US: Trimble is partnering with the University of Cambridge to collaborate on research to advance technology development in the engineering and construction industry. Trimble will work closely with the Laing O’Rourke Centre’s Construction Information Technology Laboratory (CIT). CIT is a state-of-the-art research facility with a mission to solve complex engineering problems and automate difficult construction tasks through decision support tools.
These tools would recognize data patterns, retrieve useful information and generate knowledge of the built environment. The construction industry is highly information-intensive and requires extensive data and information exchange during the construction process between project stakeholders. To enhance competitiveness and efficiency, engineering and construction companies are adopting new forms of information technology to improve productivity, scheduling, quality and costs of a project.
The goal of the Trimble Sponsorship Program 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 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,” said Professor Campbell Middleton, head of the Laing O’Rourke Centre at the University of Cambridge.
“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.”