Build New York Live: Meet The Teams Part 1

Credit: Build New York Live, TravelNoire
Credit: Build New York Live, TravelNoire

Build New York Live, Asite‘s Building Information Modelling design collaboration competition, begins in just five days time. Excitement is certainly building with less than a week to go, and we thought to increase the hype just that little bit further. Today, we present to you two team profiles of those taking part.

We spoke to WYG and their team captain, Johnathan Munkley. Munkley believes that his team have the diversity to win, with members representing nine different specialisms. Their efforts will be back by Soluis to aid visualisation and Munkley can’t wait to “foster sound understanding of new technologies and stimulate new ideas” via the competition.

We also chatted with Ahmed Louay of the University of Sheffield. Louay represents the cohesive ethos of the Build Earth Live brand as he will be based in Sheffield whilst remotely working with another team elsewhere in the world! He joined The NI BIM Hub for Build Newcastle Live back in March, and they won the Best Use of BIM for Design, Drama and Excitement during the awards ceremony that followed. Ahmed already knows that despite all of his project team members not being in the same place, he can collaborate successfully and impress whilst doing it.

Read team profiles for Ahmed Louay and One WYG Teams below.

Johnathan Munkley. Credit: UBM
Johnathan Munkley. Credit: UBM

– Who is your team made-up of and what will each team member bring to the table?

The One WYG team represents a plurality of talent coming together to act as one collaborative force throughout the competition. Every member will bring specialised knowledge and expertise in a multitude of fields including Structural Design, Architectural Design, Landscape Design, Building Services, Civil Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Cost Management, and Geo-Environment. Their efforts will be supported by Soluis Studios, who will contribute to the visualisation element.

– Why did you decide to enter Build New York Live? What excited you about the competition?

Entering BNYL is an ideal opportunity to strengthen collaborative working, foster sound understanding of new technologies and stimulate new ideas for their application. As a high pressure realistic setting, it provides the perfect training ground for individuals to learn from one another, share their knowledge and discover new skills, without the financial risk as an inhibitor.

– What qualities does your team possess that you think will see you edge out the competition?

We are proud that our team embraces generations. Graduates and students will take part alongside our most seasoned experts in what we expect to be a mutually valuable experience for career development.

– What are you hoping to get out of taking part in the competition?

One of the many anticipated benefits of BNYL is the leading edge that the team will gain. The wealth of practical knowledge that is achieved over the course of 48 hours can be transferred to the wider business and, ultimately, benefit our clients.

University of Sheffield's Ahmed Louay (part of the NI BIM Hub team) pictured at the Build Newcastle Live awards.
University of Sheffield’s Ahmed Louay pictured at the Build Newcastle Live awards.

– Who is your team made-up of and what will each team member bring to the table?

I am Architect engineer, graduated from Iraq and currently I am doing my PhD at the University of Sheffield. Unfortunately, I have no team but I joined the Northern Ireland NI BIM regional hubs who won the Best Use of BIM for Design, Drama and Excitement (best architectural design and presentation) during the pervious Build Newcastle Live competition in March.

– Why did you decide to enter Build New York Live? What excited you about the competition?

It is really an amazing adventure to work collaboratively and remotely with various members and experts of the construction industry.

– What are you hoping to get out of taking part in the competition?

Achieving extra skills in terms of the BIM collaborative working, avoiding hassles might be expected in a real BIM project, and discovering the potential technical interoperability among authoring tools implemented in the design process. Moreover, this competition is very crucial for achieving some of the objectives of my PhD research.

For more on the competition, visit Build Earth Live’s official website.

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