On Friday, Nov. 6, representatives from CU Denver and Trimble Inc. gathered virtually to celebrate a major milestone for the College of Engineering, Design and Computing. Thanks to a significant gift to the university from the California-based construction hardware and software company (which has offices in Westminster, Colorado), the CU Denver campus now boasts a newly opened, state-of-the-art technology lab.
The Trimble Technology Lab will provide students hands-on experience with the latest industry tools through a customized suite of construction hardware and software products. The lab will expand the university’s expertise in project management, architectural and structural analysis, design and engineering, mixed reality, 3D scanning, office-to-field solutions, and GIS data collection and GNSS positioning.
Allyson McDuffie, director of Education & Outreach at Trimble, thanked online attendees for joining to celebrate Trimble’s newest lab.
“Congratulations, CU Denver! You have another reason to be the envy of CU Boulder,” McDuffie teased.
Robert Painter, CEO of Trimble, spoke to the wide-ranging impacts and improvements the Trimble Technology Lab will enable through the students who master its tools. “We live in a growing state with a growing economy, and all of us have an interest in seeing construction done better, faster, safer, and greener,” he said.
Chancellor Michelle Marks, PhD, echoed Painter’s optimism and expressed the benefits the lab will bring to the innovative spirit of CU Denver. “The Trimble Technology Lab is a badge of honor for our campus, and it’s going to be a game-changer for our students.”
“Our students need to be absolutely fluent in the industry-leading tools that Trimble provides,” Marks confirmed.
Martin Dunn, dean of the College of Engineering, Design and Computing, spoke to the importance of the lab to fostering collaboration and progress:
“The generous gift will make ripples—waves, rather— across our campus, nucleating the kind of interdisciplinary collaboration among engineers, architects, construction managers, and scientists that is needed to create and exploit technological innovation to address grand challenges facing the built environment including digital transformation, sustainability, and the future of work and the workforce.”
“I have no doubt that this will drive innovation across our college and the entire campus,” said Dunn.
A New Academic and Industry Partnership
With the Trimble Technology Lab, CU Denver joins 18 institutions in 11 countries with which Trimble has partnered. Trimble’s education and outreach programs work to support the next generation of industry leaders through collaboration with key education institutions around the world. These programs ensure Trimble’s portfolio of solutions are accessible to a new workforce ready to fulfill the company’s mission to Transform the Way the World Works.
It’s the beginning of a lasting partnership.
“[In relation to Trimble’s Westminster Campus] CU Denver is right in our backyard, providing an exciting opportunity to integrate our industry-leading technologies into a wide range of educational programs. Their proximity enables us to work closely while ensuring easy access, training and support, and success in all aspects of implementation,” said McDuffie in advance of the event.
Focusing on the tremendous benefit to the CU Denver community, Caroline Clevenger, associate professor and director of Construction Engineering and Management, said “Our students and faculty could not be more excited to have access to Trimble technologies. [It] is exactly the type of company that gets our students excited about pursuing careers in construction and engineering.”
A Flagship Lab
The lab will include a broad range of Trimble’s industry-leading technologies such as the Trimble® XR10 HoloLens with hardhat, TX8 3D laser scanner, Trimble SiteVision™ AR system, R12 GNSS systems, Juno 5D handheld scanner, Geo 7x mobile GNSS data collectors, robotic total stations and field tablets. Advanced software solutions include RealWorks® scanning software, Trimble Business Center, Tekla® Structures, Tekla Structural Designer, Tekla Tedds, Trimble Connect, ProjectSight, Viewpoint, TILOS, Trimble Positions Desktop, TerraSync and TerraFlex, eCognition, and the company’s popular 3D modeling software, SketchUp Pro.
In short, the Trimble Technology Lab features everything the engineers of tomorrow could possibly need.
Here’s to Innovation
As the event drew to a close, Clevenger offered a fitting toast:
“Here’s to innovation and resilience, to remote technology helping to connect us to the future, to academic and industry partnerships helping to drive communities forward!”
Cheers, to the Trimble Technology Lab.