University and school students are to be invited to participate in a 48-hour live BIM competition, after consultancy WYG was revealed as an organiser and sponsor of the BIM4SMEs competition.
Teams entering the Build Newcastle Live competition will be given a brief for multi-use development on a site in Newcastle, and will compete to put together a project proposal using the Asite collaborative platform.
Their task will be to create a construction package incorporating design, cost and scheduling information within a 48-hour timeframe.
In addition to the participants from SMEs, a team of students drawn from local universities and schools studying the “Class of your own” construction curriculum will also join the competition.
The schemes, from an expected field of around 20 teams, will be judged by a panel headed by the BIM Task Group’s Mark Bew and David Philp FCIOB
The BIM4SME Build Newcastle Live 2015 competition will take place on 16-18 March. There will be awards in six different categories: including the overall Build Live Award, Best use of BIM for Innovation, BIM for Sustainability and Constructability, and Best use of BIM for Design, Drama and Excitement, a category sponsored by BAM.
The overall winner will be awarded the Open BIM Build Live Award, also sponsored by WYG. The award ceremony will take place in London on 19 March.
WYG, a project management and technical consultancy, says that the event offers participants in small and medium enterprises all over the UK the opportunity to use BIM freely, in a safe virtual environment.
Jonathan Munkley, BIM director at WYG and a member of the BIM4SME task group, said: “We are extremely proud to facilitate knowledge and practice of BIM to SME organisations and individuals who may not otherwise have the the oportunity. BIM is about collaboration, so not only is this competition a means to showcase talent and best practice, it is also a channel to enable confidence and stimulate communications in ways that will be of great beenefit to the industry.”
For more information and to register for the competition, visit www.buildearthlive.com. A laser-scanned fly-through of the competition site in Newcastle is available in the YouTube video below.