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Marina Bay Sands and Arup win Bentley Systems’ 2010 Be Inspired Award

Singapore’s newest integrated resort, Marina Bay Sands, has won another international award for its innovation in structural engineering.

The USD5.7 billion Marina Bay Sands, conceived by Sheldon Adelson, chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp, and designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie, has recently emerged as the winner in the "Innovation in Structural Engineering" category of the recent Bentley Systems’ 2010 Be Inspired Awards.

The award recognizes projects that have demonstrated excellence in planning, modelling, analyzing, designing, or delivering structures. Selected from a pool of 20 other entries, Marina Bay Sands and its consulting engineer Arup stood out for their use of technical innovation.

The Be Inspired Awards program has recognized over 1,000 of the world’s most outstanding infrastructure projects since its 2004 inception. An independent panel of jurors, which included accomplished Bentley users and distinguished industry experts, selected the 19 winners from 320 nominations submitted by 249 organizations in 45 countries.

Arup has overcome a number of structural challenges in the project, which is characterised by three cascading hotel towers topped with a 1.2ha Sands SkyPark; two crystal pavilions and a lotus-inspired museum. The most challenging aspect of the project was the SkyPark cantilever, the longest of its kind in the world. Arup designed the structure to withstand strong winds and vibration caused by people movement; and to provide optimal comfort for guests.

Earlier this year, Marina Bay Sands – through Arup – also received two awards at the 2010 Singapore Structural Steel Society Steel Design Awards for its design of the project’s podium roof, canopy structures and Sands SkyPark.