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University of Wolverhampton School of Architecture and Built Environment selects Matterport digital twin technology to deliver differentiated education experiences

Matterport provides critical architectural education tool, streamlines COVID-19 safe reopening and campus management, and drives efficiency in supporting the local business community

SUNNYVALE, Calif. / London, United Kingdom —  Matterport, Inc., the leading spatial data company driving the digital transformation of the built world, which has entered into a definitive agreement to enter into a business combination with Gores Holdings VI (NASDAQ: GHVI, GHVIU, and GHVIW), has been selected by the University of Wolverhampton (UoW) School of Architecture and Built Environment (SoABE) to enhance its education programme, deliver innovative and COVID-19 safe learning experiences, and streamline its estate and facilities management. SoABE has also chosen Matterport to support a number of local businesses, resulting in significant efficiency savings.

The UoW has created 3D digital visualisations of its new £45 million Springfield Campus, where the School of Architecture and Built Environment is based. Scanning at multiple stages of the construction process has provided a vital learning tool for understanding architectural concepts. The 3D visualisations enable SoABE's 1,600 students across the architecture, construction, civil engineering and demolition disciplines to virtually experience the School’s major construction phases, providing unparalleled insight into everything from the steelwork to the ventilation and heating systems; a level of understanding of the construction process not previously possible.

David Heesom, University of Wolverhampton Reader in BIM modeling, commented: “Matterport is like a time machine, where current and future students can walk through different stages of the construction. Matterport’s accuracy, flexibility, affordability, and ease of use have proven valuable across our university and our community, with essential renovation, works approved on account of Matterport scans. Matterport has helped preserve our community heritage as well. Taking apart a building and reconstructing it in a new location is not a time-tested process but with Matterport, doing this accurately and effectively for historical preservation is suddenly possible. We have a lot of history, and a lot of stories, and Matterport is making preserving these important sites with care a reality.”

SoABE has also harnessed Matterport to deliver remote classroom learning experiences during COVID-19 lockdowns and create 3D, dimensionally accurate campus tours for prospective students. As lockdown lifts, SoABE is pioneering the use of Matterport’s spatial measurements to safely distance desks and tables in preparation for reopening classrooms and labs at the Springfield campus. 

SoABE is also capitalizing on Matterport technology to modernize campus management. Digital twins of the site provide detailed information such as plumbing works, enabling Facilities and Estates teams to more effectively plan and manage upgrades like AV installations. Using Matterport, technicians can easily see what is within each wall and analyze where to drill without puncturing vital lines, plumbing, or electrical cables. SoABE has also embedded 3D visualizations with detailed labels of specifications, costs, maintenance schedules, and videos for more efficient management, collaboration, and technician support.

Off-campus, the UoW is using Matterport 3D visualization and Building Information Modeling (BIM) technologies to create accurate, to-scale 3D digital twins of historical sites for local museums as it works to preserve the region’s industrial heritage. Matterport digital twins improve the accuracy of historical preservation by enabling sites to be more effectively dismantled, relocated to museums, and authentically reconstructed. 

Meanwhile, the UoW School of Architecture’s Environmental Technologies and Resource Efficiency Support Services (EnTRESS) program, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, is using Matterport for local business support projects, where it works with subject matter experts to improve energy efficiency and sustainability through the adoption of environmental technology. EnTRESS has used Matterport to document recommended building works. This has enabled local businesses to secure approvals for renovation projects which would otherwise have stalled due to pandemic restrictions on in-person site inspections. Using Matterport, EnTRESS also helped a local architect reduce site assessment time for a new Wolverhampton City building by 40 percent.

James Morris Manuel, Managing Director EMEA at Matterport, commented: “Matterport 3D visualizations provide new ways for people to analyze, manage and interact with the built world. Once created, these digital twins can be used for multiple purposes and expanded throughout the community for added benefits. It is exciting to see the University of Wolverhampton harness this to enable university students, employees, and community organizations to design, reconstruct, operate, and promote buildings more effectively. Matterport’s 3D and BIM technologies are key tools for advancing architectural learning and supporting the community. Leveraging Matterport paves the way for universities looking to embrace technology that makes an immediate impact for society.”

About Matterport
Matterport is leading the digital transformation of the built world. Our groundbreaking spatial computing platform turns buildings into data making every space more valuable and accessible. Millions of buildings in more than 150 countries have been transformed into immersive Matterport digital twins to improve every part of the building lifecycle from planning, construction, and operations to documentation, appraisal, and marketing. Learn more at matterport.com and browse a gallery of digital twins.

In February 2021, Matterport announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to enter into a business combination with Gores Holdings VI (NASDAQ: GHVI, GHVIU, and GHVIW), a special purpose acquisition company sponsored by an affiliate of The Gores Group, LLC, that will result in Matterport becoming a publicly listed company. Upon closing of the proposed business combination, the combined company will be named “Matterport, Inc.” and intends to remain listed on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “MTTR.”

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In connection with the proposed business combination, Gores has filed a registration statement on Form S-4 that includes a proxy statement of Gores, an information statement of Matterport and a prospectus of Gores. The proxy statement/information statement/prospectus is not yet effective. The definitive proxy statement/information statement/prospectus, when it is declared effective by the SEC, will be sent to all Gores and Matterport stockholders as of a record date to be established for voting on the proposed business combination and the other matters to be voted upon at a meeting of Gores’ stockholders to be held to approve the proposed business combination and other matters (the “Special Meeting”). Gores may also file other documents regarding the proposed business combination with the SEC. The definitive proxy statement/information statement/prospectus will contain important information about the proposed business combination and the other matters to be voted upon at the Special Meeting and is not intended to provide the basis for any investment decision or any other decision in respect of such matters. Before making any voting decision, investors and security holders of Gores and Matterport are urged to read the registration statement, the proxy statement/information statement/prospectus and all other relevant documents filed or that will be filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed business combination as they become available because they will contain important information about the proposed business combination. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the proxy statement/information statement/prospectus and all other relevant documents filed or that will be filed with the SEC by Gores through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov, or by directing a request to Gores Holdings VI, Inc., 6260 Lookout Road, Boulder, CO 80301, attention: Jennifer Kwon Chou or by contacting Morrow Sodali LLC, Gores’ proxy solicitor, for help, toll-free at (800) 662-5200 (banks and brokers can call collect at (203) 658-9400).

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