Exton, US: Bentley Systems announced the winners in the 2011 Bentley Student Design Competition and named Professor Maria-Paz Gutierrez, University of California, Berkeley, as Bentley Educator of the Year.
The Student Design Competition awards technically advanced projects created using Bentley software by university, high school and middle school students around the world. The awards also recognise the achievements of their educators and mentors. The programme fosters interest and growth in the architectural, engineering, construction (AEC), geospatial and operations professions by encouraging students to explore the software and hone the skills they will need as future infrastructure practitioners. The Educator of the Year award recognises a member of the academic community who has an outstanding record of achievement and is committed to inspiring students to pursue careers in the infrastructure professions.
In the 2011 Student Design Competition, individual students or teams submitted projects in various categories depending upon their level of education. University and community college students submitted projects in four categories: Innovation in Architectural Design, Innovation in Engineering Design, Innovation in Structural Engineering and Communicating Through Visualization. High school and middle school students submitted projects in the “Design a Concert Hall” category.
The winners in this year’s competition are:
1. Ronaldo Theatre for the Arts, Kenny Tejeda, Phillip DiGiacomo, and Patrick Severe, Eastern Technical High School, Baltimore, Md., in the “Design a Concert Hall” category;
2. Past Present Future: Glasgow Intervention, Ralf Furulund, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, in the “Innovation in Architectural Design” category;
3. Design of Amravati Sewerage Network Using Software SewerGEMS, Pekam Rajesh Balajirao, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT), Nagpur, India, in the “Innovation in Engineering Design” category;
4. Mechanical Wings, Tal Tadjer and Nivi Tepliz, Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Ramat-Gan, Israel, in the “Communicating Through Visualization” category.
Winners or winning teams will each receive a scholarship and handcrafted award to display at their schools, and will be able to choose 10 seats of Bentley software – from the more than 50 products available through the Be Careers Network academic subscription – for use by their schools.