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Dubai government throws weight behind Hyperloop virtual design contest

23 May 2016 | By Tom Ravenscroft

Build Earth Live has launched the eighth instalment of its virtual design and construction competition. The latest in the series of international BIM events, organised by collaborative platform Asite, will focus on creating a Hyperloop system to link Dubai and Fujairah.

At the core of the contest, which aims to improve working practices in a BIM project environment, will be the design of station terminuses within the context of the two cities in the United Arab Emirates.

The event has received official backing from the Dubai government, with the Dubai Future Foundation and Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority supporting the virtual contest. Representatives from the finalist teams will be hosted by the government in Dubai for judging and the awards ceremony.

Nathan Doughty, Asite COO, said: “BEL Hyperloop will focus on the infrastructure challenges around one of the most exciting innovations of our time in transportation technology – the Hyperloop concept. Hyperloop is a disruptive innovation that could radically alter the world we live in, for the better, and we are excited to see what concepts the teams create.”

Alongside the Dubai government the event is also supported by Hyperloop One, a company that is developing the world’s first Hyperloop, and software developer Vectorworks

Rob Lloyd, CEO of Hyperloop One, said: “Hyperloop One is committed to making Hyperloop a commercial reality for freight and passenger transportation in the near future, and the BIM competition is a great first start.”

Jeremy Powell, product marketing director at Vectorworks, added: “This year will hands down be the most exciting Build Earth Live competition with the possibility for participating teams to win work, and we couldn’t be happier to be the headline sponsor.

“We wish all of the competing teams the best and can’t wait to see the creative solutions they design for this challenge involving Hyperloop technology.”

The 48-hour event kicks off on Monday, 26 September, 2016 at noon GST and the closes on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at noon GST.

The UAE competition will be the eighth Build Live contest and follows the Build New York Live competition that took place earlier this year. That contest was won by a UK team led by Ryder Architecture that included the BIM Academy, Willmott Dixon Construction, i2C, Ravetllat Ribas, Cundall, SLR Global Consulting and Summers Inman.

BIM+ understands that Ryder Architecture will again be leading a team at this year’s event.

Clerkenwell-based global project management and technical consultancy WYG, with support from students at the Well Acre Academy in Manchester, was also awarded the judges discretionary award.

BEL Hyperloop will focus on the infrastructure challenges around one of the most exciting innovations of our time in transportation technology. Hyperloop is a disruptive innovation that could radically alter the world we live in, and we are excited to see what concepts the teams create.– Nathan Doughty, Asite