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Edinburgh Napier University to Open New Technology Lab

Ross Kelly


Trimble Technology Lab

Students at Edinburgh Napier will be given access to a range of Trimble’s tech solutions when the lab opens next year.

Edinburgh Napier University has been gifted equipment and software to establish a state-of-the-art technology lab for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC).

California-based SaaS company Trimble has gifted the equipment as part of a new partnership with the university. The partnership will enable Napier to expand its training and research in a range of areas, including 3D building design, digital fabrication and the sustainable built environment.

The Trimble Technology Lab will provide students at Napier’s School of Engineering & the Built Environment with hands-on experience in how to plan, design, build and manage engineering projects with the latest technologies such as unmanned aircraft systems and advanced scanning and modelling software.

Professor Andrea Nolan, principal and vice-chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University, commented: “We are proud to be joining forces with Trimble to create the first dedicated Trimble Technology Laboratory in Scotland.

“This generous gift means students and researchers across Edinburgh Napier University will have access to technologies broadening our applications of surveying, 3D building modelling, performance analysis and digitally empowered delivery for the built environment in new and exciting ways.”

The new Trimble Technology Lab will be installed at Napier’s Merchiston campus for the beginning of the 2020/21 academic year. Ahead of its official opening, a pilot laboratory for student use will be launched tomorrow (December 10th) at its Sighthill business park facility.


Allyson McDuffie, director of education & outreach at Trimble, said: “We’re extremely excited to be establishing a state-of-the-art Trimble Technology Lab in collaboration with Edinburgh Napier.

“Our mission in transforming the AEC industry requires that we invest in aspiring designers, architects contractors, engineers and project management professionals by driving awareness of, and access to, industry-leading solutions for training and research.”

Ross Kelly

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