Congratulations to the 2017 Aconex Connect Awards Winners!

2017-Aconex-Connect-AwardsAconex is privileged to work with some of the most innovative owners, developers, contractors and EPCs in the world.

We launched the Aconex Connect Awards program in 2016 to recognize these forward-looking organizations for their industry best practices and accomplishments.

The 2017 Aconex Connect Awards honor 30 customers worldwide for innovation in delivering significant construction and infrastructure projects efficiently and successfully. Customers were nominated for the Aconex Connect Awards in three categories: Hero Award, Project Award, and Enterprise Award.

Selected global honorees include: Balfour Beatty, China State Construction, John Holland, Louis Berger/Egis Rail JV, NGE, Parsons, Rio Tinto, Riyadh Metro, and VINCI Construction Grands Projets.

Listed below are examples of compelling results achieved by 2017 Aconex Connect Award winners worldwide:

  • 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 £1.3 million over 20 months by reducing errors and rework through document version control.
  • Burns & McDonnell reduced average response times by 64% – 80%, workflows from 14 days to 5 days, and mail, from 5 days to 1 day.
  • FourSQ increased efficiency by an estimated 25-30%, improved quality by 25-30%, and reduced tendering time by 50%.
  • Grocon / PCL Joint Venture saved approximately A$778,000 in time and labor and A$950,000 in reporting over 4.5 years.
  • Hacer Group reduced average turnaround times for RFIs by 55%, from 5-6 days to 2.5 days.
  • Hawkins reduced the annual cost of project reporting by an estimated NZ$2.2 million while increasing visibility of key performance indicators (KPIs), and expects to save an estimated NZ$250,000 in administrative costs on improved quality assurance inspections, leading to reductions in rework.
  • Louis Berger reduced document control staffing by 60%, freeing resources for higher value work.
  • Metro de Santiago reduced project implementation time by 91%, from 45 hours to four hours.
  • NGE expects to save up to €40,000 per day on late penalties through workflow management and up to €600,000 on document management across sites over five years.
  • Parsons saved approximately US$5.8 million on improved efficiency of document reviews and US$1.6 million over four years on the redeployment of document controllers. 
  • Rio Tinto saved an estimated US$3 million over four years by reducing overlap times for information transfer during employee rotations.

 “The winners of the Aconex Connect Awards have shown us the future of our industry,” said Paul Perrett, chief operating officer of Aconex. “These individuals and their companies have achieved outstanding results by digitizing their project data and processes in creative ways. This has enabled project teams to focus on what they do best – building quality assets on time and on budget under challenging circumstances.”

Selected 2017 Aconex Connect Award winners:



  • Burns & McDonnell – Hero Award to Patricia Sullivan for job site digitization vision and Allison Smith for enterprise-wide implementation; Enterprise Award for partnering for client success.
  • Metro de Santiago – Project Award accepted by Ricardo Villagrán for project start-up on the P63 rail line in Santiago, Chile.
  • Metrolinx – Hero Award to Uliana Meldal-Johnsen for process efficiency.
  • Parsons Corporation – Hero Awards to Hans Hoppe for risk mitigation and Yadira Merryman for driving adoption; Project Award for project performance on the Interstate 405 highway in Southern California.
  • Rio Tinto – Hero Award to Luis Hidalgo for information transfer and Project Award for project performance on the Holden Mine Remediation in the state of Washington.



  • FourSQ – Hero Award to Andrew Cory for quality.
  • Hacer Group – Hero Award to Ivan Marinovic for implementation of Aconex Field and BidContender.
  • Grocon / PCL Joint Venture – Project Award for compliance during the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) project in Melbourne.
  • Hawkins – Enterprise Award accepted by Craig Watkins for advanced analytics through application programming interfaces (APIs).
  • John Holland – Enterprise Award accepted by Tim Crisp for accelerated adoption and optimization.
  • Mirvac Constructions – Project Award accepted by Boris Djakovic for project lifecycle management on the EY Centre at 200 George Street in Sydney.





  • ADP Ingénierie – Hero Award to Marc Genteuil for standardization across projects.
  • Balfour Beatty – Hero Award to Andrew Richardson for implementation and Project Award for compliance accepted by Steve Wright on the Burbo Bank Extension Wind Farm in the Irish Sea.
  • NGE – Project Award accepted by Walter Guyonvarch for system configuration on a high-speed broadband network project in Alsace, France.
  • NODAL – Hero Award to Jacques Fabbi for driving system adoption.
  • VINCI Construction Grands Projets – Project Award accepted by 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 optimization.
  • BAM International – Enterprise Award accepted by Bindu Sunil for process standardization.
  • Louis Berger-Egis Rail Joint Venture – Hero Award to Mohammed Zahid Khan for process optimization and Project Award for project performance on the Doha Metro in Qatar.
  • Meraas – Enterprise Award accepted by Ahmed Al Jubouri for digital transformation and innovation.
  • Qatar Railways – Project Award accepted on behalf of Qatar Rail Company by Fahad Ahmed Al-Beshri and Abdurahim Palapparambil for program implementation on three Qatar Rail projects.
  • Riyadh Metro Transit ConsultantsParsons (project lead), Egis and Systra – Joint Venture) – Project Award accepted by Mohamed Anas for process management on the Riyadh Metro in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Aconex Connect awards recognize leadership and outstanding innovation in the industry. 2017 winners were announced through leading industry publications and news releases. We will host regional awards dinners for the winners in locations like San Francisco and Melbourne. Watch for application dates for the 2018 awards. For further information, email us at:

Janet Poses

Janet Poses

Sr. Manager Global Industry Solutions at Oracle's Aconex
Janet Poses is a Sr. Manager Global Industry Solutions at Oracle's Aconex, a leading collaborative construction and engineering management software.
Janet Poses