First Student Competition ends on a high!


Students from Architecture, Urban Studies, Construction Management, AE (Building Services), Structural Engineering with Architecture and Civil Engineering from The University of Edinburgh (UofE) and Heriot Watt University (HW) were sub-divided into nine multi-disciplinary teams and challenged to compete against the clock on five fictional tasks which simulated the design and construction process on a ‘real’ site.

The ‘real’ site for the basis of this competition was Holyrood Student Accommodation (North), generously offered by TeamBuild site partners, Balfour Beatty and the University of Edinburgh. It offers an excellent insight into a project procured, delivered and operated using BIM: a masterclass in cutting- edge collaborative methods for ambitious young students preparing for a career in the construction industry.

The event included a site visit and tour by Balfour Beatty.

The two day event tested students collaboration and communication skills to the limit and enabled students to get essential feedback on the delivery and presentation of theses tasks from eminent judges who represent industry institutions including CIBSE, CIOB, ICE, IStructE, RIAS, GIA, RICS.

The objectives of TeamBuild focus on developing skills in leadership, communication and coordination beyond the sum of the individual’s skill. It helps identify the way teams must work together in the construction industry by challenging them with scenarios common to construction projects across the UK.

Overall Winners of this years ILW 2014: TeamBuild Competition were Team 8 Ball. They impressed the judges with their consistent teamwork, professional presentations, and innovative approaches to collaboration.

Team members included:  Alvin Seng Chun Tan (Urban Studies/ HW), April Lachlan (Construction Management/ HW), Mihnea-Codrin Florescu (Civil Engineer at UofE), Rebecca Goodson (Architecture/ UofE) and Scott Brady (AE Building Services/ HW).

The Judges Prize was awarded to Team 9 Belvedere Consultancy.

This event was part of the University of Edinburgh’s ‘Innovative Learning Week’ and is co-funded by UoE ILW budget and the Commercial Education Trust.

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