Strategic Alliances: Software Vendors and Academia

Introduction

At the forefront of innovation and technologies, Waldeck continue to push the boundaries of research and development across the digital construction industry.

We recognise the importance of working with like-minded, forward-thinking organisations and institutions to research, educate and learn in order to realise a common goal, and therefore are engaging with top academic institutions across the UK and overseas, including the below, to name a few.

Academia

University of Huddersfield

 Waldeck has been working closely with the University of Huddersfield for some time now. We are heavily involved with the university through our ongoing government-backed Innovate UK funded project to automate digital capture to model workflows, as we work to become a world leader in progressive Digital twin solutions.

We also continue to explore similar opportunities with the University of Huddersfield in the areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and generative design, and have recently been awarded further funding to enhance our Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) research, and support future developments through the purchase of another drone, which allows us to widen our research into thermal imagery and energy saving surveys.

Cardiff University

Waldeck is engaged with Cardiff University and has been accepted onto the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC)-Harbour project, to develop the standards for harbour, ports and waterway infrastructure.

Working in collaboration with Cardiff University and China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), the project will run over two years (2017-2019), developing the IFC in accordance with the BuildingSMART International Standards Process.

As expert panel members, Waldeck will be reviewing, commenting, discussing and advising the project team on the development of the IFC standards and the final deliverables working to deliver an industry standard for IFC data.

Tsinghua University

As part of a two day UK-China Construction Workshop, Waldeck’s Founder and CEO, Paul Waldeck delivered a keynote speech on digital twin solutions and Smart Information Management (SIM).

The conference was developed by The University of Huddersfield in collaboration with Tsinghua University and the theme for the two days was the integration of data, information and knowledge in BIM, and the lifecycle of a building or infrastructure facility.

The two day conference concluded with a session focusing on the route forward and next steps. Positively, all attendees were in agreement to further the collaboration and build upon the new relationships by forming a new working group called ‘China-UK Centre of Excellence for Digital Design and Construction’. Find out more about the UK-China Construction Workshop here.

Middlesex University

Waldeck advocate the Middlesex University BIM Management Masters Course, which was the first of its kind, in the world, when it began in 2013.

Having enrolled two of our BIM experts onto the first global cohort for the course back in 2013, each year more and more of our employees have been sponsored by Waldeck to develop their knowledge and understanding through this route.

Individuals with a passion for BIM and a desire to further their career in this field, will obtain a wealth of knowledge from lecturers, industry leaders and their fellow cohort right from the start across three key areas:

  • Technical BIM Management
  • Operational BIM Management
  • Strategic BIM Management

Software and API Development

Waldeck currently has a host of in-house software and API development capabilities, which we are working on both internally and externally with carefully selected strategic partners.

  • We are currently utilising the Unity games engine to produce augmented and virtual reality solutions which are completely bespoke to Waldeck and our client’s
  • We are adopting machine learning techniques to leverage artificial intelligence within our analysis and digital capture activities
  • We are engaged with strategic partners from the software industry on a wide range of exciting research, development, proof of concept and digital capture projects

In addition to our own software and API development programmes, we are also engaged with top software partners, including projects such as:

  • Waldeck is engaged with a top software organisation, with a view to working on their development programme for Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality solutions
  • Waldeck is engaged with a leading software provider and have direct routes of dialogue for Application Programming Interfaces (API)
  • We are also scheduled to work with a software giant on gaining ‘approved trainer’ status for our in-house training team, ensuring we deliver the very best training support and advice to our clients and internal teams
  • We are developing capability with a new software partner regarding digital reality capture and verification of infrastructure works. We are aiming to establish a proof of concept which will expand on our partners existing toolsets

What’s next?

Our future pipeline of involvement with academia and software vendors through research, education, and scholarship means we are in discussion with top universities and software companies across the UK and overseas.

As relationships continue to strengthen and evolve we will see Waldeck working with research teams, professors, students and software providers to develop solutions across Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Mixed Reality (MR), provide course support, lectures and seminars across digital construction as well as the addition of further Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) placings into the business.


FIND OUT MORE

Interested in finding out more about Strategic Alliances?
Get in touch with our experts by calling 08450 990285 or email us here.