Hyperloop BIM Competition Receives Sponsorship
Andrew Wheeler posted on May 20, 2016 |
The eighth annual Build Earth Live series changes dates to September 26–28, 2016

Originally announced in March, the building information modeling (BIM) competition for the eighth Build Earth Live series has been moved to September and spans two full days. Recently, Build Earth Live announced that its international hyperloop competition has two new government sponsors: the Dubai Future Foundation and Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority. 

This is a logical move, given the fact that the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has ambitions to build a hyperloop in the country. It follows suit that the winners of the Build Earth Live competition will have a chance to help work on the project with the UAE government.

If you aren’t familiar with the hyperloop, it is a concept for high-speed transportation systems popularized by Elon Musk, entrepreneur and founder of SpaceX. The hyperloop sends riders through its integrated structure on pressurized capsules suspended by a cushion of air. The capsules are driven by linear induction motors and air compressors and the structure allows passengers and cargo between two points quietly and efficiently.

Hyperloop One, an interesting company that is hell-bent on designing and creating the world's first fully realized hyperloop, will be among the guests of the UAE government ministry along with representatives from finalist teams, Vectorworks and Asite. 
The main focus of the event is on the design of station terminals within both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. (Image courtesy of Hyperloop One.)
The main focus of the event is on the design of station terminals within both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. (Image courtesy of Hyperloop One.)

The competition was created by Asite, producers of cloud technology such as the Adoddle platform for the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) sector. BIM software developer Vectorworks decided to sponsor the competition because it underscores how technology is revolutionizing construction by tasking teams to collaborate using BIM technology.

Sponsors and participating teams moved the opening of the event to Monday, September 26, 2016 at noon GST. The competition will close out on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at noon GST and the finalist teams will fly to Dubai to attend the award festivities.

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