Canadian student wins Bentley Education’s Digital Twin Design Challenge

The Pebble: A Three-Tower Zero-Emission Apartment Complex project, by Canadian student Jakub Stacho, won the contest's top award.

Bentley Systems has announced The Pebble: A Three-Tower Zero-Emission Apartment Complex project, by Canadian student Jakub Stacho, among the winners of the  Bentley Education’s Digital Twin Design Challenge.

The contest invited students from age 12-25 years to combine their imagination and creativity and explore infrastructure digital twins, providing an opportunity to reimagine a real-world structure designed with the popular Minecraft video game and Bentley’s iTwin technology.

The contest awarded two prizes: a Judge’s Choice winner with a prize of USD $5,000 and a People’s Choice winner with a prize of USD $2,000. The second-place projects in each category received USD $1,000.

Katriona Lord-Levins, chief success officer, Bentley Systems, said, “We wanted to give students a firsthand experience exploring digital twin technology, and let them have some fun using Minecraft. We were amazed by the creativity the students demonstrated with their projects and by how incredibly thoughtful and detailed they were. Some of the projects addressed the problems and challenges that are important for the future of infrastructure. The talent displayed gives us a great deal of confidence that the future of infrastructure is in good hands. Our younger generations are thinking ahead about the challenges we will need to face to improve the world.”

The Canadian winner of the Digital Twin Design Challenge 2022:

Judges’ Choice Winner: Jakub Stacho, Canada

Project The Pebble: A Three-Tower Zero-Emission Apartment Complex. The proposed design is a new addition to the heart of Sydney, pushing the boundaries of modern architecture and providing residents with ample green space and great views. Jakub Stacho completed his undergrad in engineering at Simon Fraser University this year, and is continuing  his studies with a Master’s in physics.

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