Social Bite

We are delighted to be manufacturing the eleven homes for the Social Bite Homeless Village that we’ll be delivering this November to Edinburgh. We’re dedicated to delivering social and environmental impact to our buildings, our build system uses all natural sustainable healthy materials. We can’t imagine a better project for us to be involved in and we are all hugely excited by the opportunity.

The village will include 11 homes for people who are currently living in mostly unsupported temporary accommodation and shelters. We recently delivered the prototype to Edinburgh where it was on display to the public in St Andrews Square.

Innovate UK Funding

A Soluis Group-led consortium has secured £1 million of funding from Innovate UK to develop an Augmented Worker System (AWE), pioneering the use of virtual and augmented reality for the construction industry.

The system will enable the intelligent design, construction, maintenance and whole-life value of buildings, supporting construction and infrastructure growth. AWE will also realise significant value from Building Information Modelling (BIM) and will target a 25% reduction in cost, 25% reduction in waste, and increased productivity of 30% for projects.


Soluis Group will work with partner organisations that will add considerable skills, knowledge and connections in the industry. These include, Pinnacle Business Solutions, an information systems consultancy; Carbon Dynamic, an innovative world leading modular timber building construction company; two High Value Manufacturing Catapult centres – the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC).

Christopher Freeman, Augmented Reality Technical Fellow at AMRC said: “We are delighted to be working with Soluis in this program. The AMRC sees activities such as AWE central to the digitalisation of construction and infrastructure. The integration of cutting-edge technologies into a data rich platform such as AWE will help push UK productivity forwards by enabling better communication and more effective decision making.”

The consortium will be supported by key industry organisations that will comprise a steering group. These include AECOM, Doosan Babcock, Laing O’Rourke, Autodesk and Microsoft.

With the construction sector being a key sector to the UK economy and one with a considerable growth opportunity, the government has been investing through its Digital Built Britain (DBB) programme.

Through the implementation of DBB, the industry will be able to deliver faster builds to a higher quality with fewer defects and more sustainable buildings. The challenge for industry is meeting the DBB Building Information Modelling (BIM) level mandated by the UK Government. The Augmented Worker System will provide the construction industry with augmented and virtual reality to improve the construction process at every stage, meeting these standards.

Business Secretary Greg Clark said: “Research and innovation are at the heart of the Government’s vision for a modern Industrial Strategy. The adoption of cutting-edge virtual and augmented reality technology in industries like construction will be vital in helping us identify new, smarter ways of working.

“This Government-backed initiative will help build the UK’s reputation and expertise in the pioneering use of this technology, while helping make construction projects of the future more efficient, cost effective and productive.”

Lead partner in the awarded consortium, Soluis Group, is a leading construction visualisation company that has pioneered the application of realities technology, including development of an augmented reality asset management tool, In-Site, that was piloted at Crossrail’s Liverpool Street station with Laing O’Rourke.

Martin McDonnell, Chairman of Soluis Group said: “The proof of concept project with Crossrail showed how this technology could be applied and add incredible value to the industry. Our vision was to develop this concept much further and create a set of tools that would form the augmented worker of the future. For a business like us, we could only drive this innovation a certain amount and working with the consortium and receiving funding from Innovate UK will help us achieve this much faster and more effectively.”

The AWE system will be designed to drive greater certainty, safety, efficiency and sustainability through five key areas – co-design, digital job guidance, progress monitoring, safety guidance and asset management. This will allow jobs to be delivered on time, and within budget, whilst also giving a greater level of collaboration and communication between teams and partners on projects. Reducing the need for paper or mobile based handheld devices, gives workers a hands free, heads-up solution for a greater level of safety whilst providing real-time visualisation on-site.

David Philp, BIM Director at AECOM said “Construction technology is reshaping how we deliver and maintain our built assets, it is increasingly helping us place digital information into the real world in the right context supporting and augmenting the decision-making process. Real time access to individualised data, analytics and instructions during the construction and operational stages will greatly improve productivity, quality and also help worker well-being.  Creating a framework and guidance around the augmented worker is critically important if we are to successfully unlock this value proposition.”

The funding was awarded by Innovate UK as part of Infrastructure Systems competition which aims to stimulate innovation that creates UK business growth in infrastructure systems.

The project will launch on September 1st with a kick off meeting attended by the consortium companies.


Notes to Editor

About Soluis Group

Soluis Group has been innovating the interface of high-end visuals and proprietary software and apps that are at the centre of the current wave of BIM adoption in the UK. Soluis focuses on making BIM accessible and understandable to stakeholders of all description and recent work in virtual reality and augmented reality has created exciting possibilities for user immersion in unbuilt architecture and industrial design.

The AMRC and the AFRC

The University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) is a globally-recognised centre of excellence in innovative manufacturing technologies, R&D, and metal forming and forging research.

The centre is part of the UK Government’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult and is the only centre of its kind in Scotland putting it at the heart of the country’s manufacturing R&D sector.

The University of Sheffield is home to the AMRC, which is a multi-million-pound industry-university partnership which builds on the shared scientific excellence and technological innovation.

Woodlands Hub

The Woodlands Workspace and Hub is currently the smallest live project we have in the factory. At just over 40 square meters, the Hub is constructed using Cross Laminated Timber which is exposed internally. The façade is clad in triangular Fibre Cement Panels with a corrugated appearance which will make the Hub stand out within its surroundings. 

The Hub was designed by Bruce Newlands, director of award winning and Glasgow based Practice KRAFT Architecture. Carbon Dynamic were approached to Manufacture the Hub using our DfMA strategy. It was designed for the Woodlands Community Development Trust which is a registered charity concerned with the long term regeneration of Woodlands area in Glasgow. The Hub will be used as a workspace as part of the Woodlands Community Garden. The project is expected to be delivered onsite mid-March 2017. 

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dif 2016

We are delighted to be participating in 3 open mic events with dif (Disruptive Innovation Festival).

Our first event will be on the 22 of November at 14:00 till 15:00 and we will be discussing the Fit Homes project with Lucy Fraser Head of Innovation at Albyn Housing Society and Professor Angus Watson Head of R&D at NHS Highland. To watch the event follow this link

Then on the 24th at 14:00-15:00 we will be addressing how different the construction industry needs to look in the future and how the educational systems that support it have an opportunity to transform in anticipation. This discussion will explore the work that Alison Watson Managing Director of Class of Your Own and Dr Robert Hairstans Head of COCIS at Edinburgh Napier University are doing with their respective programmes of Design Engineer Construct! (DEC) and the Built Environment Exchange (beX)

And finally we will be joined by Martin McDonnell Chairman of the Soluis group to discuss 'A Vision for an Entirely Digital Construction Industry (& making it happen). You can view this session here:

Digital Construction Week 2016

Carbon Dynamic were invited to speak at Digital Construction Week in London held at the Business Design Centre. DCW is now in it's second year and provides a platform for companies big and small to come together and explore the latest innovations in digitally enabled design and construction. 

Our designer Mike Findlater was invited to speak at the Digital In Action stand to discuss the benefits of Co-Design using the HTC Vive VR Headset. In partnership with Soluis we were able to create a digital tool which allows participants to experience our flagship project the Fit Home, in a fully immersive way. This benefited the design team greatly as they were able to quickly make detailed and informed decisions on the design of the space based on the direct feedback from end users. 

This level of detail and feedback is invaluable when dealing with a project such as the Fit Home which is a technology enabled, highly flexible home designed to adapt and adjust over time as the users needs change. This makes for a very challenging brief as considerations have to be made for a whole variety of medical and social conditions which may arise throughout the users life, stepping up to this challenge wouldn't have been possible without co-design and more importantly virtual reality enabled co-design. 

The Fit Home project is the result of a partnership between Carbon Dynamic, Albyn Housing Association and NHS Highland and it's first phase is due for delivery in the spring of 2017 to a site in Alness.

Fit House

We are developing a housing solution that will enable people to maintain a sense of wellbeing throughout their life.  The “Fit House” concept is a technology enabled smart house that promotes wellbeing and preventative health solutions up to and including end of life care.

The concept supports residents to take charge of their own wellbeing. At the same time they can meet their health needs through a system of innovative technology and design.  They will be able to both self-manage their support and have enhanced face to face social interaction.  

The "Fit House" is a home for life, not just an end of life solution.  The technology enables young people to maintain a sense of wellbeing and morphs as the person responds to the physical and mental changes that life brings.

Co-Design Workshop

The 17th of June saw the very first Virtual Reality driven Co-Design workshop as part of Carbon Dynamic’s innovative approach to design and manufacture. In partnership with Soluis Technologies and Hello Digital the team was able to orchestrate a full day of interaction with health service professionals, charities and potential end users to help sculpt a new type of assisted living accommodation for the Highlands and beyond.

Welcome to Carbon Dynamic

One of our upcoming projects, The Eco Wedge

One of our upcoming projects, The Eco Wedge

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