The City of Liverpool College has
    partnered with international engineering enterprise Laing O’Rourke and The
    Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, one of the country’s leading cancer centres. The
    partnership has been designed to inspire students with the digital technologies
    used to develop the brand-new cancer centre and promote the modern careers now
    available in the construction industry.

    Exclusive preview event at the new Clatterbridge Cancer Hospital Liverpool.

    ‘Project Innovation’ will see
    students of The City of Liverpool College’s Computer Science Digital courses
    collaborate with Laing O’Rourke to develop both augmented reality (AR) and
    virtual reality (VR) applications.

    For the first project, students will
    create an augmented reality interactive app, which is designed to help speed up
    maintenance requirements at the cancer centre. The AR app would allow staff to
    see all of the machinery in any given room along with their maintenance
    requirements. This will in turn be linked to a database which could ultimately
    order and schedule maintenance automatically, dramatically speeding up the
    process and saving precious time. 

    The virtual reality app will form the
    second project and would be designed for staff to have the ability to see
    maintenance requirements and interact with objects, while being fully immersed
    in the building from elsewhere, allowing them to navigate around the building
    and stripping back the walls for a ‘behind the scenes’ view.

    Estefania Alves, digital engineer at
    Laing O’Rourke, said:

    “Construction is a progressive
    industry, constantly adopting new technology and digital methodologies to
    enhance efficiency, to reduce construction time, waste, cost and to create a
    safer workplace throughout the whole project lifecycle.  For the industry
    to keep innovating it is vital that skills and experience is brought in from other
    creative industries.

    “Working with The City of Liverpool
    College allows us to bring a fresh perspective to developing these vital tools,
    while supporting the future workforce to develop their skills.”

    The partnership will provide students
    with experience and unique insight into the construction industry , as well as
    having the opportunity to provide support to the brand new The Clatterbridge
    Cancer Centre.

    Students will work closely with
    programmers and coders from Laing O’Rourke’s digital engineering department as
    well as Clatterbridge to develop the apps, with the aim of the project creating
    a lasting legacy by providing students with the chance to work on a real
    industry project.

    Elaine Bowker, principal of The City
    of Liverpool College, said:

    “The partnerships that we
    have across The City of Liverpool College are designed to provide our students
    with unique opportunities real world experience. We are passionate about
    ensuring that we are at the cutting edge of emerging technologies and providing
    our students with the skills they need to enter the world of work.

    “For our students to be
    given the chance to work with a multinational organisation such as Laing
    O’Rourke and develop a truly innovative tool for The Clatterbridge Cancer
    Centre is an opportunity like no other. We look forward to seeing the results
    of this partnership come to fruition.”

    Once developed, the apps will be
    piloted for The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and, if successful, will be rolled
    out on a wider scale.