The Oasys Project of the Year competition has yet again proved to be a fantastic success with many brilliant projects being entered showcasing how Oasys software is being used on many varying projects across the world. Participants were able to enter into six different categories overall with individual awards for academics and commercial projects. Many of the entries will soon be made available online for your perusal, watch this space!

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Category Winners

The winners of the six categories have been announced, congratulations to all winners:

Structural AcademicAcademic Structural Project

Arjan Deetman and Thijs de Goede

Project: Covering Courtyards with large span pneumatic cushions

Software used: Oasys GSA

Arjen Deetman and Thijs de Goede are both studying Structural Design at Eindhoven University of Technology. Both are having an interest for Innovative Structural Design, one of the main topics at their master track.

Arjen is always trying to develop new concepts and principles. Due to his background and hands-on mentality he has also an eye for practical applicability. He has a passion for innovation, and concrete structures.  For his graduation project he is now exploring the field of adaptable concrete structures.  

Thijs prefer to design with an integral focus. Structure should become architecture and vice versa. The submission Covering courtyards with large span pneumatic cushions for the GSA Project of the Year underlines this concept. Thijs has been chairman of his study association KOers where he experienced the importance of communication. This was one of the reasons for subscribing to the competition: transforming structural analyses into a presentable paper.


Commercial StructuralCommercial Structural Project

Con Murray

Project: Doha Oasis

Software used: Oasys GSA

Con is from Naas Co. Kildare in Ireland and he studied civil and structural engineering at university before joining the structures team in Arup 4 years ago. Since joining Arup, Con, has travelled and worked in many different offices. He was initially based between the Galway and  Dublin offices but then transferred to the structures team in Sheffield less than 2 years ago.

He enjoys his role as a structural engineer and most enjoy working at the early concept stage of design on a project. During his time at Arup he has been fortunate to of worked on a large variety of projects and engineers. He hopes to pass his chartered exam in 2017 with the Institution of Structural Engineers and continue to take on more responsibilities as his experience grows.    


Academic GeotechnicalAcademic Geotechnical Project

Paul Bailie

Project: A load-transfer model for axial cyclic loading of piled foundations

Software used: Oasys Pile

Paul is a chartered geotechnical engineer working for Arup in London and has extensive design and construction experience in the UK, Europe and North America.  Paul completed his MSc at Imperial College London, where he furthered his interest in thermal piles and cyclic loading by developing a new load-transfer model for analysing the axial cyclic loading behaviour of piled foundations.


Geotechnical commercialCommercial Geotechnical Project

Francesc Mirada and Jennie Gates

ProjectUtility damage assessment in a large urban area

Software used: Oasys Pdisp and Xdisp

Francesc joined Arup after obtaining his MSc at the Technical University of Catalonia (BarcelonaTECH) where he got an award to the second best academic record of his year. Since joining Arup as a Graduate Engineer, Francesc dedicated a big part of his time working in a large multi-disciplinary project such as HS2 gaining experience in geotechnical modelling, design and analysis. 


Crowd simulation academicAcademic Pedestrian Modelling Project

Bilal Farooq and Alexis Pibrac

Project: Analysis of Pedestrian Movement in Rosemont Metro and Bus Station

Software used: MassMotion

Professor Bilal Farooq is the Founding Director of Laboratory of Innovations in Transportation (LITrans) at École Polytechnique Montréal. He specializes in understanding pedestrian movement using mathematical modelling, simulation, machine learning, IoT, and sensors networks. He received his Ph.D. from University of Toronto in Transportation Systems, Master degree in Computer Science and Bachelor degree in Engineering from Pakistan.

Alexis Pibrac completed his Master degree at École Polytechnique Montréal and Bachelor degree at École Polytechnique Paris. He is an expert in developing mathematical models and simulations of pedestrian flow. Currently he is working at teamrise, a Paris based start-up specialized in developing management tools for team objectives and workflows.


Ped Sim CommercialCommercial Pedestrian Modelling Project

Aarshabh Misra and Fangzhou Su

Project: Integration of MassMotion with Simio 3D and Elevate for passenger flow simulation at Beijing's New International Airport

Software used: MassMotion

Aarshabh Misra is an Airport Analyst with the Airport Planning team in Arup’s Toronto office. He specializes in the simulation and modelling of vehicles and pedestrians in complex environments including airport terminal facilities, multi-modal road networks and integrated bus/rail transit hubs. His work has supported the delivery of several master plans, environmental assessments and technical reports that inform reliable evidence-based decision making. Since joining Arup, Aarshabh has participated in the delivery of consulting assignments on some of the largest and well known projects in the Greater Toronto Area including the Union Station Revitalization and the City of Toronto Official Plan Review as well as some of the largest airports globally, including New Doha International Airport, and Beijing New International Airport.

Fangzhou Su is an Airport Analyst with Arup Canada Inc. and a member of the Aviation Group.  Prior to joining Arup, he obtained his Master’s degree in Transportation Planning and Engineering from the University of Toronto, where he worked to integrate MassMotion with vehicle micro-simulation, emission generation and dispersion analysis tools. Since joining Arup, Fangzhou has participated in the passenger simulation and analysis some of the largest airports globally, including Toronto Pearson Airport, Manchester International Airport, Beijing New International Airport, and Taipei Taoyuan International Airport.



Highly Commended Entries

Our judges were so impressed with the quality of the entries it has been decided to offer the runners-up in each category a seperate £200 Amazon voucher prize. The highly commended entries were:


Structural Academic Petia Tzokova - Tall modular buildsings: Height limits of stacked steel modules

Commercial Structural Tristan Simmonds - UK Expo Pavilion Hive


Academic GeotechnicalDr Naveen BP - Testing and analysis of laterally loaded piles in residual Soil

Pedestrian Modelling
Crowd simulation academic Alexandru Dragan and Codrin Florescu - MassMotion Validation

Ped Sim Commercial Clara Yeung - Manchester Engineering Campus development



We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all those who entered. We hope you take part again in 2018!

For the terms and conditions of the competition, see the competition rules for more information.