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Organizer:Virtual Design World Cup Executive Committee

This is an international design competition for students to compete amongst each other in designing an innovative architecture, bridge and city design using BIM/CIM &VR technologies.
Every year students compete for the top prize which is given to an outstanding work outlining a predefined theme in the aspect of design, innovative idea, and creativity. They plan and design their work based on the theme and then run a simulation. Their final model will be presented to the judges in a form of a script for evaluation.
To assist students with the production of their work, we plan to carry out workshops and seminars. We will also support the students who will make use of software from now on. Also you can communicate and collect a lot of information without having to visit the local area by participating various workshop reviews through the Web and VR forum (3D cloud BBS). The script of VR data created by FORUM8's software and a "Concept poster" (A1 size (lateral) in PDF format) are required for the final submission and the judgment is performed on the basis of "VR Cloud judgment". We would like you to use FORUM8's BIM software and VR technologies by all means and consider this competition as an opportunity to create your masterpiece. We encourage students from different departments majoring in different field of studies to make a team to work on their model together to demonstrate that BIM/CIM can be used in various discipline.

●World Cup Prize : 1 (Award 300,000 yen)
●Excellent prize : 2 (Award 100,000 yen)
●Judge's special prize : About 4 (Award 50,000 yen)
Nomiation award (Certificate)
Travel and accommodation are provided for selected teams whose works are nominated. Up to 3 members from the areas other than Kanto area and 2 members from overseas teams are scheduled to be invited.
Qualification for applicant

All the team members involved should be either students or working students.
There must be at least 3 members in your team to apply.
Please make sure you outline the work contributed by each member of your team.

"Sharable urban system of future Shanghai"

Shanghai is leading the economic development of the huge high-growth nation of China. The target city of this year's VDWC is the Pudong district of Shanghai, whose skyline is dominated by a great many futuristic skyscrapers built in the past 30 years. Pudong might now be one of the places on the planet undergoing the most intense change. The district has earned such status due to the penetration of IoT in a society driven by smartphones, and the aggressive introduction of the shared economy. Sharing social resources through IT technology, as represented by Uber, are a current focus around the world. In China, sharing is now common for bicycles through to offices; networked economic activities might suit the Chinese traditional culture and politics.

This shared economy can be considered as a challenge in the creation of an entirely new urban system. If, in addition to transportation systems and networks, spatial resources like parking lots and meeting rooms, solar energy generated by individual facilities as well as water resources stored and treated by individual facilities, meals, entertainment, and almost everything available in the city becomes sharable easily and efficiently among a wide network of people, the sharing efficiency of cities may not only improve, but also the urban space may change entirely. This may include changing its architectural configuration and rearranging different design features that each play a specific role in making a fully functional city - to accommodate a sharable urban system. Such innovation is indeed a key concept of future architecture and urban design. The urban system originally incorporates "mobility (circulation / traffic / communication)". To recognize and control the urban system dynamic such as the flow of energy, food, and goods in addition to people and vehicles, computer simulation will be a powerful tool. In particular, it will be a valuable resource for predicting the complex interaction of autonomous distributed and shared-economy behaviors.

Contestants are asked to design a variety of shared urban systems and a new city that could potentially be created by these systems, while analyzing and presenting their ideas using simulation. Simulations do not need to be very complex, but simulations should go beyond merely confirming the design concept. If you select vehicle traffic as the shared system, for example, you are expected to actively apply simulations to your design such as pursuing new ideas after simulating and understanding the mechanism of "mobility" required for the design or inventing a way to adapt to mobility changes. In addition to the symbolic high-rise buildings, typical modern Chinese multi-storey apartments and undeveloped areas are included in the large target area. While you can focus on one office building or one intersection, you can also focus on a problem or natural phenomenon in the whole area. In essence, you are expected to show how shared systems will develop the Pudong city of the future in Shanghai.

Competition Area

VR data for the Competition Site

>> Procedure for browsing
>> VR-Cloud® Product Information

Steps to Follow

1. How to register
Please register and submit your work plan during the registration period (Mon April 2 – Thu Jun 21, 2018).
Works submitted will be judged on an anonymous basis. Please choose a team name and title by which an individual or group CANNOT be identified.
To register, please complete the page accessible from the button below with your team name, team members, etc.

Please download and fill out the form using the following link to present your work with an overview explanation (in 100 words in English) and any images and upload it using the Registration form above.
 (Word, 240KB)

2.Download link to get you started
Once your registration has been processed, we will email you the following information.
  ・Registration ID
  ・Download link for VR site model and materials for you to work on.
  ・How to apply for the seminars you want to take part in.

3.Project submission
Please submit your final work during the project submission period (Fri Sep 28 – Wed Oct 3, 2018) by accessing the dedicated URL form that will be sent to you.

The VR data created by using the software/solution licensed free of charge to the contestants
*It is mandatory to set up a script (automatic presentation) in the VR data of UC-win/Road. Please follow the rules below:
  -Please make a 30 second script as your main script, in such a way as to convey the aim of your work to the reviewer intuitively,like a commercial.
  -You may make multiple scripts each lasting for about 15 seconds in addition to your main script, however, please make sure the concept of your work can be understood by watching the main script alone.
 (PDF, 330KB)

PDF file of A1 sized poster (oriented horizontally).
*In English.
Please create your poster with margin of 10mm on the left, right, top and bottom.
format  (zip, 53KB)
Available software / Free license duration term

Rental duration for free licenses
April 2 (Mon) - November 22 (Thu).2018
*The rental duration, license restrictions and format provided will depend on the individual product.

Available Software       **Required software
**UC-win/Road (including Tsunami, Debris-Avalanche, Point Cloud / As-built drawing management plug-ins)   3D VR Simulation
    Allplan(Architecture/Engineering)     Integrated Civil Construction BIM Solution
    Engineer's Studio®    3D Plate Dynamic Non-linear Analysis
    UC-1 Series (Bridge pier design, Bridge abutment design, 3D bar arrangement CAD) Civil Design CAD (Japanese only)
    3DCAD Studio®
    UC-1 for SaaS (UC-1 cloud version, RC section, FRAME others) (Japanese only)
    DesignBuilder    Building Energy Consumption Calculation
    xpswmm    Water Run-off Analysis *1
    EXODUS / SMARTFIRE Analysis Support Service, Evacuation Analysis Support Service  *2
    Wind and Heat Movement Analysis Support Service  *2
    Municipality Solution  *3
    Parking Solution  *3
   VR City Planning System  *3
    Super Computer Cloud®

*1  Software whose function is limited, for example the number of node.
*2  Simplified analysis service with BIM data is provided.
*3  Various solution/service (analysis/rendering, etc) are available for a limited time for application in BIM.

 Seminar schedule of available products

Applicants can also participate in training and seminar (free or paid) on this software held by FORUM8.

*10 venues : Tokyo (Main venue)      TV Conference (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sendai, Sapporo, Kanazawa, Miyazaki, Okinawa)

Date Venue Language Seminar Products and solution
4/13 Web English UC-win/Road VR seminar UC-win/Road
4/19 Shanghai, Qingdao、Taipei Chinese Engineer's Studio® seminar Engineer's Studio®
4/24・25 Osaka Japanese UC-win/Road Expert training seminar EXODUS/SMARTFIRE
4/26 Iwate Japanese UC-win/Road Advanced VR seminar UC-win/Road
5/10 Tokyo Japanese UC-win/Road Creater seminar EXODUS・SMARTFIRE
5/11 Sapporo Japanese UC-win/Road Advanced VRseminar UC-win/Road
5/16 Kanazawa Japanese UC-win/Road VR seminar UC-win/Road
5/16 Shanghai, Qingdao, Taipei Chinese UC-1 Series seminar UC-1 Series
5/22・23 Tokyo Japanese UC-win/Road Expert training seminar UC-win/Road
5/24 Shanghai, Qingdao, Taipei Chinese Ground analysis series seminar UC-1 Series
5/25 10 venues・Web Japanese Pier design 3D bar arrangement
(partial factor method) /
Reappearance Calculation for pier seminar
Pier design 3D bar arrangement、
Pier design 3D bar arrangement
(partial factor method)
6/7 10 venues・Web Japanese Resilience design BIM analysis support experience seminar
Design Builder / Allplan
Design Builder, Allplan
6/8 10 venues・Web Japanese 3D Bar Arrangement CAD seminar 3D Bar Arrangement CAD
6/8 Shanghai, Qingdao, Taipei Chinese xpswmm xpswmm
6/19 Web English Engineer's Studio® seminar Engineer's Studio®
6/19 Hanoi, Yangon Vietnamese
/ Burmese
Engineer's Studio® seminar Engineer's Studio®
6/19 10 venues・Web Japanese Arcbazar / Assessment VR seminar Arcbazar Support Service / Self Simple Assessment website
6/20 Iwate Japanese UC-win/Road Creator seminar UC-win/Road
6/21 Taipei Chinese UC-win/Road VR seminar  UC-win/Road
6/21 10 venues・Web Japanese Engineer's Studio® seminar Engineer's Studio®
6/22 Shanghai Chinese UC-win/Road VR seminar  UC-win/Road
6/22 Miyazaki Japanese UC-win/Road Advanced VR seminar UC-win/Road
7/3 Tokyo Japanese 3D projection mapping & VR seminar UC-win/Road
7/6 Shanghai, Qingdao, Taipei Chinese UC-win/Road DS seminar UC-win/Road
7/6 Iwate Japanese UC-win/Road VR seminar UC-win/Road
7/10 Tokyo Japanese UC-win/Road VR seminar UC-win/Road
7/18 10 venues・Web Japanese Dynamic Analysis seminar Engineer's Studio®
7/13 Shanghai, Qingdao, Taipei Chinese DesignBuilder seminar DesignBuilder
7/20 Web English UC-win/Road VR seminar UC-win/Road
7/20 Tokyo Japanese VR City Design seminar UC-win/Road
7/27 Shanghai, Qingdao, Taipei Chinese Allplan Allplan
8/1 10 venues・Web Japanese DesignBuilder seminar DesignBuilder
8/3 10 venues・Web Japanese CIM introduction seminar UC-win/Road, Engineer's Studio®, Allplan
8/7 Nagoya Japanese UC-win/Road DS seminar UC-win/Road
8/8 10 venues・Web Japanese Tsunami analysis seminar UC-win/Road, xpswmm
8/10 Tokyo Japanese UC-win/Road Advanced VR seminar UC-win/Road
8/21 Sendai Japanese UC-win/Road VR seminar UC-win/Road
8/22 Taipei Chinese UC-win/Road Advanced VR seminar UC-win/Road
8/23 Shanghai Chinese UC-win/Road Advanced VR seminar UC-win/Road
8/24 Hanoi, Yangon Vietnamese
/ Burmese
UC-win/Road DS seminar UC-win/Road
8/24 10 venues・Web Japanese Allplan seminar Allplan
8/29, 30 Sapporo Japanese UC-win/Road Expert training seminar UC-win/Road
9/6 Hanoi, Yangon Vietnamese
/ Burmese
UC-win/Road VR seminar UC-win/Road
9/6 10 venues・Web Japanese EXODUS SMARTFIRE seminar EXODUS/SMARTFIRE
9/7 Osaka Japanese UC-win/Road Advanced VR seminar UC-win/Road
9/13 Nagoya Japanese UC-win/Road Advanced VR seminar UC-win/Road
9/14 Hanoi, Yangon Vietnamese
/ Burmese
Ground analysis series UC-1 series
9/14 Tokyo Japanese VR road design seminar UC-win/Road
9/26 10 venues・Web Japanese Abutement design 3D bar arrangement seminar 3D bar arrangement CAD, abutment design 3D bar arrangement
  Judging Committee
Prof. Yasushi Ikeda
Chief of executive committee of VDWC
Graduate School of Keio University
Representative of IKDS
  Prof. Kostas Terzidis
Tongji University, China
  Prof. Masaru Minagawa
Professor of Faculty of Engineering
Department of Urban and Civil
Engineering /Vice President,
Tokyo City University
National Chiao Tung

  Results Announcement and Award Ceremony

Date : November 15 (Thu), 2018 Venue : Shinagawa Intercity Hall (MAP)

The winning award works will be selected through the final judging committee and judge on cloud via VR-Cloud® and the Award Ceremony will be held.

Open Judgement / Award Ceremony 
An construction IT journalist
Mr. Ryota Ieiri
He is an architectural IT journalist transmitting information on his blog to solve the business challenges that the construction industry has including the productivity growth, global environmental protection and internationalization etc. by introducing BIM, 3DCAD and informatization construction etc.

Award Ceremony 
TV reporter
Mr. Yuji Abe
Born in Tokyo in 1958 and graduated as Political Science and Economics major from Waseda University.
He has currently taken successive lead roles as a reporter in various Japanese TV programs such as "Variety show Sukkiri!!". He is known for his competence in English, his ability that helped him become a professional private teacher who helped his students pass an entrance exam to many prestigious schools and also helped him interview Hollywood stars visiting Japan without an interpreter.

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  Judging standard

The use of UC-win/Road is mandatory for the creation of the work. In addition, contestants must use at least one more FORUM8 software/solution to create their project, which must have the element of the BIM/CIM and VR and the capability to be used within these disciplines. The works will be evaluated based on
  • Incorporation of BIM/CIM and VR concepts
  • Conception time
  • Design quality
  • Logicality and technical capability
  • Aesthetic appeal and originality
  • Presentation skills

All VR data content is the copyright material of the individual applicant
The submitted VR data will not be redistributed, but FORUM8 holds the right to
  • Access project data and material
  • Edit or reproduce created media (images or video)
  • Post or introduce it on websites, magazines, books, newspapers etc. as a sales activity or an advertisement

  Contest History

Virtual Design World Cup
The 7th Student BIM & VR Design Contest

Theme 2017
"Yangon -Aiming for an ideal and sustainable Asian city"

Virtual Design World Cup
The 6th Student BIM & VR Design Contest

Theme 2016
"Extension of the central city Melbourne"

Virtual Design World Cup
The 5th Student BIM & VR Design Contest

Theme 2015
"Redevelopment of Keelung Station Area in Taiwan"

Virtual Design World Cup
The 4th Student BIM & VR Design Contest

Theme 2014
"Sustainable Olympic Town in Tokyo Bay 2020"

Virtual Design World Cup
The 3rd Student BIM & VR Design Contest

Theme 2013
"Sustainable Station Front in Global Metropolis"

Virtual Design World Cup
The 2nd Student BIM & VR Design Contest

Theme 2012
"Sustainable Design of Marine City"

Virtual Design World Cup
The 1st Student BIM & VR Design Contest

Theme 2011
"SHIBUYA Bridge"

  For Inquiries

FORUM8 Co., Ltd Tokyo head office Publishing team in charge of Virtual Design World Cup
Shinagawa Intercity A-21F, 2-15-1 Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-6021 Japan
TEL : 03-6894-1888          FAX : 03-6894-3888      E-mail : bim@forum8.co.jp
URL : http://www.forum8.co.jp/english/index.html

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