Submit your entry for the 2017 AEC Excellence Awards and watch your pioneering project captivate the industry among your clients and influential peers. We’re seeking to honor the boldest, most innovative projects with a focus on BIM workflows and Autodesk software.
You may enter up to five projects among four distinct categories: Infrastructure, Building, Construction, and Sustainability. Along with earning top industry recognition, winning entries will share in over $80,000 in prizes, including HP workstations and accommodations to attend Autodesk University Las Vegas 2017.
Winning entries will receive recognition from Autodesk, HP, Construction Dive and Smart Cities Dive. But even more important, you and your project will be respected and admired by your peers, customers and industry leaders from around the world. It’s a great opportunity for you to be recognized for your most important, innovative thinking.
Click here to see the winning entries & Showcase Book from last year’s competition — and get ready to be inspired.
Don’t miss your chance to put your innovative projects on center stage. Submit your projects at the 2017 AEC Excellence Awards link below.
Each entry is to be judged separately.
Each entry must contain a completed entry form and imagery or photography. Videos of the project may also be included.
Imagery and videos must adhere to the following:
Each category’s individual criteria for entry:
Entrants must agree to the Permission Form that is provided as part of the entry process. The “Permission Form” is a consent form between Sponsor and entrant under which the entrant grants Sponsor certain rights to use the entrant’s Contest submission in marketing and promotion, and to sublicense these rights to the Co-Sponsors of this Contest.
To enter the Contest, entrants must (a) go to the Contest Site or other location indicated by Sponsor, and (b) follow the instructions for entry. All entries must comply with the terms in these Rules. Entrants may request that their entry be withdrawn by sending a written request to Sponsor prior to the Deadline at the address set forth in Section A.4. The withdrawal request must identify the entrant’s name and the specific entry being withdrawn. Sponsor shall not be responsible or liable for failing to process any withdrawal request.
In addition, the names of the winner(s) may be obtained by sending a written request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the below address:
WINNER’S LIST – AEC Excellence Awards Contest
CGarchitect Digital Media Corp.
GST 84907 0362 RT0001
234 Royal Oak Green NW
Calgary Alberta T3G6A7
All requests must include the words “WINNER’S LIST” and the full name of the Contest prominently in the subject line or in the first line of the address, as the case may be. All such requests must be received within six (6) months after the date the winner is announced. Residents of Vermont may omit return postage on winner’s list requests.
All of the Judges will review all entries and award an aggregate score to each entry based on the scale of 1-10 for each Criteria. The three (3) entries with the highest aggregate scores after adding the scores of all Judges shall be deemed the winners with the entry with the highest score winning the top prize, the entry with the second highest score winning the next prize level down and so on until all prizes have been awarded, as set forth in Section A.8 below.
In the event of a tie, the Sponsor shall determine the winner(s).
IF USERS ARE PERMITTED TO LIKE OR VOTE FOR ENTRIES ON THE SITE, THE NUMBER OF LIKES OR VOTES EACH ENTRY RECEIVES ON THE SITE WILL BE FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY AND WILL NOT BE ONE OF THE CRITERIA USED BY JUDGES TO SELECT THE WINNER(S). THE DECISIONS OF SPONSOR AND THE JUDGES WILL BE FINAL. SPONSOR WILL NOT CORRESPOND WITH ENTRANTS ABOUT THE DECISIONS OF THE JUDGES OR THE DETERMINATION OF THE WINNERS OTHER THAN AS EXPRESSLY PROVIDED IN THE RULES. The Judges have the right to disqualify any entry that is not in compliance with these Rules, in the Judges’ sole and absolute discretion.
The cumulative estimated retail value of each Prize to be awarded in the Contest in U.S. Dollars is as follows: FIRST PLACE PRIZES $48,700, SECOND PLACE PRIZES $26,200, THIRD PLACE PRIZES $8,700. The total estimated retail value of all Prizes to be awarded in the Contest is: $83,600.
Each Entry must comply in all respects with these Rules and the Policies. Sponsor will have no responsibility for, and will have the right to refuse in its sole and absolute discretion, any entries that have been tampered with, or entries that are misdirected, incomplete, non-conforming, corrupt, lost, late, or ineligible, whether due to Internet or e-mail server failure or otherwise. Proof of transmission of an entry shall not constitute proof of receipt. It is each entrant’s responsibility to keep Sponsor informed of any changes to entrant’s contact or other information during the Contest.
To the extent not prohibited by Law, any awarded Prizes will be provided to a winner only after the winner has signed any Winner’s Declaration and Release ("Winner’s Declaration”) required hereunder, and provided any additional consents (including third party consents, in the form provided by Sponsor, for the use of another person’s name, voice, likeness, image or written or spoken words included in the entry) or other documentation required in the Winner’s Declaration. Sponsor’s current Winner’s Declaration for the
Contest may be obtained upon request by mail at the address identified in Section A.4 above. For winning entries, Sponsor will award the applicable Prize to the named entrant only, except in the case of a minor, Sponsor may award the prize to such minor’s named parent or legal guardian. The winner must take possession of the Prize as directed by Sponsor. The winner may be required to provide Sponsor with his or her social security or tax payer identification number for tax purposes. The winner also may be required to provide Sponsor with proof that he or she is the Authorized Account Holder of the e-mail address associated with the winning entry. An "Authorized Account Holder" is the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses to the domain associated with an e-mail address. In the event of a dispute, an entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the Authorized Account Holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. Failure to respond to the winner announcement or return any required declarations or releases within seven (7) days (or any longer time specified by Sponsor) or to comply with any of the foregoing may result in disqualification and the selection of an alternate winner. It is Sponsor’s policy to assist government employees in meeting their obligations under their Standards of Ethical Conduct; any Prize won in violation of those Standards should not be accepted and should be returned at Sponsor’s expense or destroyed.
These Rules are in the English language only. Each entrant hereby confirms his or her express wish that these Rules and any related documents be written in the English language. Les parties ci-dessus confirment leur désir que cet regles officiel ainsi que tous les documents, y compris tous avis qui s'y rattachent, soient rédigés en langue anglaise.
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