The evolution of infrastructure has been inspired and influenced by young minds. Every time a challenge surfaces, innovations appear and overcome them. We are in the middle of a climate and environmental emergency, in addition to a worldwide pandemic. These events have made us more cautious about our health and impacted our lifestyle, but the infrastructure around us remains the same. However, we also see that the Internet of Things (IoT) is playing a greater role in information accessibility for all stakeholders like the users, operators, and owners. Through the Future Infrastructure Star Challenge 2021, Bentley invites students from around the world to submit their thoughts, ideas, and innovations that they see for the future infrastructure industry.
The Future Infrastructure Star Challenge seeks to provide a space for the young minds of today to consider and solve the world’s toughest challenges. While the world around us is constantly changing, our infrastructure tends to remain the same. The challenge is divided into two stages:
Design and Visualization. Throughout these two stages, students will get to dream big and showcase their potential to reshape the future of the infrastructure industry.
The challenge is open to individual students (or teams of two) from Community Colleges/ Schools, Polytechnics, Technical Institutes and Universities.
Prizes will be split equally among the members of the winning team.
In addition, each team can have an advisor. The advisor can be a faculty member, or an expert from industry.
Participants submit their ideas for the next big infrastructure project in any of the following categories: road and rail, building and facilities, water and wastewater, cities and mapping, and power generation concerning an environmental challenge that hinders the infrastructure development. Considering optimum use of IoT and the possibility to scale a design model, participants can share their plans to provide a healthy surrounding.
Design and Visualization
The top 10 ideas from the Conceptualization stage qualify for this stage.
The purpose of this stage is to have participants create both a design model and a 3D visualization model using a Bentley application.
Participants can consult their mentors—which may include an educator, a subject matter expert, or a professional in the field—to help them build a design model based on their concepts using any Bentley technology.
During the design and visualization phase, participants will work on various elements of modeling, designing, scheduling, and visualization with guidance from the mentors supporting them, helping them bring their concepts to a stable design.
Participants will be eligible to attend masterclasses hosted by Bentley subject matter experts The masterclasses will be in the form of self-paced learning, so participants can work on their design models and share them with their mentors for assistance and feedback when required.
Participants must submit a zip folder that contains the following files.
The design model and visualization model in the Bentley output file format with all the design files. (Participants will be thoroughly assisted by subject matter experts for their project submission.)
A short video presentation (4 minutes maximum) about the journey from concept to design, including the thinking involved.
Participants will be judged and scored on the design parameters and their ability to justify the design language to the judges.
The following is the classification of weightage given to each parameter:
Modeling and Design – 40%
Analysis of design for stability, economically and scalability – 40%
Final Round Judging – 24th September 2021.
Awards:- The top 20 winners will get a cash prize of USD 500. The top 10 winners will also qualify for the next stage: Design and Visualization.