TNO wins Special Distinction 2018 buildingSMART Award

05 Nov 2018

Judges hand-pick TNO’s INTERLINK project to win the Special Distinction 2018 buildingSMART Award for its innovative approach of linking BIM to other standards.

More information can be found at the buildingSMART International Awards 2018 website

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TNO, as coordinator of the INTERLINK consortium, has been granted the Special Distinction 2018 buildingSMART Special Award for its application of BIM in a major international road asset management. TNO, as coordinator of the European INTERLINK consortium was selected to win the award for its digital ways of working as part of a two-year research project for the Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR).

The project, which started in September 2016, was conceived to explore how open information management and the application of open BIM-standards could benefit the delivery and operation of road infrastructure projects across Europe by using a European Road Object Type Library (OTL). The aim is to enable the National Roads Authorities to digitally share data based on multiple national and international standards to improve their operations Europe-wide.
TNO is engaging with the National Roads Authorities of the 26 European members of CEDR via a series of roadshows, as well as industry representatives including contractors, academics, consultants and software developers, to share the results of the project.

Project coordinator Bart Luiten said: “We’re thrilled to have been selected to win this prestigious award. This has been a significant development for our industry and it’s highly rewarding to have our work celebrated in this way.
“Our objective was to deliver an innovative approach in interoperability by linking existing open standards with the use of Linked Data and Semantic Web, which we successfully tested. Our next step will be to demonstrate this CEDR-INTERLINK approach to the European National Roads Authorities, and then begin to introduce our approach in national digitalisation initiatives. We will also target international standardisation initiatives, such as building Smart, to follow our approach.”

INTERLINK comprises a research institute (TNO from the Netherlands), engineering and asset management consultants (Royal HaskoningDHV from the Netherlands and ROD from Ireland), ICT consultants and software companies (AEC3 from Germany, Trimble Solutions Sandvika from Norway, interactive instruments from Germany, and Semmtech from the Netherlands), and a national BIM implementation body (planen-bauen 4.0 from Germany).
buildingSMART describes itself as a worldwide authority, driving transformation in construction through the creation of open, international BIM-standards.

The buildingSMART award organisers reported a record-breaking number of submissions for the 2018 awards. Winners were announced at the International Standards Summit in Tokyo on Tuesday 16 October.


Dr. ir. Bart Luiten

  • Digital twin
  • BIM
  • GIS
  • semantic web
  • linked open data

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