Edinburgh Napier to establish new technology lab

EDINBURGH Napier University has been granted equipment and software by California-based Trimble to establish a new technology lab for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC).

The university said the lab will expand its leadership in training and research in 3D building design, digital fabrication and the sustainable built environment.

The Trimble Technology Lab will provide students with hands-on experience with Trimble solutions. Applications range from scanning buildings or sites, design and 3D printing of architectural building models and digital fabrication through to implementing construction cost estimating and scheduling to improve productivity and reduce costs.

Allyson McDuffie, director of education & outreach at Trimble said, “We’re extremely excited to be establishing a state-of-the art Trimble Technology Lab in collaboration with Edinburgh Napier.Our mission in transforming the AEC industry requires that we invest in aspiring designers, architects, contractors, engineers and project management professionals by driving awareness of, and access to, industry-leading solutions for training and research.”

Prior to the Trimble Technology Lab being installed at the University’s Merchiston campus for the 2020/21 academic year, a pilot laboratory for student use will be launched at the university’s facility at the 7 Hills Business Park at Sighthill.

Professor Andrea Nolan, principal and vice-chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University commented, “We are proud to be joining forces with Trimble to create the first dedicated Trimble Technology Laboratory in Scotland. This generous gift means students and researchers across Edinburgh Napier University will have access to technologies broadening our applications of surveying, 3D building modelling, performance analysis and digitally empowered delivery for the built environment in new and exciting ways.

“Our next generation of architectural technology, engineering, sustainable construction and surveying professionals at Edinburgh Napier will be able to experience and apply cutting-edge solutions to real-world built environment problems thanks to Trimble’s pioneering support.”

Professor Robert Hairstans, head of Edinburgh Napier’s Centre for Offsite Construction and Innovative Structures added, “The new Trimble Technology Lab will prepare the next generation of engineering and construction leaders to be bold and better in addressing the industry’s 21st century challenges of harnessing technological innovation, increasing productivity and decarbonising the built environment.”