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University research partnership helps business with new technology

Published: Wednesday, 13 April 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Teesside University’s partnership with a firm of architects has seen them take on new technology and working practices to drastically improve their business.

DKS Architects are part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) – a world-leading programme funded by Innovate UK – which is helping them understand ways of incorporating building information modelling software into its business.

BIM is recognised as the most effective way to drive efficiency in construction, management, delivery and building design, and is used by the Government.

The KTP partnership, which links a university, a firm and a graduate together, has given DKS an architectural technology graduate from Teesside University, known as an associate under the programme, to help the firm use BIM to measure energy usage within a building.


The partnership has seen 80% of the office at DKS now incorporating the software, and numerous staff have benefitted from the expertise offered within the programme.

Such was the success that the graduate involved was part of a team that presented findings on an attempt to set up a virtual level 2 BIM scheme, to the yearly RICS BIM conference that takes place in London.
There have been a number of significant benefits for both the company and the university, and has opened the doors to offer ‘a plan of works’ that can be used to help construction, architectural and engineering professionals.

The partnership

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships have been assisting businesses for over 40 years to help improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills within the UK.

The aim is to identify innovative solutions to help that business grow, with projects usually being so successful that when they end, around 70% of associates receive offers of full-time positions within the companies – of which at least 70% then accept.

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