Borders College is one of three colleges taking part in the Construction Virtual Environment Resource Training (CONVERT) project, which uses technologies such as Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality to provide high-quality learning experiences that mimic real situations in construction.
As part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, Borders College construction students helped pilot the new equipment with a number of sessions delivered between the 7th and 11th March.
These sessions included the use of drones for site surveying and 3D environmental mapping, virtual training tables which simulate saws and routers, and spray paint simulators. Working at height and the use of laser-scanning and high-quality rendering to produce a virtual deconstruction of a building were also part of the innovative project.
Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC) is leading on the project management for this two-year, GB-wide, CITB funded collaboration to deliver state-of-the-art immersive learning training and engagement sessions to construction learners in Further and Higher Education.
The equipment was booked through ESP, who are in partnership with CONVERT and CWIC, and are a link for all colleges in Scotland. They will drive any improvements and laisse with SQA to have some of the technology added to the curriculum.