RPS Software has been recognised as ‘Outstanding’ for their work with Liverpool John Moores University in developing design software for use in the Conservatory, Orangery and Garden Room markets that is based on the latest game engine technology.
Speaking about the award Managing Director Dave Blakeman said, “we started a journey three years ago to engage some of the brightest minds in software development to take our company and the industry we work in to a whole new level. We recognised that by developing better software and incorporating the latest developments in game engine technology into it, we could produce truly stunning 3D visual designs for homeowners looking to invest in conservatories, orangeries and garden rooms”.
“The journey has led to us developing Virtual Reality software and now Augmented Reality software and has put us at the forefront of companies offering software design packages in our industry.”
“I want to say a special thank you to all those who have worked alongside us on this – our staff, Liverpool John Moore’s University and our Knowledge Transfer Partnership funders Innovate UK. Their commitment to what we outlined as a potential outcome, and their dedication in working it through with us has been invaluable.”
“To complete the project, and then to be recognised as ‘Outstanding’ – the highest award achievable – is a testimony to everybody’s efforts, and we are understandably proud of what we have achieved.”
“In business terms, the outcome is game changing. The software we have launched into the market is amazing, with the most stunning graphics imaginable. For homeowners thinking about investing in a new room to enhance their home, having this kind of design software enables them to see their vision come to life in 3D with incredible lifelike detail before they commit. It is truly game changing for the industry.”
Chris Carter from Liverpool John Moores University said “Our partnership with RPS was a great opportunity for us to apply the knowledge of games development and immersive technologies that we have. Seeing the development of a business product leveraging the best of these was an exciting challenge. With the staff member allocated to the project for RPS holding a first class degree in computer games development, we knew that they would be able to deliver great technical skill to the project, but it was also pleasing to see them go on to develop an even wider skillset. With RPS being so dedicated and enthusiastic in their approach to embracing cutting edge technologies it made it much easier for the knowledge transfer to be a success. Seeing gaming technologies being used for a commercial enterprise with a real-world focus made this such an engaging challenge.”
Mick Card, RPS Software’s Knowledge Transfer Adviser for Innovate UK added “Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are challenging but highly rewarding when done well. RPS Software and Liverpool John Moores formed an excellent collaborative partnership, with fantastic mutual respect between all members of the team, always open to ideas and playing to each other’s strengths.”
“This has accelerated the staff member’s career, yielded new capabilities and supported an ongoing R&D culture at RPS Software. It has also inspired a new Master of Science programme for gaming students to apply their skills in industry. This is exactly why KTPs are so valuable and why Innovate UK and Innovate UK KTN are committed to delivering them. An exemplar partnership.”
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) aim to help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills within the UK knowledge base. This KTP project was funded by UKRI through Innovate UK.
For more information about the products developed through this partnership, including the Augmented Reality programme visit www.roofwright.com