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Reach into cyberspace

New media dominated the prizelist of the Oasys Awards 2000, which were presented at the RIBA on Monday to students and recent graduates in engineering and architecture.

NCE and sister magazine The Architects' Journal sponsor six £500 cash prizes for the awards, which are organised by engineering software company Oasys to challenge young construction professionals to use computers as a means of communicating design ideas. Substantial cash and software prizes are also sponsored for the awards by Exitech, Autodesk, Anders Elite and Arup.

Static images and graphic output presented on panels have netted most of the Oasys Awards in the previous nine years of the competition.

Videos competed in a separate category.

Last year a change was made to allow video and website or other computer presentations to compete directly with panels in six categories: the Engineer's Story - for graduates and, separately, for students; the Architect's Story - for graduates and, separately, for students; and for Best Engineering and Best Architectural entries, which were judged from all the graduate and student submissions.

This year four of these six awards went to videos or websites, all of which demonstrated a highly professional grasp of new media. The computer generated Picture categories for graduates and students attracted some excellent entries and produced superb winners.

Identities of the entrants, their universities and/or employers were kept a tightly guarded secret from the judges until they had made their choice.

The criteria were: picture story; word story; visual impact; appropriate use of IT and clarity of message.

The judges were: Julia Barfield, Marks Barfield; Paul Finch, publishing director The Architects' Journal; Ian Liddell, Buro Happold and Mike Winney, editor emeritus NCE.

Premier, and Architect's Story Graduate winner, Sam Brady's video conveys the essentials of an automated parcel handling hub for courier DHL with a superbly integrated mix of animated graphics and sound track. University of Sheffield.

The video 'E-experience: a design solution for shopping on-line' won Ross Cunningham the Best Architectural entry.

Stills cannot begin to convey this brilliantly professional roller coaster ride through the optic nerves of the internet.

University of Nottingham.

The A1 montage by Tim Lucas won the Best Engineering entry with an explicit and highly pictorial dissection showing off a structural timber design for an 'Apartmenthaus St Moritz Switzerland'. Arup.

Graduate Architect's Story second prize went to Ralph Parker for his video charting the blooming of the post industrial landscape in the Upper Don Valley with vegetation and treetop apartments which rotate to catch the sun like traditional summer houses. University of Sheffield.

Denys Nagornyy won a commendation for his Student Engineer's Story video 'Wings', animating the operation of a moving bridge. South Bank University.

Tim Lucas and Helen Rogers scooped the Graduate Engineer's Story with a fine montage panel of their design for a slender composite footbridge at Coalbrookdale.

Arup/Price Myers.

Jason Ahmed's image which he describes as 'Rebirth - an experimental model of a future penthouse gene therapy facility' won the Student Picture competition. University of Westminster.

Neil Hamill won first place in the Graduate Picture competition with 'Serenity' in which he set about, and succeded in, simulating 'the majestic atmosphere of a traditional Gothic cathedral'.

Buro Happold Engineers.

A well configured and easily navigable website demonstrating the design process won the Architect's Story for students Christina Goh, Sarah Jayne Patterson, Kieran Porter and Vajira Premadasa. University of Strathclyde.

Winners

Best Engineering entry Tim Lucas, Arup, A1 montage

The Engineer's Story - Graduate 1st Tim Lucas/Helen Rogers, Arup/Price Myers, A2 montage 2nd Tim Lucas, Arup, A2 montage

The Engineer's Story - Student Commended: Denys Nagornyy, South Bank University, video Best Architectural entry Ross Cunningham, University of Nottingham, video

The Architect's Story - Graduate 1st Sam Brady, University of Sheffield, video 2nd Ralph Parker, University of Sheffield, video 3rd Loo Chong Wong, De Montfort University, website 4th Zainal Mohamad, University of Sheffield, A1 montage

The Architect's Story - Student 1st Panda Group, University of Strathclyde, website 2nd Paul Priest, University of Luton, A1 montage 3rd Nigel Bedford, University of Bath, video

The Picture - Graduate 1st Neil Hamill, Buro Happold Engineers, A3 panel 2nd Patrick Teuffel, University of Stuttgart, A1 panel 3rd Andrew Dearman, De Montfort University, A2 panel 4th Killian Doherty, University of Strathclyde, A3 panel

The Picture - Student 1st Jason Ahmed, University of Westminster, A1 panel 2nd Andrew Capewell, Manchester School of Architecture, A3 panel 3rd Timothy Ingleby/Nicholas Langstaff, University of Nottingham, A1 panel 4th Pablo Miranda-Carranza, University of East London, A2 panel

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