Norscot wins Interface innovation award

(L-R) Professor Andrea Nolan OBE (Edinburgh Napier University), Peter Body (Norscot Joinery) and Dr Farzad Rahimian (University of Strathclyde)
(L-R) Professor Andrea Nolan OBE (Edinburgh Napier University), Peter Body (Norscot Joinery) and Dr Farzad Rahimian (University of Strathclyde)
(L-R) Professor Andrea Nolan OBE (Edinburgh Napier University), Peter Body (Norscot Joinery) and Dr Farzad Rahimian (University of Strathclyde)
(L-R) Professor Andrea Nolan OBE (Edinburgh Napier University), Peter Body (Norscot Joinery) and Dr Farzad Rahimian (University of Strathclyde)

VEKA Group customer, Norscot, took home the ‘Innovation of the Year’ trophy at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2018, which celebrate the achievements of academic and business collaborations and partnerships.

The Innovation of the Year prize was awarded to Norscot, in partnership with the University of Strathclyde, in recognition for the research and development of virtual reality show home software.

Having identified a major challenge in the self-build market; that of customers being unable to ‘visualise’ their future home designs through traditional paper plans and CAD designs alone, Norscot began to work with the University of Strathclyde on software that allows a customer to ‘walk-through’ their new build via a combination of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and virtual reality technology.

The champion collaboration was born as Interface, the government-backed organisation which links businesses with academic partners, paired Norscot to the University of Strathclyde through the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) initiative.

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