Winner
PowerChina Huadong Engineering Corporation Limited – Jinsha River Longkaikou Hydropower Station Project – (Dali Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China)
East China Design & Research Institute designed and built the CNY 8.9 billion Longkaikou Hydropower Station on the Jinsha River. The 116-meter-high concrete gravity dam and five 360 megawatt Francis turbines generate electricity, but the station also provides structures for irrigation, water supply retention, and flood control. The Institute committed to a comprehensive 3D digital design process for this massive project. The Longkaikou Hydropower Plant was the first domestic hydropower project to use 3D digital design technology, which greatly affected the ROI. The team used AECOsim Building Designer to generate the 3D models of the dam foundation surface, resulting in a savings of CNY 194 million. MicroStation helped reduce collisions by 90 percent and decrease the number of design changes by 80 percent.

Finalist
Northwest Electric Power Design Institute Co., Ltd. of China Power Engineering Consulting Group - Fuping Thermal Power Plant Engineering of Shenhua Shendong Power
Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi province in central China, will require an additional 749 megawatts (MW) of electricity by 2017. Northwest Electric Power Design Institute is the engineering, procurement, and construction contractor for a CNY 2.6 billion thermal power plant in Fuping that will meet Xi’an’s growing needs and extend the area’s central heating coverage. The plant will provide power using two 350 MW supercritical air-cooled heat units. Engineering a plant capable of providing power to 540,000 people required high-precision 3D design applications. The company used Bentley Substation to design the electrical system, perform calculations, and model all equipment in 3D. The innovative use of Bentley applications reduced design modifications by 70 percent and decreased work hours by 30 percent.

Finalist
Black & Veatch - Sewaren 7 Combined Cycle Project
The Sewaren 7 power plant under construction in Woodbridge, New Jersey, will provide 540 megawatts of power to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland using a high-efficiency, H-class combustion turbine. Black & Veatch is designing and constructing the USD 600 million power plant for the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG). Black & Veatch integrated Bentley applications into the design processes for the Sewaren 7 project.

Using ProjectWise as the common data environment, the company employed multiple Bentley technologies, including OpenPlant Modeler, AECOsim Building Designer, and Bentley Cable and Raceway Manager for multi-discipline design and construction execution. Black & Veatch shared information among design teams using i-models, which improved multi-discipline collaboration. Bentley Navigator’s view and review capabilities provided self-service in the clash detection and model review processes by putting the software in every project professional’s hands.