Trimble opens architecture and construction lab at Virginia Tech

Oct. 5, 2023
Lab will benefit students in architecture, building construction and construction engineering

Trimble has opened a new Trimble Technology Lab at Virginia Tech. The multidisciplinary lab sponsored by the university's School of Architecture and Myers-Lawson School of Construction will bring new technologies to Virginia Tech's students in architecture, building construction and construction engineering. 

"Through partnering with Trimble, we will be able to provide students with cutting-edge tools and training to ensure that they graduate at the technological forefront of their respective creative disciplines," said Lu Liu, dean of the College of Architecture, Arts, and Design. "While our faculty are regular users of Trimble products already, the company's support of our college will accelerate faculty research and creative engagement in industry through its robust support network and professional development opportunities."

Located in Burchard Hall, the new lab comes after years of collaboration between Virginia Tech and Trimble in various areas of research. Most recently, associate professor Abiola Akanmu of the  Myers-Lawson School of Construction published research on the utilization of mixed reality technologies for construction workers. 

"Over the years one of the challenges we have had is access to the state-of-the-art software and hardware that are used by industry practitioners," said Akanmu. "Partnering with Trimble helps us prepare students to excel and innovate in the construction industry."

"Virginia Tech faculty have been conducting innovative research for several years using Trimble technologies so this is an excellent university for our newest Trimble Technology Lab," said Amy Northcutt, director of education and outreach at Trimble. "Working with both the School of Architecture and the Myers-Lawson School of Construction will increase the number of students learning about Trimble technology and preparing to make a difference in the industries we serve. 

Source: Trimble

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