Early examples from the Innovate UK funded ‘AEC Delta Mobility’ project show great progress towards creating a new standard that will allow designers, integrators, and fabricators to live-stream design changes to 3D models instead of sharing large files over-and-over again.
Taking the challenge head-on is Buro Happold, 3D Repo, Speckle Systems, UCL Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management and Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group, with external support from HOK, and Atkins.
Via a £1m grant from Innovate UK, the project aims firstly to help engage manufacturers in the early design stages and result in the increased pre-manufactured value of build assets across the construction sector, and secondly, to increase the productivity of construction projects by over 15%.
Currently, the sharing of information e.g. .rvt or .qgs files comes in the form of sharing entire 3D models with large payloads that can make coordination very challenging. Tracking changes can also be problematic and inefficient for design communication.