Details behind Build Newcastle Live BIM competition announced

Credit: Build Newcastle Live
Credit: Build Newcastle Live

The details have been announced for an upcoming Building Information Modelling design competition that will see students battle it out with SMEs.

Devised by BIM consultancy WYG and BIM4SME, Build Newcastle Live – which runs from March 16th to March 18th – will see teams be given the brief for a significant multi-use development of an existing internationally known site in Newcastle. Competition contestants will then have 48 hours to put together a proposal that exploits the use of BIM.

Participants can use any design and interoperable technology that they wish, and they will also have an Asite collaboration platform at their disposal, allowing teams to experience/encouraging the use of cloud-computing as a method of collaborating and working as a cohesive unit.

Build Newcastle Live is a part of the Build Earth Live initiative, and it is hoped that the event not only promotes the strengths of BIM and the efficiencies its implementation can bring, but it also gives SMEs yet to adopt BIM to see it for themselves without any risk involved. Perhaps once they have taken part in the competition, they will then feel more comfortable to invest and utilise BIM workflows.

As well as small to medium businesses taking part, a select number of students from universities and Class of Your Own schools will also take part, encouraging and inspiring the next generation of BIM Managers.

“We are extremely proud to facilitate knowledge and practice of BIM to SME organisations and individuals who may not otherwise have the opportunity,” explained BIM Director at WYG, Jonathan Munkley to Construction Manager.

“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 benefit to the industry.”

Munkley also tweeted about the positive number of teams signing up for the competition, which can be entered from teams worldwide:

Judging the entries will be the likes of the UK BIM Task Group‘s David Philp and Mark Bew and Teesside University‘s Mohamad Kassem. The winners of the competition will be announced on March 20th, with awards being split into six categories (listed below):

• Best Multi-Disciplinary BIM & Use of Interoperability (Sponsored by Open Water Consulting)
• Best SME Engagement
• Best Use of BIM for Design, Drama and Excitement (Sponsored by BAM Construction)
• Best Use of BIM for Sustainability and Constructability
• BIM for Innovation
• OpenBIM Build Newcastle Live Award

For information on how you can register, where in the world you can participate from and what criteria you must meet, visit the Build Newcastle Live website.

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