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International award for BIM Academy

A team, including staff and students from Northumbria University, has won an international virtual design award.

The Build Qatar Live project saw a team led by BIM (Building Information Modelling) Academy given just 48 hours to design a brief for a Museum of Architecture in Doha, near to Katara Beach. The team also included representatives from Ryder Architecture, Colour Urban design Limited, Mott Macdonald, National Building Specification (NBS) and Engineering firm Cundall who worked around the clock to develop the design for the internationally-known site.

In winning the award, BIM Academy beat opposition from teams from 41 countries.

George Mokhtar, Senior BIM Coordinator at BIM Academy, said: “The Build Qatar Live competition provided a great opportunity for multidisciplinary collaboration. I have to commend our team for all of their effort; it was amazing to see what is achievable in such a short space of time.

“I think key to our success was recognising that technology and processes enable us to work more effectively, but forward thinking communication and commitment ultimately drive the process.”

BIM Academy is a partnership between Northumbria University and award-winning architectural practice Ryder Architecture. BIM software allows construction professionals to design, build and operate a building conceptually through the use of 3D models.

Jane Matthews, Senior Lecturer in Construction at Northumbria added: “It was fantastic to win, especially as much of the team was made up of our graduates and students. With the launch of a new Masters programme in Design Management and BIM last September, this award is another way of showcasing our expertise in this arena.”

Date posted: December 17, 2012

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