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Dr Jozef Dobos and Mr Tim Scully

Dr Jozef Dobos and Mr Tim Scully

Premier Award Winner 2016
3D Repo – Open Source BIM Platform

Research Abstract

3D Repo is an open source Software as a Service (SaaS) solution for large-scale collaborative Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the cloud. Instead of architects, engineers and stakeholders sharing proprietary files in a costly and time consuming manner, they can opt to point their web browser to an encrypted online repository in order to examine all project stages virtually, even on mobile devices. In the planning and design stages, 3D Repo is used by clients, planning authorities and the general public to evaluate the proposals. The same dataset can then evolve into a design coordination model that is iteratively refined by the consultants which transforms into as-built models through a dialogue between contractors and designers during construction. Upon delivery and handover, the same information can then be utilised by the facilities management team. Over 40 different file formats are decomposed and federated in 3D Repo’s big data repository. This enables 3D Repo to mix and match various data blocks and stream them directly to web browsers, game engines and even virtual and mixed reality experiences. Using its novel open systems, companies such as Arup, Balfour Beatty, Canary Wharf Contractors and Crossrail are able to host their projects securely in the cloud.

Winner's Bios

Dr Jozef Dobos

3D Repo Ltd.

Dr Jozef Dobos is the founder and CEO of 3D Repo Ltd, a spin-out from his doctoral research at University College London (UCL). After graduating as Master of Engineering in Artificial Intelligence from Imperial College London, he went on to obtain his Engineering Doctorate in Virtual Environments, Imaging & Visualisation (VEIV) from UCL. Throughout his studies, Jozef also completed Entrepreneurship at Imperial College Business School and New Venture Development at London Business School. In 2014, he was shortlisted for the Royal Academy of Engineering ERA Foundation Entrepreneurs Award. Jozef is a Chartered Engineer of the British Computer Society.

Tim Scully

3D Repo Ltd.

Tim Scully is the Chief Technical Officer at 3D Repo Ltd. In 2005, he received his BSc in Computer Science from University of Kent and is currently finishing his Engineering Doctorate in Virtual Environments, Imaging & Visualisation at University College London. As part of his doctorate, he was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Award. In 2010, his research in rendering of human skin was featured on the front cover of SIGGRAPH Asia proceedings. Prior to studying at UCL, Tim worked in the financial sector supporting traders in the ABN AMRO Bank offices in London, New York and Hong Kong.


Judge's comments

“This open data source innovation is an example of an open source approach to improving best practise in data management and analysis. This innovation is particularly impressive for the way it uses open source software as a basis for improving the accessibility to and utilisation of data that has already been created - allowing greater interaction and better quality decision making for different parties including; engineers, clients and construction professionals in any one project.”