The new research group will include researchers, professionals and educators, who work, research, develop and provide education in the digital subjects including CAD, GIS, 3D, BIM and VR. This will shape an environment that encourage cooperation and improve motivation and productivity. This vision will be implemented through the following strategy:
Education: The rapid technological development and increased demand of digital application solutions significantly influence the planning, design, management and organisation of projects. Consequently, this has implications for the education and the preparation of students for their future professional careers. Educational institutes have a major role to play in this transition. Therefore, there is a need to seed the next generation of professionals who are prepared and could use the right technological solutions. 3DVis Research group will have the responsibility to run an up-to-date curriculum in digital applications through various courses.
Research: The research group will form a rich environment of varied array of expertise for conducting research with responsibility for investigation/developing tools and practices connected to digital information technology and communication. The VR-Lab will play major role on facilitating arena to explore the potentials and complications associated with digital tools and visualizations in interaction with landscape, urban systems and dynamics, architecture and construction.
Collaboration: Creative collaborations and partnerships will be central to the development of the research group. The research group will seek collaboration with other research groups and partners across LANDSAM and NMBU. In addition, new collaboration with private, governmental and international partners will continue to take place with emphasis on investigation of the added values of latest technological advancements for planning, collaboration and communication.
Outreach and visibility: Showing the relevance of the use of technology to the planning and design community is important. Therefore, the 3DViz research group will adopt an outreach strategy consist of seminar, community events, an SEVU courses in order to build and promote relationship with the market and community groups. In addition, workshops will be organized on ILA and LANDSAM level in order to show latest technological advancements in the field and encourage participation of new partners. The ambitions of the research group are:
- Running an up-to-date digital curriculum that reflects our needs, capacity and visions. 3Dvis groups will also make sure that we are well prepared for future challenges and incorporate latest technologies and applications for landscape design and planning.
- Develop an environment consisting of ICT applications and a physical infrastructure (computer labs, VR-Lab, 3Dprinting-Lab) together with a methodology of deployment, to better support the educational process and research (e.g. digital media tools, Digital portal, Smart education, enz..) as part of the digitalization strategy at NMBU.
- Start a cycle of actions to strengthen our connection with other networks as part of the internationalization strategy adopted by NMBU by seeking cooperation with national and international partners and across many disciplines. In addition, start cooperation with other research groups and colleagues at LANDSAM by developing new ideas thoughts and experimentations with new technologies.
- Promote the findings of our LAD courses experiences by offering SEVU courses to local architects, planners, engineers and designers. This will help keep close contact with the market and practice in order to monitor latest development and study future demand.
- Keep experimenting with new technologies by investigating potentials and allocate the usability of such tools for planning and landscape design
- Provide support to students on the technical subjects and help them to develop their drives and talents so they are well prepared for practice.