California based technology firm Trimble has announced that it is partnering with the University of Cambridge on research in the engineering and construction industries. The company will work closely with the Laing O’Rourke Centre’s Construction Information Technology Laboratory. Trimble’s contribution will include a sponsorship programme which will focus initially on:
- research to potentially improve safety, reduce costs and increase predictability and operational efficiency across the construction sector;
- providing educational and professional development to encourage and champion construction information technology research in academia and industry;
- accelerating the advantages of building information modelling and the use of computer vision and augmented reality technologies to simplify many common construction problems in practical applications.
“The research interests between the University of Cambridge Construction Information Technology Laboratory in the Laing O’Rourke Centre and Trimble are truly aligned,” said Bryn Fosburgh, sector vice president at Trimble. “Working closely with the research teams at Cambridge, our goal is to foster innovation and enable academic research in information technologies that can affect and transform the way the industry designs, builds and operates buildings and infrastructure.”
Professor Campbell Middleton, Head of the Laing O’Rourke Centre at the University of Cambridge said, “The construction sector is undergoing rapid transformation as a result of the revolution in digital engineering. Cambridge University has a wide portfolio of research projects which aim to solve problems in the construction sector. This exciting new partnership with Trimble will enable us to work together to push forward our agenda to develop new, transformative tools and technologies to deliver a much safer and more productive construction industry and help build the infrastructure on which the well-being of society depends.”
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