An international design competition scheduled for this year in the UAE will see contestants dreaming up stations for Elon Musk’s futuristic Hyperloop mass transportation system.
The Hyperloop concept envisages pods carrying people at or near the speed of sound through tubes kept in a partial vacuum.
The latest in the series of international BIM events organised by collaborative platform Asite, the contest will focus on creating a Hyperloop system to link the emirates of Dubai and Fujairah.
The event has received official backing from the Dubai government. The finalist teams will be hosted by the government in Dubai for judging and the awards ceremony.
The event is supported by Hyperloop One, one of the two companies racing to commercialise the Hyperloop concept.
Rob Lloyd, CEO of Hyperloop One, called the BIM competition "a great first start".
Nathan Doughty, Asite COO, said: "Hyperloop is a disruptive innovation that could radically alter the world we live in, for the better, and we are excited to see what concepts the teams create."
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THIS IDEA IS NOTHING NEW.
FUJITA CORPORATION OF JAPAN WERE RESEARCHING THIS IDEA BACK IN THE 80’s.
AS FUNDS ARE ON THE TIGHT SIDE IN THE GULF THESE DAYS, ONE WONDERS HOW THEY EXPECT FIRMS TO DEVOTE COSTLY RESOURCES TO A SCHEME THAT WOULD LIKELY TAKE A LONG TIME TO TRANSPIRE, IF AT ALL
Long ago ,I think , a miniaturised form of “Hyperloop” was used in the old departmental stores to deliver any cash payment to a central concealed payment collection room and then to return the small change back to the shop assistant to hand over to the customer with the goods across the counter- all via a cash cylinder moving to and fro in an extensive network of vacuum control pipes! Thus no cash registers on counters were used in those days and thus no cash register robberies were possible! Now scale such a system up as defined by the size of whatever has to be securely transported to and fro and give it a name such as “Hyperloop” and maybe start with a full scale live ” Prototype” and then test and improve it to maximum efficiency and economic viability and then go out to market it to those who wish to acquire it!?
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