We’re back into the swing of things and very excited for what lies ahead for us in 2019. But first we wanted to quickly reflect on some of the awesome achievements 3D Repo had in 2018 including awards we are proud of, and projects and events we have been involved in.
We kicked the year off by joining a security roundtable discussion hosted by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and sponsored by Topcon, to discuss how digital technology is transforming the way we design, build, operate and maintain infrastructure. Drones, sensors, virtual reality, BIM – all offer exciting possibilities, but there are also security challenges that need to be addressed.
We were very excited to announce the release of 3D Diff, an industry first web-based, real-time BIM change detection software for 3D construction models. 3D Diff allows users to mix and match models from different modelling tools and pipelines and still be able to spot exactly what has changed over time between any two revisions.
3D Repo and a consortium of partners including Atkins, Mott MacDonald, Laing O’Rourke, Costain, Bentley, HS2, and Tideway won £25,000 to part fund development of SafetiBase – our online platform for the tracking and analysis of project risks and health and safety issues.
Our CEO, Dr Jozef Dobos also had the opportunity to present 3D Repo on primetime TV show Inkognito.
Osborne in partnership with Highways England, WSP and 3D Repo set up a Virtual Reality environment as part of a public information day at M27/A3057 Romsey Bridge. It was a huge success as members of the public virtually crossed the bridge and jumped down onto the M27 to view from the road. The possibilities for VR technology are endless. By importing the 3D GPR surveys into the BIM model a machine operator could use a VR headset to see the services in the ground before they go out to excavate!
3D Repo announced another industry first, an enhanced 3D Diff solution with Clash Detection that automatically identifies and highlights intersections and therefore potential conflicts, between different types of models. This was a very exciting solution because clashes can often cause serious delays in construction projects, so being able to spot clashes in real-time can make an enormous difference in the ease, speed and therefore cost of the rectification process.
An exciting announcement in July came when the Canary Wharf Group signed up to use 3D Repo’s cloud-based digital construction platform during design and construction, to allow collaborative co-ordination on the eagerly anticipated Wood Wharf project, the new district at Canary Wharf.
During the August/September period 3D Repo announced that it will debut Safetibase, an online platform for the tracking and analysis of health and safety issues, at the upcoming Digital Construction Week. Safetibase has been designed to be used on any sized project, and comprises a database of health, safety, and welfare issues linked to an online 3D repository of project date.
At this year’s Festival of Innovation and Technology (Techfest), 3D Repo very proudly scooped up the Start-up of the Year Award. Up against stiff competition, this was a fantastic way to start the busy awards season after we were able to demonstrate our successful journey from technology start-up to scale-up.
The sixth 3D Repo British Information Modelling event took place, attracting over 70 delegates from across the built environment industry. Another very successful event which saw industry experts sharing knowledge and answering questions in a lively panel discussion.
3D Repo celebrated double success at the Construction Computing Awards where we were presented with the ‘Cloud Technology of 2018’ award, and the ‘Health and Safety Software of 2018’ award for the newly released SafetiBase risk tracking feature.
3D Repo had an amazing 2018, concluding the year with a feature in BIM Today with an article on 3D Repo’s sixth British Information Modelling event.
We also plan to run three seminars in 2019 to present the latest and greatest in digital design and construction from across the industry so watch this space.
Our CEO, Dr Jozef Dobos also gave his predictions for 2019 in a short interview with BIM+ which you can read here.
Thank you for another great year and we’re looking forward to a successful 2019 and beyond.