UAE students tasked to design Future of Transportation

    29 Nov 2021

    Teams of undergraduates in the UAE have been thrown the challenge to come up with new ideas to develop the country’s transportation infrastructure of the future.

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

    Launching the DEC Future Infrastructure Challenge, DP World, the leading provider of smart supply chain solutions, and Virgin Hyperloop have partnered with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Mena region, Class of Your Own (COYO), Bentley Systems and Cadventure.  

    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.

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

    “We are excited to launch this competition to get the next generation thinking about the potential of hyperloop-enabled logistics,” said Abdulla bin Damithan, CEO & Managing Director of DP World UAE Region & Jafza. “The global supply chain crisis had made it clear that the time for innovation is now – and these students will be at the forefront, tackling the industry’s biggest challenges head-on.”

    Working closely with partner DP World, Virgin Hyperloop’s ambition to revolutionize 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 said: “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 program of study enables young people to explore a range of themes that will impact and influence major infrastructure projects shortly, including cyber security, net-zero carbon and environmental issues, digital twins, machine learning and artificial intelligence.  

    “It’s great to be back 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 organizations to be more resilient, productive and efficient. The Future Infrastructure Program presents an exciting opportunity to test the collaborative problem-solving skills of a generation of graduates entering a very different construction industry.”

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