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BIM competition announced for Dubai to Abu Dhabi Hyperloop

31 Mar 16 A two-day design challenge will be held in May to create a plan to link Dubai and Abu Dhabi with a super-speed Hyperloop.

The challenge is the latest in the annual Build Earth Live series, which is designed to showcase how new technology is revolutionising construction. It is created by Asite with sponsorship from design and BIM software developer Vectorworks. Teams are tasked with joining together in collaborative work using building information modelling (BIM) technology.

The event will focus in particular on the design of station terminuses within the context of two global cities.

This year’s team-based competition will begin on 23 May at noon Eastern Time  and end 48 hours later, allowing time for teams from around the world to collaborate regardless of their time zone.

Asite CEO Tony Ryan said: “We’ve decided to use the concept of the Hyperloop to connect two Emirati cities, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, as a fitting demonstration of what it is possible for people working far apart geographically to achieve together. I am excited to welcome Vectorworks back as headline sponsor."

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Vectorworks director of product marketing Jeremy Powell added: “On behalf of Vectorworks, we are happy to return as headline sponsor of the Build Earth Live series, and as in year's past, the competition selection surely won't disappoint with the Hyperloop technology's theoretical potential to reduce travel time between the cities to about five minutes. Also, the competition serves as an important reminder that openBIM is a powerful way to connect people for collaborative work, and we can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.”

Prior to the competition, Asite will release a design brief followed by the release of full details. Teams are free to use any interoperable technology and to keep a public collaboration site so that visitors can observe and comment on the process.

Details from www.buildearthlive.com/ (link opens in new tab).

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