Cloud to power Canary Wharf’s digital transformation

Canary Wharf Group has signed up to use London-based digital construction innovator 3D Repo’s cloud-based digital construction platform, during design and construction, to allow collaborative co-ordination on the anticipated Wood Wharf project, the new district at Canary Wharf.

Building on work to date, including use during the design of basement structures and construction of cooling towers, the project has already seen utilisation of the 3D Repo platform by project partners such as Allies Morrison, Thornton Tomasetti, Adamson Associates, AECOM, John Robertson Architects, Gardner and SWECO.

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Dr Jozef Dobos, CEO of 3D Repo, said: “Benefits of our platform include up to 20% reduction in on site errors as per the Government’s Construction 2025 targets and a reduction of up to 50 per cent in the time taken to resolve key issues. Other major improvements include increased consultant and sub-contractor accountability, and easy traceability of design issues, as well as overall improvements in design coordination for all parties involved.”

With an estimated completion in 2023, Wood Wharf has been designed to provide a new residential led, mixed use waterside community. The masterplan, designed by Allies and Morison Architects, will provide up to 3,300 new homes, nearly two million square feet of office space and a further 380,000 square feet of shops, restaurants and community uses including a primary school and GP’s surgery.

Richard Bray, Project Executive, Canary Wharf Contractors, said: “With the aim of delivering a workable virtual design of the complex Wood Wharf project, communication is key, and by utilising the 3D Repo platform, we can account for coordination and issue-resolution to ensure the delivery of a workable virtual design.”

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Using 3D Repo’s award winning digital construction platform, users can, in a web browser, automatically federate the latest 3D models, track issues and assign tasks in real time, as well as analyse geometry and BIM data using tools such as the patent pending 3D Diff solution for model comparison and version control.

The 3D Repo platform differs from traditional collaboration tools in that it utilises a component-based database making the 3D model the gateway to all information. It also offers a full set of API’s to help with integration and custom development – meaning that information can be made live, useful and accessible throughout the entire project lifecycle.

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Nick Ismail

Nick Ismail is a former editor for Information Age (from 2018 to 2022) before moving on to become Global Head of Brand Journalism at HCLTech. He has a particular interest in smart technologies, AI and...

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