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29 November 2015
The competition required participants to use Autodesk Revit, one of Autodesk's leading BIM tool.
BIM or Building Information Modelling is the future of making building in a more efficient and cost effective manner where prior to the actual construction one can design a building, explore various design features in terms of energy, cost, sustainability and system integration of the building.
This competition was first held at a state-level where students from deemed Universities could participate, Bismillah participated from Uttar Pradesh state, under RICS SBE Amity University.
In the first round of competition, he secured first position and brought pride to the school by designing a library in complete BIM environment. He used passive design features in order to minimize the use of energy and reduce cost. 'Sloping roof', 'overhang' and 'skylight for daylighting' were some of the key features of his design. His design was also commendably good from the structural, plumbing and HVAC perspective.
The second round of competition was at the national level and was held in Dayanand Sagar University in Bengaluru where the winning teams from each state came and presented their designs to the expert jury. In the last round after presenting the library design to the expert jury, Bismillah secured a second position at national level and hence received gold medal and cash prizes.
The news story was circulated in Afghanistan, even the president of Afghanistan Excellency Ashraf Ghani personally called him and congratulated him. He was even invited to the embassy of Afghanistan in New Delhi where the deputy foreign minister of Afghanistan awarded him a letter of appreciation and also promised a scholarship for his last semester.
On being asked as to how he feels about it Bismillah said, "I had challenges in terms of having a lot academic work here in my institute and I had a slow system to run heavy software for testing but finally I overcame the obstacles. Overall, I would say participation was a learning opportunity for me, thanks to the RICS SBE brilliant faculty and management for training their students to the level that catapults them to national level.”