IIT-Madras to set up Trimble Tech lab for architecture, engineering and construction

CHENNAI: Indian Institute of Technology – Madras (IIT-M) will partner with Trimble, a US-based company known for developing GPS receivers and specialising in various fields including transportation, telecommunications and construction, to establish a state-of-the-art Trimble Technology Lab for architecture, engineering and construction.
The lab will expand the institute’s leadership in training and research in 3D building design, digital fabrication and sustainable built environment. The lab has come as a gift from Trimble that enables IIT-M to integrate the company’s solutions across its curricula that are rapidly transforming how building and living environments are designed and constructed.

Students from department of civil engineering will be able to experience the solutions developed by the US-based company which has a variety of applications including scanning of historic buildings for preservation, design and 3D printing of architectural building models, digital fabrication of custom-lab equipment to monitoring coastal erosion and implementing construction cost estimating and scheduling to improve productivity and reduce costs.

“Partnering with one of the leading engineering institutes in India is exciting. It will be rewarding to see the next generation of architecture, engineering, construction and operations’ professionals use advanced construction lifecycle solutions to further their education and build careers,” said Roz Buick, vice- president, Trimble.

The lab will include a broad range of Trimble’s industry-leading software solutions such as RealWorks scanning software, Trimble Business Center, Vico Office Suite, GCEstimator Suite, Tekla Structures, Tekla Structural Designer, Tekla Tedds, Sefaira Architecture and its popular 3D modelling software, SketchUp Pro.

“We are very pleased to announce this state-of-the art technology lab through a gift from Trimble. Trimble’s software solutions are valuable throughout the construction lifecycle, from conceptual design to construction to operations and maintenance, and students will benefit by getting a hands-on experience of the cutting edge technology solutions,” said Ashwin Mahalingam, professor, civil engineering, IIT-Madras.

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