The University of Huddersfield has signed a huge deal with one of the world’s top construction firms in China.
And it could bring a jobs boost for students.
The five-year deal with Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG) was announced this week.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) deal will mean Huddersfield’s department of Art, Design and Culture can aid the company in their new use of technology.
Staff and students in Huddersfield will also benefit from the partnership, with potential research, placement and employment opportunities with BCEG.
The major construction firm are ranked as one of the world’s top 50 contracters.
It currently employs some 20,000 people internationally and in 2013 became part of a consortium, investing £800m in Manchester Airport City. The news was announced by Chancellor George Osborne.
Staff and students at Huddersfield’s School of Art, Design and Culture have developed expertise in Building Information Modelling (BIM).
Their cutting edge approach means they can use digital technology for the company’s design and construction processes, increasing its efficiency.
The Government has described the technology as a “game changer” for the industry and has published a document recognising its potential.
Song Wu, Professor of Surveying and IT at the University, said: “BIM improves collaboration at the design stage, reduces changes during construction and also improves facility management at the operational stage.”
Prof Wu has been instrumental in securing the five-year deal and have previously taken part in several joint research projects with the industry. He is also working with China’s Huazhing University of Science and Technology computer modelling buildings to make them more energy efficient.