Capture it. Process it. Visualize it.


Because information is power!

CyberBuild delivers Digital Engineering solutions for the AEC/FM sector.

CyberBuild is a research laboratory associated to the School of Engineering at The University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, UK). The Lab was formerly associated to Heriot-Watt University.

In collaboration with various academic and industry partners, we research and develop technologies that deliver more efficient and effective design, construction and management of built environment assets. We work in the areas of:

Data Capture

Acquiring accurate and complete as-built/as-is data

Data Processing

Extracting value-adding information from the acquired data


Effectively understanding and communicating the data and information


Our current and recent projects.

The team

CyberBuild has a fantastic team of enthusiastic and creative researchers and associated members with expertise in various complementary areas such as computer science, computer vision, electronics, building surveying and skills.
Come meet the Team.


Academic Publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers

Professional and Public Dissemination

Articles in professional and public media

Latest News

[15-05-2019] Welcome Alessandra!

Today, we welcome Alessandra Corneli from Universidad Politécnica delle Marche (UPDM) in Italy. She is visiting us for a bit more than a month and we look forward to work with on AI and AR.

[01-04-2019] CyberBuild now part of The University of Edinburgh

Today, Frédéric starts as Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. And naturally the CyberBuild Lab comes along. This means that the Lab's website address will soon change, and eventually its design too.

[01-01-2019] Afrooz at STEM for BRITAIN

Afrooz, who is in the last stretch of her PhD, has been successful at 2019 STEM for BRITAIN poster competition. On March 13th, she will present her research on "Planning for Scanning" at a poster session at Westminster.

[01-01-2019] BIMERR Starts!

Today marks the beginning of the 48-month EU H2020 project BIMERR (BIM-based holistic tools for Energy-driven Renovation of existing Residences)". In this project, CyberBuild will develop novel Scan-to-BIM processes, with focus on delivering BIM models useful for energy assessment and refurbishment.

[25-07-2018] Frédéric receives the IAARC Turker-Hasegawa Award

Frédéric has had the great honour to be awarded the 2018 Turker-Hasegawa Award from the International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction (IAARC) for "his distinguished contributions to the field of automation and robotics in construction".

[25-07-2018] CyberBuild wins ISARC Best Paper Award

A conference paper written with colleagues from Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and related to our collaborative project Historic Digital Survey (HDS) has received the Best Paper Award at the 2018 International Symposium for Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC). The paper is titled "High Level-of-Detail BIM and Machine Learning for Automated Masonry Wall Defect Surveying" and can be found in our Publications section.

[22-06-2018] CyberBuild at Great Exhibition of the North 2018 (Newcastle)

In collaboration with ORE Catpult and Animmersion UK Ltd, CyberBuild are pleased to exhibit a iHR-powered exhibit at the Exhibition enabling visitors to explore and defect-assess an offshore wind turbine. The exhibit will be present this whole summer at the Urban Sciences Building of the University of Newcastle.

[14-04-2018] CyberBuild at Edinburgh International Science Festival (at Oriam)

CyberBuild were pleased to once again contribute to EISF, this year at Heriot-Watt University's Oriam Centre. The overall event was clearly successful (>5,000 visitors) and we got our fair share of visitors too!

[14-03-2018] TurbineHR at IAA Impact Festival

We are pleased to be invited to the IAA Impact Festival to present our TurbineHR system and its on-going impact on trade training in the construciton and engineering sector, as well as in public engagement.

[31-01-2018] CyberBuild at Wearable Technologies Conference

In collaboration with Dr Lim and his team from Heriot-Watt University, CyberBuild has been very happy to showcase the iHR and UrbanPlanAR systems at the Wearable Technologies Conference 2018, in Munich.

[01-12-2017] UrbanPlanAR solution recognised in The Planner magazine

The unique solution we developed with our partners TrueViewVisuals (formally LinkNode) in the UrbanPlanAR project has been recognized as one of 7 great apps for community engagement.

[30-11-2017] TurbineHR finalist of the Scottish Green Energy Awards

We are delighted that our TurbineHR project with ESP, Fife College, Animmmersion Ltd. and ORE CATAPULT was selected as finalist Scottish Green Energy Awards, in the category 'Contribution to Skills'. Good luck to all finalists and we look forward to a lovely evening.

[21-11-2017] HDS showcased at Westminster

We are delighted to have our Historic Digital Survey project being showcased at the Palace of Westminster (UK Parliament) as part of the Year of Robotics Parliamentary Reception organised by Heriot-Watt University.

[10-11-2017] CyberBuild at two Holyrood events on the same night!

Tonight, the CyberBuild Lab will be present at two parallel event at Holyrood, the Scottish Parliament. First, we will be showcasing our TurbineHR serious game and technology at the Offshore Wind Week Parliamentary Reception organised by our project partners, Offshore Renewable Energy CATAPULT. Then, our Historic Digital Survey project will be showcased at the Year of Robotics Parliamentary Reception organised by Heriot-Watt University.

[15-06-2017] TurbineHR Hub launch

The TurbineHR Hub was launched by Scottish Government Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP on Thursday 15th June.

[09-06-2017] CyberBuild public engagement recognised

The Year of Robotics, a HWU initiative CyberBuild is contributing to has won the Principle Public Engagement Team Award. Great additional recognition for the continuous public and professional engagement of our team over the past 4 years.

[08-03-2017] iVR project UK Recognition

The iVR Project, a collaboration between CyberBuild (through the ICE team), Skills Development Scotland (SDS), CITB and Animmersion Ltd. has won the UK Career Development Award for Best Practice in the Use of Technology in Career Development. And, this success as been the subject of a Motion to the Scottish Parliament (Motion S5M-04797; see here).

[30-11-2016] TurbineHR II

The ICE team, in collaboration with Animmersion Ltd., is to extend its TurbineHR project supported by ESP, ORE Catapult and Fife College. In this new project, training will move from the top of turbine to inside them.

[15-11-2016] ICE at Scottish Parliament

The ICE team has been delighted and honoured to support CITB in its launch event held at the Scottish Parliament for the "GoConstruct" website.

[15-10-2016] Historic Digital Survey II

Cyberbuild is going to continue its collaboration with Historic Environment Scotland with this second 6-month project aimed at developing new tools for the processing of point clouds of historic stone masonry to support survey and maintenance activities.

[04-10-2016] Talking about Repair and Maintenance for Historic Building

Frédéric was invited to present the work conducted in Cyberbuild to various repair and maintenance professionals with focus on historic buildings.

[09-09-2016] Historic Digital Survey II

Cyberbuild is going to continue its collaboration with Historic Environment Scotland with this second 6-month project aimed at developing new tools for the processing of point clouds of historic stone masonry to support survey and maintenance activities.

[04-06-2016] ICE showcases at home! At the Heriot-Watt University Garden Party.

Today, we had the chance to show the iHR to numerous children and their parents who work at Heriot-Watt University. We have received plenty of visits of curious people who sometimes had heard of us but had never seen the system.

[02-06-2016] ICE supporting the Glasgow Science Centre Bing Bang day!

We have been stormed by successive waves (classes) of children who then sadly had to orderly queue for trying the iHR system. Thanks ESP for inviting us!

[06-05-2016] For a change, it is adults who tried our iHR at Botanic Lates!

Conversations were different from those in our usual engagement events, and it was nice to answer questions about the end purpose of the system, the type of reseach done in our department at Heriot-Watt, etc.

[01-04-2016] New project for the ICE team in collaboration with Animmersion Ltd.

The ICE team, in collaboration with Animmersion Ltd is going to develop an immersive VR app to engage young people about energy efficiency in housing and corresponding careers in the AEC sector. The project is co-funded by CITB and SDS.

[29-02-2016] School pupils get hi-tech tour of construction sector

The ICE was invited to demo the iHR system at a seminar organised by the Scottish Construction Group that aimed to "offer pupils a glimpse of the future of the sector using the latest technology". The event was attended by 85 pupils from Glasgow secondary schools.

[29-02-2016] ICE showcases at ORE Catapult inauguration event

The ICE was invited to demo the iHR system at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult inaugration of its recently acquired 7MW offshore wind demonstration turbine at Levenmouth. Among the attendees and testers of the iHR system was Fergus Ewing, MSP and Scottish Government's Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism.

[29-02-2016] CyberBuild at Hack_Construction challenge

Fred represented the CyberBuild Lab at the Hack_Construct challenge this weekend organised by InnovateUK, Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CISC), BIM2050 and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN). The GeniLoci team he was part of even won the first prize!

[19-02-2016] Fred explores BIM with CIOB audience

Fred was invited to a CIOB CPD event to present his outlook on Building Information Modelling (BIM). The title of the presentation was "To BIM or not to BIM".

[19-02-2016] iHR at Glasgow Science Centre?

The ICE team was invited to demo its iHR system to staff of the Glasgow Science Centre with a view on a possible permanent setup there.

[29-01-2016] ICE Receives two CIOB International Innovation & Research (I&R) Awards!

The CyberBuild's ICE project has just received not one but two International Innovation & Research (I&R) Awards from the Chartered Institute Of Builders (CIOB). The iHR system received the Highly Commended Award in the Innovation in Education & Training Award category, and the AT-BAN received the Premiere Award in the Digital Innovation Award category.

[13-11-2015] Fred is keynote at CITA BIM Gathering 2015

Fred is delighted to having been invited to present the work done by the CyberBuild Lab as a keynote at the CITA BIM Gatherine 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.

[04-11-2015] BIM+ article on BIM SuperKTP

BIM+, the online magazine of the CIOB, has just released an interview of Andrew Turner, the leader of the BIM SuperKTP: "Interview: Henry Riley’s Andrew Turner: Virtual project road tests Level 2 BIM". Great for the project!

[15-10-2015] BIM+ article on UrbanPlanAR

BIM+, the online magazine of the CIOB, has approached us to run an article on the UrbanPlanAR: "Heriot-Watt developing AR app to visualise developments in real environment"

[07-10-2015] iHR to be piloted at Fife College

With the ICE team, we have secured a new project for piloting the iHR System for wind-turbine safety and maintenance training. In collaboration with Annimmersion Ltd., we will deploy a verison of our system on the campus of Fife College with a 'training game' enabling trainees to conduct inspection in realisitc (yet safe) conditions.

[21-09-2015] BIM+ article on the iHR

BIM+, the online magazine of the CIOB, has approached us to run an article on the iHR: "Research team reveals immersive ‘hybrid reality’ H&S training tool"

[01-09-2015] UrbanPlanAR joins the BIM SuperKTP

UrbanPlanAR has been asked to join the BIM SuperKTP initiative. We hope to demonstrate our system using their project design (developed with a process aimed at being fully compliant with BIM Level-2 requirements)

[06-08-2015] BIM2050 looks at ICE technologies for the future!

We have the great pleasure of showcasing our technologies (iHR and AT-BAN systems) to the CIC BIM2050 Group. These inspired construction practitioners seemed quite enthusiastic about our technologies and asked really good questions.

[09-07-2015] Scottish Water to trial the AT-BAN

Scottish Water has approached us to better understand our AT-BAN system and trial it. We very much look forward to work with and help them sustain the health of their employees.

[20-06-2015] UrbanPlanAR Starts - Press Release

Linknode and Heriot-Watt University collaborate in the UrbanPlanAR project to enhance visualisation of urban developments.

Want to know more?

Dr. Frédéric Bosché

Heriot-Watt University
EH14 4AS, Edinburgh, UK

+44 (0)131 451 4659