Fife College APUC Leica Case Study

Fife College APUC Leica Case Study

The Advantages of Using a Multi Departmental Approach to Acquire Capital Purchases


Fife College is a progressive and student orientated education provider and we pride ourselves on the courses we provide, and our ability to seek to continue to evolve our course and curriculum to meet with the needs of both students and our partnerships with industry and stakeholders.

In this context over the course of 2019 we had become increasingly aware of the need to acquire newer technology in key subject areas, such as, engineering, BIM, architectural design, heritage, arts and design, surveying etc.

The main problem we faced were the pre-conceived high costs of such technology and limitations to procurement based on individual department budgets creating a barrier to access this equipment.

At this time Leica Geosystems part of the Hexagon group of companies launched the RTC 360 3D scanner. From the reviews and the feedback in many publications this was a truly ground-breaking product that incorporated all the latest 3D scanning technology in a package that was now available to a price point that was almost half the cost of previous generations of similar systems.

We were extremely interested in this product and sought further details and a demonstration though the APUC LAB 1009 national framework agreement.
From this we were provided with a comprehensive package of details and information from Abergower in partnership with Leica Geosystems including face to face on campus consultation and on site demonstration that provided all the information we needed to agree that this system would very much be a very valuable asset to the college.
However, this would still be a major investment for the college especially in the context of a single department, we therefore agreed from a corporate point of view  of the advantages of having a shared resource with the multiple departments that had also expressed an interest in acquiring this system.
We discussed the merits of this with the heads of various departments and everyone agreed that combining elements of each departments budgets the college could indeed procure the RTC 360 that could cover.

This not only confirmed the soundness of this strategy but also demonstrated the significant advantages to the college that this investment would bring in terms of close cooperation, combined learning and use of the considerable software bundle that came with the system but also the support and assistance each department could provide to the group that would be using the system going forward.

We have had the system for over a year now and following our initial on-site training, course and online support, we have been able to support new as well as enhance existing courses, gaining a huge amount of technical and practical experience of using the RTC 360 3D scanner in the process. The success of these new and modified courses have seen Fife College being shortlisted at a range of national awards amongst the elite of the UK Construction industry in the process. The RTC 360 3D scanner has enabled us to do a range of community and Industry projects such as the Levenmouth Rail Link Project, a conservation scan of Broughty Ferry Lifeboat Station as well as supporting SDB Contracts at an extensive groundworks project in Dundee City Centre. These projects would typically have been conducted using more conventional methods which due to the labour intensiveness, would have been impractical for us to resource which demonstrates eth effectiveness and efficiency of the RTC 360 3D scanner.

I can thoroughly recommend this course of action to every university and college in the UK and would be more that happy to provide further feedback of how this can offer a huge advantage to both students and staff which have a knowledge base which is very much welcomed in the wider employment community and helps us attract new students by delivering relevant industry skills, that are desired in the modern wider workforce.