Free technology workshops being offered for those in the construction industry – RossShire Journal

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SMEs working across the construction and built environment sector in the Highlands and Islands are being invited to get to grips with cutting edge manufacturing technology.
In an effort to boost efficiency and reduce carbon footprints, free drop-in workshops are being hosted on Wednesday and Thursday this week at Inverness College UHI.
It is being run by Make it Smart Hub, which has been designed to help future-proof the construction and manufacturing sectors in the region.
Construction professionals will be able to enjoy hands-on experience with some of the latest technology coming into the sector, including 3D scanning equipment, virtual reality training simulations, augmented reality helmets and a heat flow meter.
Using the 3D scanner could be hugely beneficial for retrofit work, which is expected to increase significantly as the 2045 zero carbon deadline approaches.
With detailed 3D images, SMEs could more easily quantify the environment to deliver a full assessment of the work needed.
Experts from BE-ST will be on hand to demonstrate the equipment and answer any queries, as well as share more about the innovation centre’s ambition to accelerate decarbonisation.
Tom Warren, impact manager for 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.
“Make it Smart Hub was set up to support the Highlands and Islands construction community to adopt new manufacturing technologies, processes and skills, that can improve productivity and help them to grow sustainably.
“As well as providing access to equipment, the hub also offers training, guidance, and innovation and business development support and we are looking forward to making new connections this week.”

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