Build Earth Live: Hyperloop, the countdown begins!

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A 48-hour collaborative BIM competition creating a Hyperloop, connecting Dubai and Abu Dhabi begins on 23 May, 2016. The 8th global BIM competition created and hosted by Asite also announces its headline sponsor Vectorworks.

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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. Jeremy Powell Director of Product Marketing, Vectorworks

Creating a plan to link Dubai and Abu Dhabi with a super-speed Hyperloop is to be the latest event challenge in the annual Build Earth Live series. A competition created by Asite with headline sponsorship from global design software developer Vectorworks, Inc., this 48hr global collaborative competition will showcase how new technology is revolutionising construction.

Design teams from around the world are invited to join in worldwide collaborative working by using building information modelling (BIM).

The Hyperloop event, created by Asite and sponsored by Vectorworks, will focus on the design of station terminuses within the context of the two great global cities: Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

This year’s team-based competition will begin on Monday, 23rd May 2016 at noon GMT and end Wednesday, 25th May 2016 at 12 Noon GMT. Taking place over 48 hours, Build Earth Live will allow contributions and collaborations from around the world during and after working hours.

Tony Ryan, Asite Group CEO, commented: “We’ve decided to use the concept of the Hyperloop to connect two Emirati cities - Abu Dhabi and Dubai - as a fitting demonstration of what is possible for people working far apart geographically to achieve together. I am excited to welcome back Vectorworks back as headline sponsor."

“Hyperloop technology has the theoretical potential to reduce travel time between the cities we have chosen to about 5 minutes!”

This is the eighth collaborative BIM competition hosted by Build Earth Live to raise awareness of cloud-based working, international developments in interoperability and public access to the design process.

The team- based competition will take place over 48 hours, allowing contributions and collaborations from around the world during and after working hours.

“On behalf of Vectorworks, we are happy to return as headline sponsor of the Build Earth Live series, and as in years past, the competition selection surely won't disappoint with the Hyperloop technology's has the theoretical potential to reduce travel time between the cities we have chosen 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, organisers will release a high-level design brief to all potential participants – followed by the release of full details before the event starts.

Teams are free to exploit any interoperable technology and to update a public collaboration site. Visitors can observe and comment on the collaborative process.

Nathan Doughty Asite's Group COO said, “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. 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!"

The event will conclude with presentations to the press and awards announced by an expert panel. Award winners are recognised as leaders in their field and masters of collaborative technologies.

For sponsorship and partner opportunities, please contact; marketing(at)asite.com.

About Vectorworks, Inc.

Vectorworks, Inc. is a global design software developer serving the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries. Since 1985, we have been committed to helping designers capture inspiration, nurture innovation, communicate effectively and bring their visions to life. We’ve developed the best CAD and BIM software for Mac and Windows that puts BIM at the heart of the design process, enabling the flexibility needed for efficient iteration throughout the design life-cycle. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Vectorworks, Inc. is a part of the Nemetschek Group. Learn more about how we empower more than half a million designers to create experiences that transform the world at Vectorworks.net.

About Asite and Build Earth Live
Asite’s cloud technology gives everyone involved in construction projects access to key information online. It allows for increased collaboration, fewer mistakes, reduced rework, and time and cost savings. Asite’s Adoddle platform allows firms to store and manage all project data in one central and secure repository. It also enables customers to fully customize the structure of their content with highly controlled access and rich configurable workflows to allow project controls. The Adoddle platform is used by leading architecture, engineering and construction firms, as well as property owners world-wide to manage their largest and most demanding capital investment programs.

Adoddle helps people manage their projects and supply chains collaboratively, accessing the information they need, when and where they need it. It enables AECO companies to measure and track capital projects and asset operations.

Asite was founded in 2001 and is head quartered in London’s Tech City in the UK, with North American operations based in New York, and regional offices in Australia, India and South Africa. For more in-formation, please visit http://www.asite.com or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_uYAJvb2rk.
This is the 7th “Build Earth Live” event in the series founded by Nathan Doughty, COO of Asite to pro-mote BIM awareness in the AEC community. So we are calling out to all you collaborative BIM gurus! Whether you are a BIM novice, BIM expert, or simply an observer sign up and take part in our Global Build Earth Live events here: http://www.buildearthlive.com/.

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