Bryden Wood partners with 3D Repo to develop 4D Virtual Reality models for construction projects

Bryden Wood is partnering with 3D Repo to develop 4D sequence visualisation features for their database driven Digital Construction Platform. These features will allow users to visualise 3D construction projects, over time, directly from their existing BIM models. Outputs will be viewable not only in 3D Repo’s web based platform, but also by loading directly from the cloud and viewing via market leading virtual reality headsets such as Oculus and HTC Vive.

4D modelling is a term used in the construction sector and refers to the fourth dimension of time, so 4D schedule is a 3D model that includes the construction sequencing. This enables teams to analyse events on a time-line and visualise the duration it takes to complete tasks, within the construction process.

Phil Langley, Director of Bryden Wood said “We are delighted to work with 3D Repo and we see 4D as a key component of digital transformation, especially in the design for manufacture sector when applied to construction. Combining this with the latest technologies from 3D Repo will make for a powerful solution to benefit the industry as a whole. This is pioneering work – putting 4D into virtual reality – a first in construction we think.”

Jozef Dobos, CEO, 3D Repo said “When developing tools for the construction industry 3D Repo has always partnered with industry experts to guide our development. In Bryden Wood we have found not only experts in design for construction but also partners who really understand the power of innovation and how it can help the construction industry.”

3D Repo and Bryden Wood will be launching this new development at the upcoming Digital Construction Week (18th & 19th October) where visitors will be invited to try out the solution for themselves at 3D Repo’s VR workshop.

3D Repo, a spinout from University College London, 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.

Bryden Wood was founded in 1995 and has grown into a 150+ strong integrated design and operations consultancy for the built environment, whose activities span from analysis and business strategy, through architecture and engineering.

3D Repo, has been shortlisted for a prestigious British Construction Industry Award. These Awards have been recognising excellence in construction for society for 30 years, and have the backing of the Prime Minister through the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award. The awards will be presented on 11 October at a gala dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

In a year when a record breaking number of entries were submitted, 3D Repo, working with project partners Balfour Beatty and Vinci, was shortlisted in the category ‘Innovation in Product Design and Technology’. Using existing BIM 3D models and 4D plans with its cloud-based platform, 3D Repo is helping to improve worker safety on construction sites. As a result of the project ‘Virtual Reality for Zero Harm Training’, Balfour Beatty and Vinci had a zero accident rate on the project site.

Accessed via standard VR headsets, the 3D Repo simulation gave workers a 360 degree first person view of all the highlighted zones of potential hazards before they arrived on site. A user can walk freely within the site environment, teleport over large distances, interact with plant machinery and test their skills and appreciation of exclusion zones. Working alongside the M4/M5 Smart Motorway Scheme, more than 200 people have already experienced 3D Repo’s VR training programme. This scheme has already been awarded a Blue Star for innovation in safety by Highways England.

The latest announcement from 3D Repo follows completion of its third investment round, led by early stage venture capital investor Sussex Place Ventures (SPV), an independently managed venture capital company owned by London Business School.

“We are excited to support 3D Repo in the next phase of its development,” said Richard Gourlay, Managing Partner at SPV. “We are at the early stages of a digital transformation of everyday management of design changes and project coordination across a network of contractors working on large infrastructure projects. 3D Repo is at the technological forefront of these changes that affect the design and construction industries, and we are thrilled to be able to support the continued commercial growth of the company.”

“3D Repo has secured high profile contracts, appointed Andrew Norrie as Commercial Director and released a new version of its BIM software,” said John Davis, Chairman of 3D Repo. “The latest funding will help us build on the successes 3D Repo has already enjoyed across the construction sector.”