Trimble launches tech lab at Swinburne University

By Dominic Ellis
The Trimble Technology Lab will provide students at Swinburne University in Melbourne with hands-on experience

Trimble is launching a Technology Lab at Swinburne University of Technology's School of Engineering.

The collaboration aims to empower future leaders in the engineering and construction industry to adopt and advance sustainable practices and technologies. By providing access to Trimble technologies, students at the Melbourne facility will gain applicable technical skills to compete in civil and construction engineering.

The Trimble Technology Lab will provide students enrolled in the Department of Civil and Construction Engineering with hands-on experience with a wide breadth of Trimble solutions.

The lab will expand the university's access and expertise in construction management, constructible building information modeling, automated construction, mixed-reality applications, model-based estimating, building energy analysis, future urban mobility, and much more. 

"The relationship between Swinburne University of Technology and Trimble is the first of its kind in Australia," said Allyson McDuffie, director of Education & Outreach at Trimble. "Opening the Trimble Technology Lab on campus and incorporating Trimble's industry-leading technology into their curriculum and research propels students to use their design and engineering skills to address the complex challenges facing an ever-changing world."

"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," said professor Chris Pilgrim, Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Officer – Interim.

"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," said Professor Hussein Dia, Chair of the Department of Civil and Construction Engineering. "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."

The lab will include a broad range of Trimble's 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 modeling software, SketchUp Pro. 

Trimble's Connected Construction portfolio enables all professionals along the project lifecycle to accelerate project processes.

Last month Trimble formed a strategic partnership with Microsoft to advance technology adoption and accelerate the digital transformation of the construction, agriculture and transportation industries.

By leveraging the Microsoft cloud, Trimble and Microsoft will collaborate to develop, build and deliver industry cloud platforms and solutions that connect people, technology, tasks, data, processes and industry lifecycles (click here).

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