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Engineering PhD students win top prizes in international competition

Engineering PhD students win top prizes in international competition

From left, Ruodan Lu, Eva Agapaki, Dr Ioannis Brilakis, and Bella Nguyen.

Four engineering PhD students have won a series of prizes in recognition of their innovative ideas.

The Cambridge team stormed this competition by managing to present high impact, interdisciplinary and complex fundamental research in a way that both expert practitioners and academics of other fields can appreciate.

Dr Ioannis Brilakis, PhD supervisor

Each of them submitted papers in the field of building information modeling (BIM) to the Innovation Competition of the Lean and Computing in Construction Congress (LC3) recently. The Construction Innovation Competition took place in Greece and the Cambridge students won first and second prize.

Eva Agapaki and Ioannis Anagnostopoulos won first prize with their ‘Automation of Scan-to-BIM process of industrial facilities’ paper, as did Ruodan Lu with her paper titled ‘Automatic as-is Bridge Information Modelling System’. The prize included an award of €1,500.

Meanwhile, Bella Nguyen won second prize with her ‘Autonomous Machine Vision Bridge and Tunnel Strike Prevention System’ paper and she received €750.

Dr Ioannis Brilakis, Laing O’Rourke Reader in Construction Engineering, who supervised the PhD students, said: “The Cambridge team stormed this competition by managing to present high impact, interdisciplinary and complex fundamental research in a way that both expert practitioners and academics of other fields can appreciate.

“Their demos/props and videos made such an impression, that the audience was left with little doubt as to what the competition outcome would be.”

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