The structural engineering finalists have been announced in the 2013 Be Inspired Awards competition, the annual contest run by software solutions provider Bentley Systems.

The awards honour the work of firms in improving and maintaining the world’s infrastructure. Six independent panels of jurors selected the 65 finalists from nominations submitted by organizations in 43 countries.

There were three finalists in the Innovation in Structural Engineering category.

The first finalist is a submission by L&T Construction, which has designed a 1.2 billion rupee customer care centre for Tata Consultancy Services in India. The 4,000 square metre building is 10.4 metres high not including the distinctive steel butterfly roof.

The structure above the terrace was fabricated using structural steel tubes with an architectural envelope on top and exposed steel at the bottom. The firm’s design team rapidly produced variations of the building, studied member forces, member stress, reactions, and deflections, and analysed load combinations for the member design to optimize the structural model and ultimately save significant building time and projected construction costs.

Bhau Institute of Innovation Entrepreneurship and Leadership

Bhau Institute of Innovation Entrepreneurship and Leadership

The Bhau Institute of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership on the campus of the College of Engineering in Pune, Maharashtra, India, was meanwhile designed to nurture innovation, encourage entrepreneurship, and develop leadership. For this 60 million rupee project, Shibanee and Kamal Architects created an unconventional design that visually melds with the institute’s status as a protected heritage structure.

Because of the building’s circular shape surrounding an existing tamarind tree, the challenge for the engineers was to design and analyse the structure for expected loads and combinations while still satisfying safety and serviceability standards. The final solution achieved this while also providing major cost benefits.

The final project is also located in India. Taikisha Engineering India is an Indo-Japanese engineering company that manufactures and exports automobile paint shops, automotive painting plants, automated spray system electro deposition systems, relay panels, power control centres and diesel generator synchronization panels. For this 15 billion rupee project, the firm provided a turnkey system for an automobile manufacturer.

Takisha Engineering India

Takisha Engineering India

Designing in a 3D environment for the first time, Taikisha Engineering India optimised design data, reduced man hours by 50 per cent and saved over 5.6 million rupees in material costs. By eliminating duplication of work and automating processes, the firm completed the construction of the project in just two months instead of the usual six months; a massive time savings that dramatically improved the profit margin.

The winners of the Be Inspired Awards will be announced at The Year in Infrastructure 2013 Conference in London at the end of the month. This global gathering will explore the intersection of  engineering, technology and business drivers and examine how they are shaping the future of infrastructure delivery and investment returns.