Dr David Heesom is a reader in building information modelling (BIM). Backed by a grant from the Royal Academy of Engineering, he is spending six months working on new technology that will allow construction professionals and facilities managers to use smart phones and tablets to optimise how they work on new build and renovation projects.
His is being seconded from the university to Shrewsbury-based The Severn Partnership to work on new approaches to deliver Scan2BIM data – a process that uses high definition lasers to scan a building and replicate it as a 3D model on a computer.
Dr Heesom will be looking at how technology used for computer games and that found on mobile phones and tablets can be used to increase the number of platforms able to use Scan2BIM information.
Dr Heesom said: “The secondment will give me the opportunity to work with the company, their clients and supply chain to develop cutting edge, practical, and useful techniques for interacting with BIM projects as the UK and international construction industry moves towards this method of working.
“It will provide the opportunity to become fully immersed in the industrial setting allowing full engagement with the company and the subject, which will lead to new opportunities for teaching materials and research.”