Award

Premier Award (£2000, trophy and certificate)

Highly Commended Award (£500, trophy and certificate)

Merit Award (trophy and certificate)

Innovation in Education & Training Award

Premier Award (£2000, trophy and certificate)

Highly Commended Award (£500, trophy and certificate)

Research Paper Award

Premier Award (£2000, trophy and certificate)

Highly Commended Award (£500, trophy and certificate)

Merit Award (trophy and certificate)

Undergraduate Dissertation Award

Premier Award (£1000, trophy and certificate)

Highly Commended Award (£500, trophy and certificate)

Merit Award (trophy and certificate)

Masters Dissertation Award

Premier Award (£1000, trophy and certificate)

Highly Commended Award (£500, trophy and certificate)

Merit Award (trophy and certificate)

Entries for the International Innovation and Research Awards 2017 will be open in June. 

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