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Open source BIM platform to be piloted at Canary Wharf

An open source building information modelling platform created at University College London has won the chance to be piloted at Canary Wharf.

The 3D Repo scheme won first prize in the Virtual Design and Construction category of the Cognicity Challenge.

The competition was run by the Canary Wharf Group to identify groundbreaking technology to create smart cities.

3D Repo’s award follows news that a ‘smart’ bench allowing people to charge their phones and use the internet would be piloted at Canary Wharf after winning an award in the same challenge.

Canary Wharf Group chairman and chief executive Sir George Iacobescu said: “We chose to run the Cognicity Challenge to identify companies and technologies which will help ensure that Canary Wharf Group’s developments remain among some of the most advanced in the world.

“Collaborating with 36 start-ups has provided the opportunity to appraise our own processes and understanding of innovation in the smart cities arena, at the same time as helping shape their thinking and products. We are looking forward to the piloting phase and its outcomes.”

Developed by Jozef Doboš, Niloy Mitra and Anthony Steed in the Doctoral Training Centre in Virtual Environments, Imaging and Visualisation at University College London,  3D Repo’s sponsors include the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Arup Foresight, Innovation & Incubation.

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