Underwater drone in operation in the harbour basin outside the Knowledge & Learning Centre in Rødbyhavn. Photo: Zealand

29th August 2023 -

Activity levels are increasing at the Knowledge & Learning Centre (VLC), with the aim of supporting and strengthening Denmark's international position in green and sustainable mega-infrastructure construction.

During the summer, the centre was established at its new premises on the quayside at Vestre Kaj 66, DK-4970 Rødbyhavn.

"We are now ready to make the VLC facilities available to research and educational institutions and to companies that can, in close collaboration, exchange experiences and develop solutions to create value for the construction industry,"says Project Manager Jes Christiansen, Femern Belt Development, responsible for the running of the centre together with a wide range of partners (see fact box below).

Digitalisation of the construction industry
Zealand – (Business Academy Zealand) is a frequent user of the Knowledge & Learning Centre, both in connection with education - including their structural engineer programme - and research, and as part of Business Lighthouse Femern, which is a development project for sustainable construction and business development. The project shall ensure that the Fehmarnbelt link acts as a catalyst for future growth and development in Region Zealand.

"We place great emphasis on synergies and on creating links between our various activities within the construction with a focus on digitalisation of the construction industry and the use of drones. In using the equipment we have in our Femern Lab, it is possible, among other things, to conduct field tests and solve specific tasks, bringing students and companies together, allowing them to get to know each other, which creates networks and perhaps links to future jobs," says Associate Professor Jonas Lynge Nielsen, Zealand.

Technology and digital tools in the construction industry
Zealand recently held a workshop focusing on technology and digital tools in the construction industry in collaboration with Business Lolland-Falster, who wanted to give their members a first-hand impression of state-of-the-art equipment and at the same time inform them about what the Knowledge & Learning Centre can offer regional SMEs.

"With the Knowledge & Learning Centre and the equipment we have in our laboratory, we have the opportunity to introduce companies to equipment they may not be familiar with, but from which they can benefit. Most recently, we are working with underwater drones for underwater documentation, which could for example be of importance to the Fehmarnbelt project," says Jonas Lynge Nielsen.

Project Manager Jes Christiansen is pleased with the increasing activity in VLC.

"We are still in a start-up and build-up phase, but we can already see that the level of activity will increase significantly in the coming period, both in terms of education, research and development of concrete solutions for companies and, not least, activities in the Femern Lighthouse project," says Jes Christiansen.

Fact box:

Collaboration behind the Knowledge & Learning Centre:
Research and educational institutions: Danish Technological Institute (DTI), Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Zealand - Zealand Business Academy, Roskilde University (RUC), VUC Storstrøm and the vocational schools of Region Zealand.

Knowledge and business clusters: WE BUILD DENMARK (WBDK) and Odense Robotics.

Business promotion organisations: Business Hub Zealand and Femern Belt Development.

New premises for the Knowledge & Learning Centre in Rødbyhavn. Photo: Zealand