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Sustainable 'Fog Catcher' Design is Finalist in Bentley 'Be Inspired' 2010 Awards

Thursday 30th September 2010

The Namibian Hydrological Centre of Excellence, designed by Atlas’ Director of Architecture, Matt Parkes, has been short listed for the Bentley ‘Be Inspired’ Awards 2010. Based on the water collection techniques of the Namibian Desert Beetle, this innovative theoretical design, also referred to as ‘The Fog Catcher’, explores sustainable development and water use in West Africa. 

Matt will attend the finalists’ event in Holland on the 19th October, taking the opportunity to share with a selection of the world’s leading AEC professionals some of the trends emerging in the use of BIM in the AEC industry globally. His presentation will explore the challenges that architects and engineers face meeting the growing social, environmental, economic and political demands for sustainable buildings, and how advanced technologies such as Bentley products can allow a more holistic approach amongst design professionals.

Having carried out the design research project nearly 10 years for his Masters degree, Matt recently tasked the Atlas MicroStation team to start exploring ways of modeling the scheme in CAD in order to begin to develop the design further and test for construction methodologies, and quantities of materials. In addition it allowed the Atlas Microstation team to develop new modeling techniques which allow Atlas to provide better services to clients.

‘Be Inspired’ is Bentley’s premier thought leadership invite-only event, showcasing world class innovative design, with interactive roundtable discussions on the topics which are driving the business and design of infrastructure, as well as forums for small group interaction between top users such as Atlas and Bentley’s senior management. 

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