As we welcome the New Year, we wanted to take a look back at what 2017 brought to 3D Repo, the various projects we were involved with and the people that make the whole company tick.
Right from the very beginning we started the year with a move to our lovely new offices to the 10th floor of 20 Eastbourne Terrace in Paddington. After more than two years with EIT Digital in White City it was a refreshing change moving us right next to Crossrail and coincidentally also to the same building as Skanska. Speaking of Crossrail, we also started work on our Digital Asset Management app under the Crossrail Innovate 18 programme in January.
Our first new joiner of the year was Andrew Norrie becoming Commercial Director of 3D Repo. He brought with him nearly ten years of sales experience from his previous appointments at SolidWorks and Graphisoft. We have also deployed our innovative use of Virtual Reality for Health & Safety training on the M5 motorway with Balfour Beatty and Vinci. At the same time, we have announced our participation in a Horizon2020 cybersecurity project with partners including BT, HPE and SAP among others worth 5m Euros. All this hard work was rewarded with a Premier Award for Digital Innovation from the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
Given our passionate support for open standards and open source development, we have also joined the Open BIM programme, further advancing interdisciplinary collaboration within the construction industry. This led to yet another article in the media. In addition, our cloud and big data expertise has also been utilised in an Innovate UK funded project with partners Skanska and BRE.
As part of the preparations for our third British Information Modelling event we announced an exciting lineup of speakers and presentations to take place at KPF Architects in London. Alongside, GeoConnexion run a two page article about 3D Repo being the new kid on the block and before the month was out, 3D Repo plug-in preview for Navisworks was already featured on the Autodesk App Store.
The third British Information Modelling hosted by Martin Coyne of KPF was hailed a great success by the delegates thanks to presentations from well known industrial players including IBM, HOK and Innovate UK as well as small innovative companies such as Utterberry and Unit9. Photos from the evening can be found here. The passionate work of everyone at 3D Repo was also rewarded by becoming an approved supplier to the UK Government via the G-Cloud Digital Marketplace.
The latest scientific paper on the integration of the Unity game engine with 3D Repo won the best paper award at the Web3D 2017 conference in Brisbane Australia. We also announced the latest release of 3D Repo with integrated support for BCF and enhancements to our Navisworks plug-in. National Infrastructure Forum in London was also a perfect opportunity to showcase the latest improvements in our handling of linear assets on projects with Highways England and Crossrail.
Our work on Crossrail and digital asset management resulted in an exciting case study with source code available on GitHub. In addition, we have started expanding the team with opening Full Stack and DevOps positions in London. Towards the middle of the summer, we have also participated in a round table discussion regarding the use of BIM for Health & Safety.
Right at the beginning of August, Carmen Fan became the CTO of 3D Repo. Together with her appointment, we have also announced that Dr Charence Wong of Imperial College London was joining us in the capacity of a Lead Research Developer. Another exciting development was the beginning of our long-term collaboration with Transport Research Lab (TRL) on the development of new web-based visualisation and Virtual Reality as part of the new Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Smart Mobility Living Lab in Greenwich.
Another major announcement of the year is our strategic collaboration and partnership with Bryden Wood. Together, we have developed a novel 4D visualisation in Virtual Reality for the construction industry which can display step by step changes as well as jump whole chapters. Our previous VR solution for Health & Safety was also shortlisted for the British Construction Industry Awards this year.
October marks our annual appearance at the Digital Construction Week which was kicked off with the fourth British Information Modelling evening, this time hosted by Ordnance Survey at their Geovation Hub in London. Photos from the evening can be found here. As part of the trade show, we have also unveiled 3D Repo version 2.0 based on the Unity game engine.
Later in the year, we also won the One to Watch category of the prestigious Construction Computing Awards, the prize for which was collected by Rob Jackson of Bond Bryan (pictured above) on our behalf. We have also unveiled new features in 3D Repo version 2.4 which include X-ray highlighting, improved clipping planes, colour coded job roles and 4D VR. In addition, Pavol started a blog series called BIM Forensics introducing code samples for IBM’s Node Red integration into 3D Repo.
The year was concluded with our sponsorship of the HS2 Hackathon in Transport Systems Catapult in Milton Keynes as well as the introduction of a digital web portal of Bryden Wood powered by 3D Repo. For those interested in Virtual Reality for the construction industry, we have also provided a handy summary of recommended VR hardware which was tested and approved by 3D Repo. Finally, as a bonus right at the end of the December, 3D Repo got featured on Wikipedia.
Thank you all for your support and we look forward to even more exciting year in 2018 and beyond.
– Dr Jozef Doboš, CEO