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New research to improve construction technology

Trimble and Cambridge to collaborate on research in engineering and construction technology

Posted by Stephanie Broad | May 19, 2016 | Technology

Positioning technology provider Trimble is partnering with the University of Cambridge to collaborate on research to improve technology development in the engineering and construction industry. 

Trimble will work closely with the Laing O’Rourke Centre’s Construction Information Technology Laboratory (CIT). The state-of-the-art research facility aims to solve complex engineering problems and automate difficult construction tasks through decision support tools. These tools would recognise data patterns, retrieve useful information and generate knowledge of the built environment. 

The goal of the Trimble Sponsorship Programme is to enable research focused on advanced, accessible and intuitive technologies that can drive increased collaboration for the Design-Build-Operate (DBO) lifecycle of buildings and infrastructure. The programme will also support cutting-edge research in construction information technology. 

The initial focus of the collaboration is to enable world-class academic research that has the potential to achieve a significant impact across the construction industry as well as provide educational and professional development to encourage and champion construction information technology research in academia and industry. It will also focus on accelerating the advantages of Building Information Modeling (BIM). 

Bryn Fosburgh, sector vice president at Trimble, said: “The research interests between the University of Cambridge CIT Laboratory in the Laing O’Rourke Centre and Trimble are truly aligned. 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, added: “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 relationship 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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