Working Remotely with 3D Repo: Viewing Issues via Microsoft Teams

By 22nd May 2020Announcements

Now more than ever people are turning to solutions that can help them work more collaboratively and ensure they can still deliver projects whilst working remotely. Video calling apps and other communication tools such as Microsoft Teams have been in high demand as we come to grips with a different way of working.

Collaboration, communication, and coordination are key fundamentals of the 3D Repo digital construction platform, and we’re constantly looking for innovative ways to make working easier for AEC professionals.

As shown in the short video below, we’ve used Microsoft LUIS in combination with Teams to make some simple API calls to 3D Repo’s database to return some useful information about a 3D model. LUIS (Language Understanding Intelligent Service) is a machine learning-based service that provides a language understanding cognitive intelligence to bots or other applications.

In this example conversation, Matthew makes a query by asking Teams to show open issues from 3D Repo. The words, “open issues” are recognised as a query by the chatbot, which knows to pull this data from the 3D Repo database. The chatbot also recognises that a specific project needs to be specified before moving forward and goes ahead and asks Matthew to state which one, which is the Lego House.

The second feature to point out is where Matthew pastes a URL from one specific issue from the Lego House model into Teams. Both people are able to view the image and metadata from that issue during a live conversation – much easier than sending screenshots!

Issues and practically any information could be pulled from 3D Repo due its open API.

You could also query groups, for example, the number of columns there are in a particular model during a conversation in Teams.

Find documentation on 3D Repo’s open API for access to all 3D Repo functionality, or to create your own customisable solution with the viewer API.

Want to know more about this integration with Microsoft Teams?

Get in contact with us today.


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