A unique technology for the construction industry offering immersive “walk throughs” of unbuilt houses; a novel method of recycling print toner powder for use across a range of applications including art, construction and animal medicines; and a technique for new drug discovery are among the winners of The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2018.
The Innovation of the Year was awarded to a family-owned business, Norscot Joinery Ltd., in Caithness, which builds kit homes. The company partnered with University of Strathclyde to research and develop virtual reality show home software combining advanced interactive visualisation of buildings with Building Information Modelling (BIM) data for the first time. It will allow clients to immerse themselves in a house before it is built, and interact with the design process, providing a better understanding of cost impacts of design changes.
The annual awards, run by Interface, celebrate the impacts achieved through business-academic partnerships. This year’s event was attended by 300 people at Royal Bank of Scotland Conference Centre in Edinburgh. Speakers included Steve Stewart from the award winning independent craft brewery Stewart Brewing and Professor Eleanor Shaw, Hunter Centre of Entrepreneurship, University of Strathclyde, Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, as well as Innovation Sessions hosted by business people and academics who shared their experiences and insights into working together.
Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse said:
“My congratulations to all those who have had their outstanding work recognised, in being nominated for a Scottish Knowledge Exchange Award.
“The awards are a showcase for some of the best examples we have in Scotland of what can be achieved when business and academia work together towards a common goal.
“Scotland has a growing reputation as a place where excellence is achieved through innovation. The ongoing exchange of knowledge is a crucial element of that.”
Dr Siobhán Jordan, Director of Interface, said:
“The sheer diversity of business-academic partnerships in this year’s awards is impressive and testament to innovation thriving in the business-academic community. The winners have great potential to impact on society, the environment and the economy, whilst many of the partnerships demonstrate a variety of unexpected collaborations, for example, matching a joinery company with virtual reality experts.”