The state of the art £5.2 Million Advanced Engineering & Construction Centre which officially opens on October 16th at Bedford College will include a virtual reality learning suite funded by the Connolly Foundation.
The “immersive” virtual reality system includes a ‘power wall’ where students can upload CAD information and view their designs in 3D their designs – effectively ‘navigating’ round the buildings.
The technology will especially useful for construction engineering, where a design can be displayed, with animation, and students can ‘walk around’ – by wearing a headset.
Ian Pryce CBE, CEO of The Bedford College Group said: “Our Advanced Engineering & Construction Centre will secure our pole position as the provider of cutting edge technology education for the region. This facility, which is part-funded by SEMLEP and has attracted a variety of grant funding, but the support of Connolly Foundation is especially welcome. The Foundation has been generous in the past with support for training in the construction industry and this has made it possible for young people to move into great careers via apprenticeships or win promotion by through further qualifications.”
The Connolly Foundation is a major charity in Bedfordshire that has given more than £5 million to local causes and organisations since its formation over 12 years ago.
The Foundation awards grants in two specific areas: education and support for the frail and elderly.
Since 2007 numerous individuals, group and projects have benefited from the Foundation’s support. It works mainly through charitable organisations, to control its costs to ensure that money is spent on projects and not overheads.