Calling all budding Elon Musks!
A competition to design hyperloop stations in the Middle East was launched by ICE students and graduates and Virgin Hyperloop this week.
It is the second edition of the Design Engineer Construct! Future Infrastructure Challenge from the ICE MENA Student and Graduate Committee, in partnership with UK education consultancy Class Of Your Own (COYO).
As well as Virgin Hyperloop, partners in the challenge include smart supply chain solutions provider DP World, UAE ICE sponsors Mott MacDonald, WSP, and Atkins Global.
The hyperloop is a novel mode of transport that can travel at speeds of 1,000 km/h while emitting zero direct carbon emissions.
The challenge is to design net-zero hyperloop stations for the route between Jebel Ali, UAE and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
In teams of six, university students in the UAE will go head-to-head with their design solutions. This year, the teams have the option to have two members within the team from a different discipline of engineering other than civil engineering.
They will present their design briefs in the form of a report and a 10-minute video explaining their ideas with digital aids.
Their submissions will be marked on criteria of innovation, socio-economic benefits and the overall feasibility and buildability of the idea.
During the competition, the students will be trained in Bentley Open Rail software by training experts, Cadventure.
Being challenged to conceptualise this new technology in the built environment, students will have first-hand experience in understanding a complete project lifecycle. They will also be given an opportunity to innovate and understand the future technology with support and guidance of leading industry experts.