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Picture of newly graduated bachelor's student in civil engineering, Cecilie Erland, with equipment for the lab in her hands. The background is blue with drawings of roads, vehicles, lampposts and other transport infrastructure, and information about Trimble's solutions.

OsloMet gets digital top laboratory

The building and energy engineering students at OsloMet get a state-of-the-art digital laboratory within construction engineering, building technology and sustainable design.

The laboratory is a gift from the international software company Trimble, which offers Trimble Connected Construction, a large toolbox of professional software and hardware solutions in construction, which is used throughout the life cycle of a construction project.

The laboratory will strongly develop the use of digital applications at the Department of Civil Engineering and Energy Technology and give students practical experience with Trimble's solutions.

The solutions are used to plan and design roads, railways, buildings, water and sewage, and provide "mixed reality" in planning and building infrastructure.

Strengthens digital competence

The collaboration with Trimble enables OsloMet to integrate technological tools for the design and construction of buildings and living environments in a more comprehensive way.

‘Today, digital competence is very important for our students. With Trimble Lab, students at the Department of Civil Engineering and Energy Technology get access to cutting-edge technology and products in engineering and construction,’ says associate professor and head of studies Jian Dai.

‘We believe this will accelerate the integration of digital tools in our study programmes. The laboratory not only provides our students with better learning outcomes, but also competence to change and renew the industry in their future careers.

Valuable for new educational offerings

‘In addition, the laboratory is also a valuable resource to support the development of new educational offerings in smart mobility and urban analysis, and new specialization in infrastructure in our bachelor's and master's programs.’

‘Norway’s OsloMet is an outstanding new addition to our network of labs around the world. We are eager to play a significant role by enabling students and educators to enhance their engineering, building technology and design education with Trimble's advanced industry technologies,’ says Allyson McDuffie, Director of Education and Outreach at Trimble.

‘Our mission in transforming the way the world works requires that we invest in the next generation workforce, who will become the influencers and leaders of tomorrow.’

Make students competitive in the industry

Carl Christian Thodesen, dean of the Faculty of Technology, Art and Design, says that Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet) is thrilled about the new lab, which has been developed through a very good collaboration with Trimble.

‘This lab will provide our students access to state-of-the-art equipment and software, which will make them attractive and competitive in the modern engineering and construction industry,’ says Carl Christian Thodesen.

‘Working with Trimble in developing this facility is a testament to how the industry and academia can work together to develop skills and competence into a competitive and sustainable engineering industry, where top notch abilities and attitudes are a prerequisite.

A wide range of solutions

The lab will include a wide range of Trimble's solutions such as Trimble SiteVision, Robotic Total Stations and Rugged Tablets.

Advanced software solutions such as Quadri, Novapoint, Quantm, Tilos, Tekla Structures, Tekla Structural Designer, Tekla Tedds, Trimble Connect, and the company's popular 3D modeling software, SketchUp Pro and SketchUp Studio are also included.

About Trimble

Trimble delivers products and services that connect the physical and digital worlds.

Trimble's core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analysis aim to improve productivity, quality, security and sustainability.

From purpose-built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble's software, hardware and services are helping to change a wide range of industries, such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation.

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The picture above: Newly graduated bachelor's student in civil engineering, Cecilie Erland, has a summer job at Trimble, and now she is showing off the new laboratory at OsloMet. Photo: Olav-Johan Øye, OsloMet.

Published: 24/06/2021 | Olav-Johan Øye