Build Earth Live Hosts a Hyperloop Competition to Bridge Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Posted by Hannah Force on 3/29/16 11:59 AM  |  3 min read time

The annual Build Earth Live competitions bring together designers from across the globe to tackle a wide variety of challenges using BIM workflows and cloud technology, and this year is no different. Organized by Asite, this year’s competition is centered around linking Dubai and Abu Dhabi with a super-speed Hyperloop. In particular, it focuses on creating station terminuses within the context of the two cities in the United Arab Emirates. The 48-hour event kicks off on Monday, May 23, 2016 at noon ET and ends on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at noon ET. The wide timeframe facilitates flexible schedules among international team members in different time zones.


The Hyperloop is an evolved bullet train and the potential future of transportation with the ability to accelerate pressurized passenger pods in air-vacuumed, suspended tubes at speeds up to 760 miles per hour. Not only does the suspension of the tubes protect against natural disasters like earthquakes, but the system also reduces transportation complications such as cost and travel time. The only catch is that there are no Hyperloop transportation systems in existence yet, but this competition may be able to turn this literal pipedream into reality.

“This eighth edition of the Build Earth Live series is a return to the Middle East, following the success of Build Qatar Live in 2012. We will be focusing on the infrastructure challenges around one of the most exciting innovations of our time in transportation technology — the Hyperloop concept,” Asite COO Nathan Doughty says. “The Hyperloop is a disruptive innovation that could radically alter the world we live in for the better, and we are excited to see what concepts the teams create in May!"

 Courtesy of Build Earth Live

Build Earth Live exists to raise awareness of cloud-based working, international developments in interoperability, and public access to the design process. Vectorworks has been a proud sponsor of the annual competition for the past five years to help illuminate how new technology is revolutionizing construction.

“On behalf of Vectorworks, we are happy to return as headline sponsor of the Build Earth Live series, and as in year's past, the competition selection surely won't disappoint with the Hyperloop technology's theoretical potential to reduce travel time between the cities to about five minutes,” said Jeremy Powell, director of product marketing at Vectorworks. "Also, the competition serves as an important reminder that openBIM is a powerful way to connect people for collaborative work, and we can't wait to see what everyone comes up with."

Prior to the competition, Asite will release a high-level design brief followed by the release of full details. Teams are free to use any interoperable software and encouraged to keep a public collaboration site so that visitors can observe and comment on the process.

The event will conclude with an awards ceremony and presentations to the press. Award winners will be recognized as leaders in their field and masters of collaborative technologies.

There are many different ways to contribute to your team’s design, so don’t worry if you’re nervous that you don’t have enough BIM experience. Interested participants can form their own teams, connect with potential team members, or just observe the event if they’d like. Regardless of how you plan to engage, make sure you register now to help shape the future of the Hyperloop.

Topics: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Hyperloop System Technologies, Jeremy Powell, openBIM, sponsorship, United Arab Emirates, Asite COO Nathan Doughty, BIM, Build Earth Live, Build Earth Live Hyperloop, Build Qatar Live 2012, competition, Hyperloop Technology

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