Trimble Technology Lab established at Florida International University to expand students’ access to XR technology

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April 5, 2021 – Trimble, a provider of hardware and software solutions (including augmented reality visualization solutions) for industry and enterprise, and Florida International University (FIU), have recently announced that they are collaborating to establish a Technology Lab in FIU’s Moss School of Construction, Infrastructure and Sustainability.

The aim of the partnership is to expand the university’s leadership and excellence in training and research in the realms of engineering, construction and the sustainable built environment. As a result, the ‘Trimble Technology Lab’ will help to expand the university’s access and expertise in project management, estimating, architectural modeling and design, structural analysis and design, Mechanical Electrical Plumbing (MEP) design, mixed reality and office-to-field solutions, according to Trimble.

The lab, which is housed in FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing (CEC), will offer students hands-on experience with a wide breadth of Trimble solutions and will help to facilitate the integration of innovative technology into the school’s curricula and research endeavors.

Allyson McDuffie, Director of Education & Outreach at Trimble, said: “Trimble’s education and outreach programs aim to support the next generation of construction professionals by ensuring key education institutions have access to Trimble’s portfolio of construction industry solutions throughout their education, creating a new workforce that’s truly equipped and empowered to ‘Transform the Way the World Works.'”

The lab will include a broad range of Trimble’s technologies such as the Trimble XR10 HoloLens with hardhat, Trimble SiteVision AR system, robotic total stations and field tablets. Advanced software solutions include RealWorks scanning software, Trimble Business Center, Tekla Structures, Tekla Model Sharing, Tekla Structural Design Suite, Trimble Connect, ProjectSight, TruEst, WinEst, SysQue, Vico Office Suite and the company’s 3D modeling software, SketchUp Pro.

“Our new Trimble Technology Lab provides our students with innovative technologies that allow them to create 3D building models and better understand how cost and project timelines are impacted when sequences related to materials and equipment are modified,” said Jose Faria, Endowed Chair of FIU’s Moss Department of Construction Management. “At FIU, we are also committed to construction safety, and Trimble offers us a combination of augmented reality with site monitoring technologies that help our students better minimize and understand hazards. The combination of superior curriculum, industry practice and innovative technologies is what will help us cultivate graduates that will become industry leaders.”

John Volakis, Dean of the FIU College of Engineering and Computing, commented: “In establishing this new lab, Trimble is helping our college ensure that our current and future students have access to the latest computer software and hardware in engineering and construction.” He added, “These assets will provide our students with the training needed to best prepare them to become future industry leaders.”

For more information on Trimble and its augmented reality solutions for the AEC industry, please visit the company’s website.

Image credit: Trimble

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