“Obayashi Challenge” – Seed Selection 2018

Obayashi Challenge – Seed Selection 2018

Obayashi Corporation is holding an annual event called Seed Selection 2018 in order to look for companies and institutes to collaborate. Obayashi will provide opportunities to access actual operation sites and data with fund to boost your business. The detail is in Call For Proposal. This is the second Obayashi Challenge. To know Obayashi Challenge 2018, please visit this site.

Technical Topic Area

Obayashi Corporation looks for companies and institutes holding following technologies to transform construction industry.

    1. BIM Based On/Off-Site Auto Manufacturing System
      (B2OSAMS) to achieve High Productivity Method

      The major target of ultimate high productivity is to shorten the duration
      from schematic design to building completion. B2OSAMS may refer to
      the system which can transfer “information (Cyber)” to “physical,”
      along with the concept of Digital Twin. Module construction,
      automated fabrication system, and 3D Printing devices are primary
      candidate fields to realize this concept. For instance, when a client and
      an architect select a land, B2OSAMS may automatically generate BIM
      model with multiple options. After the selection and permission
      process, the evaluated BIM model can be transferred to materialized via
      BIM based on/off-site manufacturing devices.
    2. Space utilization technology
      In addition to the space elevator project which is already under working,
      Obayashi Co looks for the space development related areas that the construction
      company’s technology and know-how can be applied and used, such as lunar
      planet exploration and constructing facilities on the moon. To make any proposal
      on utilizing the technology of construction companies in the space field and
      utilizing space related technology for research and development of the
      construction would be highly welcome.
    3. Energy Efficiency 2.0
      We have kept researching on the realization of hydrogen society and efficiently
      utilize unused energy including natural energy. The key technologies are how
      to generate, store, transfer and supply the energy efficiently and effectively.
      The urban area would show high demand to use the energy which may bring
      several constraints and challenges. The proposed idea may show the solution
      for this type of problems and needs.
    4. Smart City and Re-design the city for Mobility society
      The rapidly developing autonomous vehicle technologies such as CASE and Maas have had a large potential to change the way of infrastructure, area design,
      urban planning and building completely. The proposed idea may show a solution
      of what kind of technology and design system can be applied.


Event Schedule


Time Due Date or
Date Due

Kickoff Event

3:00 PM PDT*

Aug 29th, 2018

Applications Due

11:59 PM PDT*

Nov. 15th, 2018

Invitation for Oral Pitches


Nov. 20th, 2018

Oral Pitch

8:30 AM PST*

Dec. 4th, 2018

Notification of Application
Evaluation Results


Jan. 31st, 2019

Closing Date 11:59 PM PST*

Mar. 31st, 2019

※ Pacific Daylight Time(PDT), Pacific Standard Time (PST)
※ Applicants can submit their application multiple times right after the kickoff meeting until due date of submit. Applicants can start discussing about needs and pains with Obayashi team members even though earlier than the due date.

Location for Oral Pitch

Oral pitch is planned to hold on Dec. 4th Tuesday, 2018 at Obayashi SVVL collaboration office.

951 Industrial Rd. Suite C, San Carlos, CA, 94070

How to Apply

  1. Register your company and contact person’s name from registration page ( not mandatory)
  2. Read call for proposal carefully to understand well.
  3. Create your presentation following requirement in Call For Proposal.
  4. Email your proposal to Dr. Tsuchiya <tsuchiya.takashi@obayashi.co.jp> by 11:59 PM PDT Nov. 15th, 2018.
  5. You will receive a confirmation mail in a day.
  6. If you are selected for oral pitch, you will get an invitation mail by the end of  Nov. 20th, 2018.

Call for Proposal

To refine your proposal, please read Call For Proposal carefully.


If you have any contractual or technical inquiries to this solicitation, please email to Dr. Takashi Tsuchiya <tsuchiya.takashi@obayashi.co.jp>. Emails submitting questions are to include “Q about Obayashi Challenge ” in the subject line. Questions will only be accepted and answered electronically.