As part of our ongoing support for Architects and Engineers of tomorrow, in partnership with Class Of Your Own (COYO), Cadventure is instrumental in the delivery of a new design challenge for UAE students on the future of infrastructure in the region.

The challenge is being run in partnership with Bentley Systems, DP World, Virgin Hyperloop and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) MENA region, to launch the DEC Future Infrastructure Challenge.

This exciting competition has emerged from the development of COYO’s “Design Engineer Construct! Future Infrastructure” programme, designed to inspire the world’s future professionals.

The challenge will pit teams of undergraduates in a head-to-head competition to come up with new ideas to develop the UAE’s transportation infrastructure of the future.

University teams from across the UAE will conceptualise hyperloop portals, plan optimum routes and design associated infrastructure to connect the ports of Jebel Ali, Dubai and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Virgin Hyperloop is a new mode of transportation designed to eliminate the barriers of distance and time for both people and freight. Travelling at speeds of up to 1,000 km/h with zero direct emissions, Hyperloop could usher in a new era in sustainable logistics.

Hyperloop’s ambition is to revolutionise transport and logistics through cargo and passenger hyperloop-enabled systems is closer than ever.

With around 860 members living and working on a huge range of projects across the UAE and a very active graduate and student group, ICE MENA Regional Manager Redha al Redha commented:

“This competition shows budding civil engineers the many ways we can design and build infrastructure that benefits society. Hands-on experience on top-level projects is invaluable in inspiring and educating the next generation about a career that changes lives and can help us build a sustainable world for our future. We look forward to seeing some remarkable talent working at the forefront of our industry in a few years’ time.”

COYO’s self-directed programme of study enables young people to explore a range of themes that will impact and influence major infrastructure projects in the near future, including cyber security, net zero carbon and environmental issues, digital twins, machine learning and artificial intelligence. 

“It’s great to be in Dubai, working with this amazing team,” said COYO’s Founder and CEO, Alison Watson. “Covid-19 has had a huge impact on students and their ability to learn by traditional methods. The rapid adoption of digital technology has kept the world talking and compelled organisations to be more resilient, productive, and efficient. The Future Infrastructure Programme presents an exciting opportunity to test the collaborative problem-solving skills of a generation of graduates entering a very different construction industry.”

Cadventure Managing Director, Elaine Lewis added: “To be part of this impressive project is a privilege.  We have provided learning and development to industry professional and students for many years and being part of a wider knowledge-exchange programme that create the construction industry talent of the future is incredibly rewarding.

Our role is to equip these students with the technical software skills using Bentley software like OpenBuildings and OpenRail, to envision their design solution.

This challenge is designed to inspire, and we are looking forward to seeing the innovative entries from the students over the coming months.”.

To find out more about the challenge and how to take part visit the DEC website here.