London (February 25, 2021) – 3D Repo, creators of cloud-based design collaboration in Building Information Modelling (BIM), today announced that it has received an Epic MegaGrant, which will be used to build a new data delivery platform for the AEC industry.
Harnessing the power of Unreal Engine’s advanced real-time technology, 3D Repo has created an infinitely scalable 3D rendering and data delivery platform that allows AEC users to share and view massive and complex 3D engineering models online.
Via open APIs, the 3D Repo version control cloud connects with Unreal Engine, where pre-optimised assets are dynamically loaded directly into a running game giving users the ability to log in via their 3D Repo credentials and seamlessly retrieve any of their assets on the fly.
This is made possible through a persistent storage layer rather than parsing and baking assets into a new game executable each time an asset revision is created.
“Over the past two years, we’ve seen a gradual shift from BIM to Digital Twins, with more and more clients requesting high visual fidelity for both engineering and client presentation purposes, and the ability to explore vast 3D scenes in real-time.” shared Dr Jozef Dobos, CEO, 3D Repo. “Our new digital twin streaming solution is a major breakthrough that will enable AEC professionals to collaborate remotely using very large and complex 3D models across the web. 3D Repo is delighted to receive the Epic MegaGrant to help push the boundaries and improve efficiency and quality of construction in the UK.”
“The new 3D Repo data delivery platform for Unreal Engine enables remote collaboration using very large and complex 3D models through the power of Unreal’s real-time technology.” said Ken Pimentel, AEC Industry Management, Epic Games.“AEC professionals are running into a wall trying to visualize large-scale projects using existing solutions, and this effort shows what’s truly possible when innovative teams collaborate for a mutual goal.”
Launched in 2019, Epic MegaGrants is a $100 million program that continues Epic Games’ long-standing commitment to the success of all creators and is designed to service and assist game developers, enterprise professionals, media and entertainment creators, students, educators, and tool developers doing outstanding work with Unreal Engine or enhancing open-source capabilities for the 3D graphics community.
The 3D Repo platform provides support for a variety of engineering file-formats including native support for IFC, Autodesk Revit, FBX, Bentley DGN, SPM, and many more, plus a selection of plug-ins and integrations including cloud-based version control and data optimisations. This places 3D Repo in a unique position to offer a data delivery platform to democratise the creation and deployment of 3D visualisations through persistent data storage in the cloud.
The integration library is now freely available for download at https://3drepo.com/downloads/#plugins