Construction Scotland Innovation Centre to launch

06 October 2014

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre to launch

GCU is a partner in the CSIC

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is a university partner in the new Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, which launches tomorrow (October 7) during Construction Scotland’s Annual Conference.

Deputy First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon and Ray O’Rourke, Chairman of construction group Laing O’Rourke, will provide keynote speeches at the conference.

The conference, taking place at Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow, will launch the new Construction Innovation Centre (CSIC), one of eight new Innovation Centres established to deliver transformational change across various key industry sectors in Scotland.

The £7.5 million Centre is to be established in Scotland to connect industry and academia, providing the 31,000-plus businesses involved in the sector with a one-stop shop for accessing a team of academic experts and public support.

Funded by the Scottish Funding Council, the centre is supported by Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and 11 Scottish universities.

Edinburgh Napier University, which developed the bid alongside industry and other university partners, will carry out the administration of the centre.

GCU is a university partner in five of the Innovation Centres announced so far by the Scottish Funding Council, spanning oil and gas; sensors and imaging systems; digital health; construction; and big data.

In August, Education Secretary Michael Russell announced £14 million capital investment in the Innovation Centres, building on £110 million already committed to the sector over six years from the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. The Innovation Centres have the potential to generate up to £1.5 billion and around 5,000 jobs for the economy.

Acting as hubs of expertise for the Innovation Centres to draw upon, Scotland’s universities have a wealth of knowledge just waiting to be put into technological challenges in areas such as oil and gas decommissioning, subsea applications, renewables, defence, healthcare and construction.

GCU’s research in areas including smart sensors and building information modelling (BIM) are expected to provide the University with a strong grounding for opportunities to work with existing and new university and industrial partners on funded projects.

GCU’s Associate Dean of Business Development, the School of Engineering and Built Environment, Colin Murchison said: “The Construction Innovation Centre provides our academic community with new opportunities for collaborative research with industry. Our School of Engineering and Built Environment has particular expertise in construction management and economics research and innovation in sustainable urban environments.”

Find out more about the CSIC.

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