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Bentley Education announces new student contest

Through the Digital Twin Design Challenge, students have the chance to combine their imagination and creativity by exploring infrastructure digital twins. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

Bentley Systems, the infrastructure engineering software company, announced Bentley Education’s Digital Twin Design Challenge-a student contest providing an opportunity to reimagine a real-world location with a structure designed with the popular Minecraft video game

Digital twin technology will be the next powerful tool for future engineers, and this contest will serve as a creative exploring opportunity for students.

Through the Digital Twin Design Challenge, students can combine their imagination and creativity by exploring infrastructure digital twins. Students will use Minecraft to take a real-world location and design a new structure within it. In addition to gaining recognition from Bentley Education, the top 20 finalists will receive US$500 each. The winner chosen by expert judges will receive a prize of US$5,000, and the winner from the popular vote category will win a prize of US$2,000.

The challenge is open to students aged between 12 years and 25 years from secondary schools, high-schools, community colleges/schools, polytechnics, technical institutes and universities. Students can design structures that address issues like environmental sustainability, architectural aesthetics, and population growth or solve a specific engineering challenge. They can be in the form of any superstructure, such as a building, bridge, monument, park, train station, or airport.

Because digital twins are virtual representations of the real world, they can help combine and visualise data to optimise decision-making and enable effective planning and action.

Katriona Lord-Levins, chief success officer, Bentley Systems, said, “This challenge is continuing Bentley Education’s mission of nurturing future professionals for careers in engineering, design, and architecture. We want students to show their creativity using Minecraft and explore the potential of Bentley’s iTwin technology to tackle a challenge facing the world’s infrastructure. And, along the way, we want to inspire and encourage students to learn about infrastructure engineering as a possible career and expose them to the opportunities that lie ahead, with infrastructure going digital.”

When their design is ready, students will export the structure as a 3D model and place it within the real-world location using the Bentley iTwin platform. Students will also need to submit a short essay describing the concept behind their design. To participate in the challenge, students must register and submit their projects before March 31, 2022. 

To register and for other information, click here