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How closely can you replicate The Shard or Sydney Opera House in Minecraft?


9th March 2015

That is the challenge the Chartered Institute of Building have set for this year’s International Construction Management Day on 9 March. The best entry will receive a brand new iPad Mini 16GB.

Saleem Akram director at the CIOB said; “There are more than 30 million people playing Minecraft worldwide. Many of them showcasing amazing digital construction skills by building highly detailed representations of some of the world’s iconic structures. Even more are creating new and exciting projects from their own imagination. The game has become so popular even town planners are using it to show their designs for public comment.” 

In the same way Olympic divers get a difficulty rating for the dive they attempt so the CIOB is applying a rating to five different projects.  Those who enter choose which project to build and try to replicate it. Do they go for a simpler option confident in their ability to build a close likeness or tackle high levels of complexity and risk accuracy? That is the question posed for this year’s entrants.

The projects to choose from are:-

  1. The Shard
  2. CCTV Tower
  3. The Petronas Towers
  4. Sydney Opera House
  5. The Houses of Parliament (Highest level of difficulty)


Open to those in and outside the industry there are only 100 spaces available in the competition. The best submissions will be promoted and shared throughout CIOB media. If you want to take part click here and enter the CIOB Minecraft server to claim your spot of land. You will have until 6 April 2015 to finish your entry when a panel of judges will decide upon a shortlist for the public to vote on.

International Construction Management Day was launched in 2010. It began as a partnership between the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) the International Project Management Association (IPMA) and the Construction Management Associations of America (CMAA), Japan (CMAJ), and Korea (CMAK).  It falls on the second Monday in March each year and celebrates the role construction management plays in securing healthy fulfilled populations.



Saul Townsend
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