BIM essay scoops top prize in JCT student competition

Congratulations are in order for Angelica Salas, the winner of The Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) Student Essay Competition 2014.

Salas, who is a student at the University of Wolverhampton, was announced as the winner late last week at a special lunch event at the Royal Institution of British Architects.


Over 100 entrants took part in the competition, with just a tenth of them making it to the final judging stage. Judges included Chair of the JCT Peter Hibbard and Stephen Radley, Director of Policy and Strategic Planning at CITB-Construction Skills.


The competition ran from September 2013 to March 2014 and applicants had to tackle the assignment topic “What could be done to simplify construction?” within a 2,500 word limit. Salas’ entry was entitled: “What could be done to simplify construction? Applying Lean thinking and BIM in construction”.


Any student at a professional or educational institution studying a degree, apprenticeship or vocational course relating to construction could enter the competition, with cash prizes up for grabs. Two runners-up received £250 with Salas scooping a £1000 prize.


Discussing why they chose Salas, the judging body commented and said: “What we liked best about this essay was the originality of the idea, and the clear way it was expressed throughout, pulling elements of BIM and Lean Construction together in a well thought, cohesive way. It answered the topic head-on, and provided a practical and interesting solution.”


If you wish to read Angelica Salas’ essay, then click here to do so. More information on the competition and where you can read other essay entries can be found here.


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