Call for Participation in the Worldwide Engineering Case Competition

Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University) invites teams of engineering students to participate in the Worldwide Engineering Case Competition and to submit application forms

In this engineering case you will discover the main concepts of H-Bahn transport technology which is used to create automatic above ground urban and suburban transport systems. The development of H-Bahn transport system in the Moscow region (Russia) was initiated in 2014. The project is supposed to significantly improve the transport infrastructure in Moscow region.

There are many challenging problems that go with the development of models and prototypes of the H-Bahn transport control system. One of them which is related to the traffic modelling, we decided to share with you. The case is specially designed to improve creative and critical thinking, engineering reasoning and problem-solving in the context of Conceiving . Designing . Implementing . Operating (CDIO INITIATIVE) real-world systems and products.

To participate in the case competition you should find your Dream Team which is supposed to be formed by 3 students. If you are looking for team members, just fill the registration form and we will help you to create your own team.

Recognition and Awards

  • Each member of three teams who provide the best solutions will be rewarded with a SAMSUNG tablet
  • Two best teams will be rewarded with a month scholarship at Moscow Institute of Physics and technology and Skolkovo with a grant of $1000 and free accommodation on campus
  • The winning team will be rewarded with a contract for remote working on the project for three months in the "GMK Innovations" LLC company with a grant of $1000/month (the team has to score at least 70 out of 100 points for their solution)



The reasons to participate

Real engineering problem

This is a unique opportunity to gain experience of working on a project which constitutes a solution for a real demand of society


Three teams which succeed in the Case Competition will be rewarded with valuable prizes and paid traineeships in the project

International Teamwork

This type of work helps to acquire skills beyond pure technical knowledge, such as communication, coordination and cohesion

Important dates

March 1- December 1, 2015

  • March 1 - March 23, 2015


    Teams of engineering students are invited to participate in the Worldwide Engineering Case Competition and to submit application forms. The full case will be released by March 23

  • March 24 - May 25, 2015

    Main round

    Teams are working to design the best solution to the problem. All solutions should be provided to a jury by May 25

  • May 26 - June 15, 2015


    All solutions will be reviewed by the Case Competition Committee. During the assessment process all teams will receive feedback from the best international experts

  • June 15- June 22, 2015


    Preliminary results of the Case Competition will be announced during the 11th International CDIO Conference on June 08-11, 2015. Prizes and diplomas will be awarded by June 22

  • August 1 - December 1, 2015


    Two teams which will provide best solutions will be offered to paid one-month traineeships in Moscow at MIPT and Skolkovo. After the traineeship one winning team will proceed with remote working on the project for three months in the "GMK Innovations" LLC company. The particular dates are agreed with teams

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H-Bahn technology

Brief overview


The H-bahn is a suspended monorail transport system. The vehicles of the H-Bahn operate automatically without a driver. Even in the stations, no staff is needed. H-Bahn technology was developed and tested for the first time in Germany. Two installations exist, one at the Dortmund university campus, the other at the Düsseldorf International Airport. As a result of the new convenient connection between the railway station and the terminals of the Düsseldorf International Airport the amount of automobile traffic to the airport was drastically reduced.

On the city streets fully automated H-Bahn transport system can successfully compete with metro in new transport projects (at a much lower cost). It is an entirely new mode of transport for Russia. Nevertheless, it has broad prospects for implementation in our country.

For more details please follow the link: H-Bahn on Wikipedia



General overview. Full case will be released by March 23

Partners & Contributors

The support of companies and organizations is integral to the success of the case competition

The CDIO™ INITIATIVE is an innovative educational framework for producing the next generation of engineers. The framework provides students with an education emphasizing engineering fundamentals set in the context of Conceiving — Designing — Implementing — Operating (CDIO) real-world systems and products. Throughout the world, CDIO Initiative collaborators have adopted CDIO as the framework for their curricular planning and outcome-based assessment.

The CDIO Initiative was developed with input from academics, industry, engineers, and students and was specifically designed as a template that can be adapted and adopted by any university engineering school. Because CDIO is an open architecture model, it is available to all university engineering programs to adapt to their specific needs and it is being adopted by a growing number of engineering educational institutions around the world.

The CDIO Initiative consists of 115 schools around the world organized into 7 regions: Europe, North America, Asia, UK-Ireland, Latin America, Austral, New Zealand and Africa.

CDIO Web Site

Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology is one of the world’s most prestigious educational and research institutes and a leading Russian technical university. Ever since its foundation in 1951, MIPT has been at the forefront of Russian science and technology and ranks joint first in the country for Physical Science by the World University Ranking.

MIPT has a very rich history. Its founders included academicians Pyotr Kapitsa, Nikolay Semenov and Sergey Khristianovich. Its first professors were Nobel Prize winners Kapitsa, Semenov and Lev Landau, and its first rector was Ivan Petrov. Many MIPT professors are leading Russian scientists, including over 80 members of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Among MIPT alumni are Nobel laureates and founders of high-technology companies, investors and engineers, politicians and scientists. All MIPT students and alumni proudly call themselves ‘phystechs’, and the university itself is informally known by the same name – PhysTech.

MIPT Web Site

The MORTON Group of Companies is the leading Russian developer with 20 years of proven experience. The Company specializes in constructing large-scale residential districts in and around Moscow.

In recent years, Morton has consistently been one of the three largest Russian companies in terms of construction volume. In 2013, the Company set a record by constructing 1,020,000 m2 of residential space in the Moscow metropolitan area, a 27% increase over the Company’s construction volume in 2012. The Company’s revenue exceeded 51.1 billion rubles in 2013. At the beginning of 2014, Morton’s current project portfolio includes over 7,500,000 m2 of residential space and 36 facilities. One out of every four new apartments sold on the Moscow construction market today is built by Morton. Morton is within the top one-hundred on the Forbes 200 list of privately-held companies in Russia, and boasts one of the leading growth rates among all Russian companies which do not list their shares on the stock market.

Morton is extensively involved in implementing joint projects with leading Western European companies in technologically advanced construction. The Company integrates the latest global developments in energy efficiency and conservation for housing and office buildings, and utilizes advanced construction materials and utility systems for large residential areas.

The MORTON Group Web Site

Innovative company “GMK Innovations” was founded in 2012. In cooperation with MIPT researches the company initiated the ‘Development of software and hardware platform for the digital modelling of smart industrial complexes an intellectual control systems’ project which was positively acclaimed by international expertise and received the Resident status at Innovative Center Skolkovo (www.sk.ru). The project’s main partners are IBM, Honeywell and ABB.

In 2014 a large-scale international project to design and implement the test sector for H-Bahn transport control system was set up in cooperation with the MORTON Group of Companies, MIPT, NIIAC and FORATEC-AT.

CEO: Yuri Vasiliev. Scientific consultant: Nikolai Kuznetsov, Academician, Head of MIPT Department, The Russian Federation Government award winner.

Main partners: MIPT, IBM, Honywell, University of California, Berkeley - BWTC, Rostelecom, the MORTON Group of Companies and the Foratec Group of Companies.

GMK Innovations LLC Web Site