Established in 2016 through a generous gift by Trimble Inc., this lab expands the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s leadership in training and research in 3D building design, digital fabrication and the sustainable built environment. Partnering with Trimble allows UMass Amherst to more fully integrate across its curricula the technological tools that are rapidly transforming how building and living environments are designed and constructed.

Potential applications of these technologies range from the scanning of historic buildings to ensure their preservation, design and 3D printing of architectural building models, digital fabrication of custom-lab equipment, coastal erosion monitoring, and improvements in construction cost estimating and scheduling to reduce costs.


  • Laser scanners
  • Advanced robotic surveying systems
  • Imaging rovers
  • Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receivers
  • Total stations
  • Theodolites
  • Auto-levels


The following software is included with this lab and installed on computers in the Trimble Technology Lab (room 260) in the Design Building:

  • SketchUp Pro
  • Sefaira Architecture
  • RealWorks scanning software
  • Trimble Business Center
  • Vico Office Suite
  • GCEstimator™ Suite
  • Tekla® Structures

How Can You Use the Lab?

Equipment and software in this lab are being made available to everyone in the Design Building and elsewhere on campus. Contact Alexander Schreyer, Senior Lecturer in BCT if you are interested.

Faculty Contact

Alexander Schreyer, Senior Lecturer