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EMEA winners of 2017 Aconex Connect Awards revealed

Find out which nominees from the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region scooped prizes at the 2017 Aconex Connect Awards

The following article contains details winners from the 2017 Aconex Connect Awards.
The following article contains details winners from the 2017 Aconex Connect Awards.

The winners of the 2017 Aconex Connect Awards have been announced.

Now in their second year, the 2017 Aconex Connect Awards honoured a total of 30 customers worldwide for innovation in delivering significant construction and infrastructure projects efficiently and economically.

Commenting on the accolades, Paul Perrett, chief operating officer of Aconex, said: “The winners of the Aconex Connect Awards have shown us the future of our industry.

“These individuals and their companies have achieved outstanding results by digitising their prject data and processes in creative ways. This has enabled them to focus on what they do best – building quality assets on time and on budget under challenging circumstances.”

The 2017 Aconex Connect Awards were designed to recognise industry practices across vertical sectors throughout the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region.

The following article contains details of some of the event’s most high-profile winners…


The following list contains examples of compelling metrics achieved by some of the winners of the 2017 Aconex Connect Awards…

  • BAM International reduced RFI cycles by 50%, and accelerated approval of both multidimensional models and shop drawings through continuous updates using Aconex Connected BIM
  • Balfour Beatty saved approximately $1.7m (GBP1.3m) over 20 months by reducing errors and rework through document version control
  • Burns & McDonnel reduced average response times for workflow requests by 64%, from 14 days to five days; and for mail by 80%, from five days to one day
  • FourSQ increased efficiency by an estimated 25% to 30%, improved quality by 25% to 30%, and reduced tendering time by 50%

  • Grocon / PCL Joint Venture saved approximately $618,000 (AUD778,000) in time and labour, and $755,000 (AUD950,000) in reporting over four and a half years
  • Hacer Group reduced average turnaround times for RFIs by 55%, from five to six days, to two and a half days
  • Hawkins reduced the annual cost of project reporting by an estimated $1.6m (NZD2.2m) while increasing visibility of key performance indicators (KPIs), and expects to save an estimated $181,000 (NZD250,000) in administrative costs on improved quality assurance inspections, leading to reductions in rework
  • Metro de Santiago reduced project implementation time by 91%, from 45 hours to four hours
  • NGE expects to save $47,700 (EUR40,000) per day on late penalties through workflow management, and up to $716,000 (EUR600,000) on document management across sites over five years
  • Parsons saved approximately $5.8m on improved efficiency of document reviews, and $1.6m over four years on the redevelopment of document controllers
  • Rio Tinto saved an estimated $3m over four years by reducing overlap times for information transfer during employee rotations


Aconex customers were nominated for the Aconex Connect Awards in three categories:

  1. Hero Award – managing change in projects to minimise risk and save costs
  2. Project Award – collaborating effectively across project teams for successful delivery
  3. Enterprise Award – standardising best project practices across enterprise portfolios

Here are some of EMEA winners of the 2017 Aconex Connect Awards:

UK and Europe

  • ADP Ingénierie – Hero Award to Marc Genteuil for standardisation across projects
  • Balfour Beatty – Hero Award to Andrew Richardson for implementation, and Project Award for compliance to Steve Wright on the Burbo Bank Extension Wind Farm in the Irish Sea
  • NGE – Project Award to Walter Guyonvarch for system configuration on a high-speed broadband network project in Alsace, France
  • NODAL – Hero Award to Jacqus Fabbi for driving system adoption
  • VINCI Construction Grands Projets – Project Award to Laura Asis, Anthony Chappet, and Oleg Sorin for cross-continental BIM collaboration on the National Research Oncology Center (NROC) in Kazakhstan

Middle East

  • ALEC – Enterprise Award for digital process optimisation
  • BAM International – Enterprise Award to Bindu Sunil for process standardisation
  • Meraas – Enterprise Award to Ahmed Al Jubouri for digital transformation and innovation
  • Riyadh Metro Transit Consultants – Project Award to Mohamed Anas for process management on the Riyadh Metro in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

For full details of the 2017 Aconex Connect Awards’ winners, visit www.aconex.com/projects.

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