London, 27 March 2018 – 3D Repo has released a new version of its cloud-based BIM platform that allows users to simultaneously access, via the web, the latest 3D construction models, detect changes, collaborate on them and make informed decisions. With more than 30 enhancements and service improvements, the latest version of 3D Repo includes support for the most recent open standard Building Collaboration Format (BCF) to improve BIM workflow communication; as well as live base map integration offering real-world project context.
The newly released 3D Repo v2.8 also includes additional support for mobile devices in Beta, including Android and iOS through a mobile web browser, Xbox controller support and support for FBX files with embedded textures.
“3D Repo Version 2.8 is all about extending the reach of the functionally robust and feature rich 3D Repo platform,” commented Dr Jozef Dobos, CEO of 3D Repo. “With additional exchange formats supported and new hardware options added we are making it even easier to share, access and collaborate on complex 3D models. The new version will improve communication, and therefore decision making, and increase collaboration beyond the traditional file based BIM workflow and data confines.”
The ability to import and export BCF files gives users of the 3D Repo solution a more efficient way to communicate design issues within their current workflow. The BCF file format is a vendor neutral solution for collaborative design, construction and operation information exchange. It allows topics, such as issues, proposals and change requests, to be encoded and addressed within the BIM model. This removes the need to manually locate an issue, using only a description or screenshot, reducing confusion and potential errors while speeding up communication.
Live map integration, with current support for standard base map tiles and additional publishers and data layers on the roadmap, provides real-world context for 3D models. The inclusion of Geographical Information System (GIS) data also allows for external factors, such as proximity of another building or feature, to be included within the design and construction decision making workflow.
Xbox controller support is also included with the new version of 3D Repo to make the navigation of large models easier and more intuitive. Support meanwhile for the Autodesk FBX file format, with embedded textures, provides better interoperability between digital content creation applications and 3D visualisation models, especially when using the 3D Repo Dynamic VR.
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3D Repo is a multi-award winning company offering a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform for Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the cloud. Instead of architects, consultants and contractors sharing massive proprietary files in a costly and time consuming manner, they can simply point their web browser to an encrypted knowledge base in order to examine each project stage virtually, even on mobile devices.
With 3D Repo, users can manage model revisions and highlight potential issues using live collaboration tools, which allow the whole project team to work from a single source of truth. More than 40 different 3D file formats are decomposed and federated in the company’s big data repository. Additionally, the project knowledge base can be accessed via VR giving a live experience which has applications in Health and Safety training and client experiences.
3D Repo also includes patent pending technology to identify, in real-time changes and clashes in 3D models. By comparing the actual geometry of a model rather than underlying, software specific object IDs or labels, 3D Diff Change Detection can identify changes between models from different sources. 3D Diff Clash Detection automatically highlights intersections, and therefore potential conflicts, between different types of models.
The 3D Repo team has collaborated on a number of large scale projects with companies such as ARUP, Balfour Beatty, Skanska, Crossrail and Canary Wharf Contractors. http://3drepo.org/