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Wed 10 April 2019, 1:32 pm

Students gained a unique insight into the digital world of the construction industry last month, just as their college prepares to open a new centre for skills and training this autumn (pictured below).

Barking and Dagenham College’s construction pupils spent a day with workers from Swiss company Leica Geosystems, learning about cutting-edge digital equipment that helps to speed up and improve processes in modern construction projects.

The firm creates products and systems for surveying and geographical measurement, and pupils learnt about mobile mapping, detection systems, laser scanners and 3D modelling. 

The college is due to open its new Centre for Advanced Technologies (CAT) in September, with a focus on the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) curriculum. 

It will provide training in subjects such as engineering and robotics, digital technologies and the creative industries such as television and film production. 

The CAT project received a £5 million boost in funding last February through the Skills for London Capital Fund, which helped complete the centre. 

Talking about the visit from Leica Geosystems, John Sankey, the college’s interim director of advanced technologies, said: “For any of our students who want to get jobs in surveying and building information modelling, this equipment will be integral to their work.

“This high technology approach to construction training is embedded into our curriculum, equipping students with the 21st-century skills they need.

“Visits from employers such as Leica Geosystems are a really important part of their education. This is why employers have been closely involved with the design and planning of our new Centre for Advanced Technologies.”

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