Software, hardware and services technology company Trimble is collaborating with Swinburne to establish a state-of-the-art Technology Lab at Swinburne’s School of Engineering, building on a commitment to cultivate a highly-trained workforce that will drive the innovative solutions of tomorrow.
The lab will serve students in the Department of Civil and Construction Engineering.
The goal of the collaboration is to empower future leaders in the engineering and construction industry to adopt and advance sustainable practices and technologies. Through access to Trimble technologies, students at Swinburne will gain highly applicable technical skills.
In line with the Swinburne model where every student has access to Work Integrated Learning, the Trimble Technology Lab will give students hands-on experience with a wide breadth of Trimble solutions. It will expand Swinburne’s access and expertise in construction management, constructible building information modelling, automated construction, mixed-reality applications, model-based estimating, building energy analysis, future urban mobility, and much more.
‘Establishing the Trimble Technology Lab at Swinburne supports our vision of being the university where people and technology come together to build a better world. It is part of our commitment to curating rich learning experiences, responding to the evolving needs of our students and ensuring they are equipped to thrive in a digital, tech-rich future,’ says Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer – interim, Professor Chris Pilgrim.
‘We are delighted to collaborate with Trimble to launch this state-of-the-art digital engineering and innovations laboratory to support teaching and research activities in civil, construction and architectural engineering,’ says Chair of the Department of Civil and Construction Engineering. Professor Hussein Dia.
‘This will provide our students with important industry-based practical learning and technical skills that are crucial to their success in the workplace. It will give our students the opportunity to shape the direction of infrastructure design and be ready for engineering jobs of the future.’
Allyson McDuffie, Director of Education & Outreach at Trimble, says the relationship between Swinburne and Trimble is the first of its kind in Australia.
‘Opening the Trimble Technology Lab on campus and incorporating Trimble's industry-leading technology into Swinburne’s curriculum and research propels students to use their design and engineering skills to address the complex challenges facing an ever-changing world,’ Ms McDuffie says.
The lab will include a broad range of Trimble’s industry-leading technologies such as the Trimble® XR10 Hololens with hardhat and the Trimble SiteVision augmented reality system. Advanced software solutions include RealWorks® scanning software, Trimble Business Center, Tekla Structures, Tekla Structural Design Suite, Trimble Connect™ collaboration platform, Vico Office Suite and the company’s popular 3D modelling software, SketchUp Pro.
Trimble’s broad Connected Construction portfolio enables all professionals along the project lifecycle to accelerate project processes—improving productivity, quality, transparency, safety and sustainability, while reducing waste.