Since announcing that this year’s annual Build Earth Live competition would focus on designing a high-speed Hyperloop station connecting Dubai and Fujairah, the concept has gone from experimental to tangible. In the past, this 48-hour competition called for designers around the world to come together as teams and create innovative structures using BIM workflows and cloud technology, but these designs were never more than models. This year, Build Earth Live organizers Asite, supported by headline sponsor Vectorworks, have partnered with Dubai Future Foundation, Dubai's Road and Transport Authority, and Hyperloop One, a company developing the world's first Hyperloop, to potentially bring the winning design to life.
"Hyperloop One is excited to sponsor the Build Earth Live Collaborative, which will bring together some of the best and brightest architectural and engineering minds in the world to design a Hyperloop station for the United Arab Emirates,” said Rob Lloyd, CEO of Hyperloop One. “As the leader in developing the next mode of transportation, Hyperloop One is committed to making Hyperloop a commercial reality for freight and passenger transportation in the near future, and the BIM Competition is a great first start.”
The government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had already planned to build the Hyperloop infrastructure between the two cities in the near future, but when they heard about this year’s competition, they reached out to Asite to join forces in search of a potential designer for the project. Because of this change in scope, the competition dates have been moved later in the year to Monday, September 26, 2016 at noon GST until Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at noon GST.
The UAE will host representatives from the finalist teams in Dubai for judging and the awards ceremony alongside Asite, Hyperloop One, and Vectorworks. The winning team's design will be assessed by officials from the UAE, and if approved, they will have the opportunity to work with the government to deliver the future project.
"This year will be the most exciting Build Earth Live competition with the possibility for participating teams to win work, and we couldn't be happier to be the headline sponsor," said Jeremy Powell, product marketing director at Vectorworks. "We wish all of the competing teams the best and can't wait to see the creative solutions they design for this challenge involving Hyperloop technology."