Free-to-attend, drop-in workshops are being hosted on August 17 and 18 at Inverness College University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) by Make it Smart Hub, a collaborative programme led by Built Environment – Smarter Transformation (BE-ST), designed to help futureproof the construction and manufacturing sectors in the region.
Attendees will be able to try 3D scanning equipment that can create a digital representation of a place or object to millimetre accuracy in minutes; virtual and augmented reality visualisation kit that could benefit teams operating in rural locations; and a heat flow meter that can test the thermal performance of different materials.
Tom Warren, impact manager – sustainability, at BE-ST, said: “Digital transformation will play a big part in the sector’s transition to zero carbon and these sessions are designed to help raise awareness of the types of cutting-edge technology that could support SMEs to achieve that ambition.”
A number of companies have already benefited from the support offered through the hub including 7-22 Systems, an ecological construction business based on the Isle of Benbecula. The firm specialises in the design and construction of environmentally sustainable buildings using offsite manufacturing and pre-insulated components, and recently collaborated with BE-ST to improve its cutting templates.
The Make it Smart Hub is led by BE-ST, with support from Inverness College UHI, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Data Lab and Censis, the innovation centre for sensors, imaging systems, and Internet of Things technologies.