Tertiary Institutes Partner with Nextspace
Tertiary Institutes Partner with Nextspace for 3D Visualisation
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Partnership agreements will give students and lecturers access to world-leading 3D visualisation software and expertise
3D visualisation consultancy Nextspace has signed agreements with three of the country’s leading technology focused tertiary institutes. The agreements with AUT University, Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) and NorthTec (Northland Polytechnic) signal a new level of collaboration between Nextspace and the education sector. Students and lecturers at each institute will have access to world-leading 3D software from Right Hemisphere and Esperient; the opportunity to be involved in research and development and industry projects; as well as contact with local and international experts from Nextspace, Right Hemisphere and Nextspace cluster members.
AUT University and Nextspace have already begun to investigate several collaborative projects with a focus on motion capture technology and research and development opportunities in health and sport. AUT is also working with Nextspace to create teaching and research interfaces for Right Hemisphere software.
WelTec plans to integrate 3D visualisation as a core delivery tool in several areas of its curriculum. For example, its Centre for Creative Technologies in conjunction with the Centre for Smart Product is using 3D visualisation software as part of its REA Formula One project - a secondary schools competition in which groups of students design and manufacture pressurised gas powered model Formula One cars.
NorthTec is investigating using 3D teaching material in its automotive, nursing, fashion and hospitality programmes.
As part of its strategy to create a global competitive advantage for New Zealand in 3D visualisation, product graphics management and related media, Nextspace is committed to supporting the development of future talent.
Commenting on the announcement, Brenda Frisk, Business Development Director at Nextspace said: “The signing of the agreements is a significant step forward in our education strategy. All three institutions are committed to breaking down barriers to innovation and understand implicitly that 3D visualisation will be a powerful force in education and industry. Many of the proposed collaborative projects are outside the traditional realms of 3D technology.
“Ongoing relationships like these between industry and education are essential to ensure the teaching pedagogy continues to develop and evolve to deliver the 21st century workers we require now and in the future.”
Nextspace is a 3D visualisation industry catalyst and consultancy. Nextspace’s goal is to build a $1 billion visual communications industry in New Zealand which makes complex 3D data accessible, easy-to-use and interactive in a range of applications.
Nextspace brings together companies, universities, research organisations, educators and government agencies; with Right Hemisphere’s unique visualisation and collaboration technology; and its own expertise to create an internationally competitive cluster.
Based in Auckland, Nextspace also provides consulting, contract research, mentoring, software development services and an Innovation Centre with high-tech training and development facilities. It is the New Zealand reseller of Right Hemisphere software, and is owned by a not-for-profit trust