Building Information Modelling
Hi! My name is Jozef Doboš and I’m the founder and CEO of 3D Repo Ltd.
Dr Jozef Doboš, founder & CEO, 3D Repo Ltd
3D Repo is a spinout from my research in Virtual Environments, Imaging and Visualisation at University College London that was sponsored by Arup.
Throughout my studies it became apparent that collaboration on large-scale architectural projects is rather difficult. Multidisciplinary design and construction teams are always composed of different companies. What is more, the myriad of 3D software being used makes it hard to exchange data efficiently.
This problem was also recognised by the UK Government. In 2011, the Cabinet Office mandated the use of collaborative Building Information Modelling on all public construction from 2016 onwards.
3D Repo develops open source 3D control systems
At 3D Repo we develop an open source 3D version control system for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry.
Instead of architects, consultants and contractors sharing massive proprietary files in a costly and time consuming manner, with 3D Repo they can examine all project stages via a web browser even on mobile devices.
Over 40 different types of 3D files are decomposed, optimised and uploaded to a remote database so that they can be easily coordinated in the cloud.
From academic prototype to commercial-grade solution
With the help of Innovate UK funding we’ve managed to turn an early academic prototype into a fully-fledged commercial-grade solution.
This was successfully tested on the Olympic Stadium Transformation project as well as on the Wood Wharf New Phase development.
Going through the Innovate UK Smart program also helped us secure two rounds of investment and grow the company to six full-time staff.
Collaborating with large industry
We are now undergoing our second grant Digitising the Construction Sector in collaboration with Balfour Beatty and the Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS). The aim is to develop an open online tendering platform called Bid4Free .
We are also piloting the open source platform with commercial partners and introducing further changes in line with the 2016 mandate.
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