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BIM triumphs at JCT student essay competition

Simplifying construction through building information modelling and lean thinking has formed the basis of the winning essay in this year’s JCT Student Essay Competition.

University of Wolverhampton student Angelica Salas won the 2014 competition with her essay, What could be done to simplify construction? Applying lean thinking and BIM in construction.

The judging panel, which included Construction News editor Rebecca Evans, was impressed that Ms Salas addressed the subject clearly and formed a cohesive argument.

They said: “What we liked best about this essay was the originality of the idea and the clear way it was expressed throughout, pulling elements of BIM and lean construction together in a well thought, cohesive way.

“It answered the topic head on and provided a practical and interesting solution.”

Two other essays were awarded runner up prizes: King’s College London student Richard Dunn for his essay, What could be done to simplify construction?, and Cambridge University student Martin West for, What could be done to simplify construction? A literal critique to a complex question.

The winners were selected from more than 100 entries, with Ms Salas winning £1,000 for her entry and both runner-up entries receiving a £250 prize.

The topic for this year’s competition, which ran from September 2013 to March 2014, was ‘What could be done to simplify construction?’ and was open to any student registered with a UK educational or professional institution studying a degree, professional qualification, vocational course, trade apprenticeship or other construction-related programme.

This year’s judging panel was made up of JCT chair Peter Hibberd, CEM course leader Alan Jones, CITB-Construction Skills director of policy and strategic planning Stephen Radley, 3 Paper Buildings barrister and arbitrator Tony Bingham and Construction News editor Rebecca Evans.

The winning entries can be read online.

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