The Nemetschek Group and The B1M announced the winner of this year's Construction Story of the Year award (c) Nemetschek Group

The Nemetschek Group, one of the leading software providers for the AEC/O (architecture, engineering, construction, operation) and media & entertainment industries and xc, the largest video channel for construction, announced the winner of this year’s Construction Story of the Year award: The International Experimental Thermonuclear Reactor (ITER).

The team behind the large construction project received the prestigious award during a live ceremony yesterday evening at the Nemetschek Group’s headquarters in Munich. The expert judging panel was particularly impressed by the extraordinary levels of collaboration between the construction team and the scheme’s propensity to inspire future generations of engineers.

“ITER is a remarkable project that impressively demonstrates what the construction industry is able to achieve. The team has come together collaborating across international borders working on a massive project scale inspiring this and future generations of engineers and all roles contributing to our built world. The project team has proven that working together knows no bounds – regardless of segment, trade or project size, amazing goals can be realized“, says Don Jacob, VP Technology and Innovation, Build & Construct Division at the Nemetschek Group.

The ITER project aims to enable scientists to generate clean and renewable energy from nuclear fusion. To build the project, construction professionals from around the globe are overcoming huge language and cultural barriers by using collaborative forms of contract to bridge divides and employing digital tools to communicate, manage and coordinate project data. More than ten million components are being designed, coordinated, and produced across several different continents before being shipped to France and transported to the ITER site on a specially built road network. Nearly 2,000 workers are engaged on the construction site.

On the shortlist for the Construction Story of the Year were also two other construction projects, firstly the work of the University of Manchester’s Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC), which had started to deploy graphene enhanced concrete on live construction projects, and secondly a low-cost eco-housing concept in Melbourne, Australia, developed by Austin Maynard Architects.

“All submitted projects are impressive and show that collaboration, communication, and cooperation are the key drivers to a more efficient and sustainable construction industry. I am sure that these examples will inspire other stakeholders in our industry to actively shape the built world”, says Yves Padrines, CEO of the Nemetschek Group.

The Construction Story of the Year 2022 program aims to highlight the world’s most impressive and inspiring construction stories. It was looking for amazing projects, ideas or initiatives that show the best of the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry over the past twelve months. The goal of the annual award is to showcase the story that highlights the innovation of the construction industry and can serve as lighthouse project for its digital transformation. The program was conducted by The B1M in partnership with the Nemetschek Group.