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.

The TTL provides access to state of the art equipment like:

  • Laser building scanners
  • Imaging rovers
  • Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receivers
  • Total stations
  • Theodolites
  • Auto-levels

In addition, the following software applications are available 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

For a complete listing of equipment and software, including links to learning resources, visit the following page:

How Can You Use the Lab / Equipment?

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Equipment and software in this lab are being made available to everyone in the Design Building and elsewhere on the UMass campus. Most of the software is available in DB 260 to anyone with a UMass NetID. To request use of any equipment, follow this procedure:

  1. Review the Equipment and Software page and identify the equipment you are interested in,
  2. Contact Alex Schreyer, Senior Lecturer in BCT and discuss the use at least one week prior to use,
  3. Fill out the Trimble Technology Lab Equipment Usage Agreement and get all signatures,
  4. Submit the agreement to Alex Schreyer at last one week prior to use and coordinate pickup and drop-off.

Courses and Projects

The following list shows courses that are currently using the software or equipment that the TTL provides. Contact programs and departments directly if you are interested in signing up for any of these.

  • BCT 320 – Introduction to CAD for Construction and Architecture
  • BCT 420 – Designing with 3D CAD & BIM
  • ECO 620 – Studies in Building information Modeling
  • SUSTCOMM 597A – Digital Technology for Design Representation
  • LANDARCH 397D – Studio: Site Planning for Housing: Creating Community

We also mention cool student and faculty projects that use the TTL in our news feed under the Trimble Technology Lab tag.

Faculty Contact

Alexander Schreyer, Senior Lecturer