23 October 2017
Leading UK engineer given ICE welcome by technologists at Wrexham Glyndwr University
ONE of the UK’s leading engineers was given a glimpse of the innovative technology breaking new ground at a North Wales university.
Professor Tim Broyd, President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), met with Wrexham Glyndwr University’s world-leading Computing department as part of a regional visit.
Senior lecturer Nathan Roberts demonstrated a video of games produced by students, before showcasing the HTC Vive (VR) and other cutting-edge equipment, including 3D printers, the Leap Motion design tool, drone and simulation software and a GoPro capture system used in partnership with the NHS for virtual tours.
The ICE delegation then joined Calon FM at the University’s Centre for the Creative Industries for an interview and toured the Plas Coch campus and engineering facilities.
Professor Broyd was also given an update on progress with the Further Learning Programme developed by ICE and the University’ School for Applied Sciences, Computing and Engineering (ASCE) last year.
The first partnership of its kind in North Wales, the collaboration overcame the need for engineers to travel outside of Wales to gain incorporated engineer or chartered engineer accredited further learning.
Phil Storrow, Head of ASCE and an ICE Fellow, said: “It’s been a pleasure to welcome Professor Broyd and the team.
“Wrexham Glyndwr University is plugged into industry across North Wales, and the degrees we offer reflect that.
“This was a great opportunity to highlight the good work we do in partnership with ICE and with other organisations in an area which is growing all the time, supporting computing and engineering in North Wales and helping to prevent talent leaving the region.”
Wrexham Glyndwr University is already working closely with Denbigh’s Myddelton College to deliver cutting-edge virtual and augmented reality scenarios in an education setting as part of the Microsoft Showcase Schools initiative, using the latest technology.
Reflecting on the suite of new Computing degrees at the institution, Mr Storrow added: “We have a host of courses at the forefront of computer game development, cyber security and creative computing which run parallel with industry to ensure students graduating from these degrees are job-ready when they leave us.”
A former chief executive at the Construction Industry Research Information Association (CIRIA), one of Professor Broyd’s main interests is digital innovation in the built environment.
For more on ICE, visit www.ice.org.uk
Visit the next Wrexham Glyndwr University open day on November 11 from 10am-2pm: https://www.glyndwr.ac.uk/en/Howtoapply/VisitGlyndwrUniversity/OpenDays/
- The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) was founded in 1818 to ensure professionalism in civil engineering
- It represents 90,000 qualified and student civil engineers in the UK and across the globe and has over 3,600 members in Wales
- ICE has long worked with the government of the day to help it to achieve its objectives, and has worked with industry to ensure that construction and civil engineering remain major contributors to the UK economy and UK exports