Overview of
The 5th Cloud Programming World Cup
& The 7th Virtual Design World Cup

We have decided to host CPWC & VDWC this year too. With the catchphrase "Your way of thinking is a path to undiscovered treasure", we are expecting works with full of fresh ideas for CPWC. This year's theme of VDWC "Yangon -Aiming for an ideal and sustainable Asian city" is overseas as with last year's theme Australia.

Cloud Programming World Cup / Virtual Design World Cup Common Overview

Qualification for applicant
All the team members involved should be either students or working students.

Application term / Schedule
Registration Period : Mon. April 3 - Wed. June 21, 2017
1st round
presentation / review
: Wed. July 19, 2017
Project Submission Period : Fri. September 29 - Wed. October 4, 2017 Japan Time
Judging Period : Sun. October 8 - Wed. October 11, 2017
Nominate Announcement : Fri. October 13, 2017

Results Announcement and Award Ceremony
Venue : Shinagawa Intercity Hall Date : Thu. November 16, 2017
*Travelling and accommodation fee are provided for the selected teams for nominated works. Up to 3 members from the area other than Kanto area and 2 member from overseas in each team are scheduled to be invited.

1. All contents of the awarded VR data is the copyright of each applicants.
2. The submitted VR data will not be distributed, but FORUM8 has a right to use the data and works, edit and reproduce the images and videos etc. and post or introduce it on website, magazines, books, newspaper etc. as a sales activity or an advertisement as a secondary user of VR data.

The 5th Cloud Programming World Cup Overview

Guideline for applicants
The objective of the competition is to develop software that can run on VR-Cloud® using UC-win/Road SDK (Software Development Kit) and VR-Cloud® SDK.
This software could be: all-purpose software, application programs, engineering software, business software or game software.

[Available Software / Free License Duration]
Applicants can rent the available software licenses and can participate in the training seminars (including paid seminar) of the available products held by FORUM8 with prior registration.

[Intended Products]
-UC-win/Road  -UC-win/Road SDK  -VR-Cloud®  -VR-Cloud®SDK  -a3s(Anything as a Service) SDK

[Judging Standard]
- The objective of the competition is to develop software that can run on VR-Cloud® using UC-win/Road SDK (Software Development Kit) and VR-Cloud® SDK.
- Entries are limited to the unpublished work
- Deliberates (work and data) will be judged mainly with the idea of the evaluation of as soft, but also how to write source will be considered.

[Judging Committee]
Assoc. Prof. Tomohiro Fukuda (Head of judges / associate professor from the Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University)
Prof. Emeritus Makoto Sato (Professor Emeritus of Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Assoc. Prof. Taro Narahara (Associate professor of the College of Architectural Design, New Jersey Institute of Technology)
Mr. Yoann Pencreach (Chief Manager of VR development group, FORUM8)

World cup prize(Highest Award) : 1 (Award 300,000 yen)     Judge's Special prize: 3-4 (Award 50,000 yen)

For Inquiries
FORUM8 Co., Ltd. Tokyo head office PIC of CPWC
・TEL.:03-6894-1888   ・E-mail:cpwc@forum8.co.jp   ・URL: http://cpwc.forum8.co.jp/English/

Virtual Design World Cup
The 7th Students BIM & VR Design Contest on Cloud Overview

Guideline for applicants
Theme2017: "Yangon -Aiming for an ideal and sustainable Asian city"

[Available Software / Free License Duration]
Applicants can rent the available software licenses and can participate in the training seminars (including paid seminar) of the available products held by FORUM8 with prior registration.

[Intended Products]
UC-win/Road (including Tsunami, Debris-Avalanche, Point Cloud / As-built drawing management plug-ins)
UC-1 Series (Bridge pier design, Bridge abutment design, 3D bar arrangement CAD others)
UC-1 for SaaS (UC-1 cloud version, RC section, FRAME others) (Japanese only)
Super Computer Cloud®, Allplan, Engineer's Studio®, EXODUS/SMARTFIRE, Wind and Heat Movement Analysis Support Service
Municipality Solution, Parking Solution, VR City Planning System

[Judging Standard]
The use UC-win/Road is mandatory for the creation of the work. In addition, contestants must use at least one more FORUM8 software/solution to create their work of art, which must have the element of the BIM/CIM and VR and the capability of being used in these disciplines. Entries are limited to the unpublished work.

[Judging Committee]
Prof. Yasushi Ikeda (Chief of executive committee of VDWC / Prof. of Graduate School of Keio University /
Representative of IKDS)
Mr. Yoshihisa Hanamura (Director of NPO Civil Machizukuri Station /
Director and Chairman of Civil NPO Collaboration Platform)
Assoc. Prof. Kostas Terzidis (Associate professor of Harvard University, USA)
Mr. C. DAVID TSENG (National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)

World cup prize(Highest Award) : 1 (Award 300,000 yen)
Excellent prize: 2 (Award 100,000 yen)
Judge's special prize: About 4 (Award 50,000 yen)

For Inquiries
FORUM8 Co., Ltd. Tokyo head office PIC of VDWC
・TEL.:03-6894-1888   ・E-mail:bim@forum8.co.jp   ・URL: http://vdwc.forum8.co.jp/English/

■VDWC Details of the theme and the target site

Since 2011 when democratic transition began following the official dissolution of military dictatorship and the release of economic sanction from the West, Myanmar has been making significant changes. Yangon, though stripped of its "capital city" status in 2006 for Naypyidaw to take over, still reigns as Myanmar's economic capital with the country's biggest population at 7,360,000, promises a high economic growth rate as "Asia's last frontier", and rapid increase in the number of road vehicles and cell phone carriers now close to the entire population marks the beginning of the city's ascent to economic stardom. However, many issues are arising as by-products of exponential economic development that the country has not been able to clean up.

The first is traffic problem. It goes without saying that congestion and road conditions are becoming worse every year and lack of awareness for traffic rules such as traffic lights and pedestrian's right of way to cross a street makes the situation even worse, causing an increase in traffic accident fatalities, a serious concern. Parallel parking seen all too often on roads of Yangon where there are limited number of parking lots in buildings, and the fact that the country still follows right-hand traffic even though more than 90% of cars in the country now are used cars from Japan with steering wheel placed on the right side are causing traffic problem in the first place.

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The second problem is in disaster management. Situated in the delta region, Yangon is subjected to frequent flood during rainy season, consequently causing health issues, and this is due in no small part to the lack of drainage systems that we should see more of given the speed of infrastructure development apparent in the city today. The third problem is lack of electricity. As in the case of flood drainage systems, the demand for power too now far outweighs its supply causing power outages almost every day. This unstable power supply is obviously hindering economic activities, and is standing between the city and economic stardom.

All these issues originate from the abrupt change in the society. But if we look on the bright side, slow economic growth before democracy due to suppression of Yangon's economic activities has contributed to the preservation of much of its environment and ecosystems including rich forests and lakes, and historic architectures built during colonial period, when it earned its name "the garden city". If these resources are secured and used intelligently in urban development, the city will become one of the most attractive cities in Asia. More importantly, the good nature of people in a relatively peaceful Myanmar with a vibrant mix of many different ethnic groups, among them those with strong Buddhist virtues, will no doubt become the driving force of urban development.

The target site of this year's VDWC comprises important urban elements such as heavily congested arterial roads, downtown area that flourished in the colonial period, central station, parks, and lakes. This region is typically the area within Yangon where the above-mentioned issues and potential for exponential growth co-exist and are most apparent. Comprehensive and practical design solutions for these complex issues that drive unprecedented growth of Yangon must be effectively simulated and persuasively presented with innovative VR and simulation technology.

Needless to say, these issues are never neglected in reality as master plan for changes led by the government is being updated and released every now and then. For instance, a height restriction on buildings and infrastructures to keep the clear view of Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar respected by many reverent Buddhist disciples in the city, must be considered for the citizens. A proposal that effectively incorporates these considerations in the existing master plan, and demonstrates the kind of urban development feasible by the Yangon especially because it’s "Asia's last frontier" with a potential of turning the city into a sustainable model Asian city by making most use of different types of provided software using methodologies supported by data, are expected.

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