Tauranga roading project among international awards finalists


The annual Bentley Systems Going Digital Awards honors the extraordinary work of software users advancing infrastructure design, construction, and operations

Eleven independent jury panels selected 36 finalists from over 300 nominations submitted by more than 180 organizations from 47 countries encompassing 12 categories.

Among the three finalists in the Roads & Highways category is Waka Kotahi’s Takitimu North Link project, which is being constructed in two stages. Upon completion, it will offer more varied public transport and improved safety in the Western Bay of Plenty, supporting economic development and population growth.

Stage one is a 6.8-kilometer expressway, including 10 bridges and a separated pedestrian path, being built by a Fulton Hogan/HEB Joint Venture, in a challenging natural environment constrained by existing infrastructure and residents.

Beca is the lead design consultant and wanted to implement an integrated, model-based digital approach to address the site complexities and coordinate the large, multidiscipline project team.

Leveraging open modeling applications, Beca established a connected data environment and digital twin that will simplify construction in the constrained location.

Through collaborative digital modeling and 3D visualization, they reduced modeling time by 15% and improved design efficiencies by 20%, while achieving higher-quality deliverables compared to previous design methods.

The digital twin enables data integration for construction activities and future management and maintenance of roadway operations.

Winners of the Going Digital Awards will be announced on November 15.


Update November 27: Waka Kotahi’s Takitimu North Link project has since been announced the winner of the Roads & Highways category.