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11 Oct  |  Conference News

Bryden Wood and 3D Repo to launch development of 4D VR models

Bryden Wood and software service provider 3D Repo, have teamed up to launch the development of 4D sequence visualisation features, for its database driven Digital Construction Platform. They will be launching this new development at Digital Construction Week (18-19 October) http://www.digitalconstructionweek.com/home, where visitors will be able to try out the solution for themselves at 3D Repo’s VR workshop. 

The free exhibition runs alongside the Digital Construction Week thought leadership conference, which has been co-curated by the UK government’s Digital Built Britain Strategy, and boasts five themed seminar streams covering: visualisation, geospatial, industry 4.0, tech and BIM. In addition to the free seminar content, visitors will be able to meet the “teams behind the tech” in each themed area, with experiential exhibition stands offering demonstrations on how these innovations can revolutionise the way people work, with hands-on demos, advice and real-life project insights.

The features of 4D sequence visualisation 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 them from the cloud and viewing via virtual reality headsets, such as Oculus and HTC Vive. 4D modelling refers to the fourth dimension of time, so a 4D schedule is a 3D model that includes the construction sequencing. This enables teams to analyse events on a time-line and visualise how long it takes to complete tasks, within the construction process. 

Phil Langley, Bryden Wood, Architecture, Board Director comments: “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. This is pioneering work – putting 4D into virtual reality – a first in construction we think.”  

3D Repo, a spinout from University College London, is a multi-award-winning company offering a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform for BIM in the cloud. Instead of architects, consultants and contractors sharing huge proprietary files in a costly and time-consuming manner, they can point their web browser to an encrypted knowledge base to examine each project stage virtually, even on mobile devices.

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