Canary Wharf to pilot BIM winner

An open source building information modelling (BIM) platform for collaboration in construction has scooped the £50,000 top prize in an innovation contest and will be trialled on London’s Canary Wharf. 3D Repo, a spin-off from research by Dr Josef Dobos in the Virtual Environments, Imaging and Visualisation Centre at University College London, won the prize in the virtual design and construction stream of Canary Wharf Group’s Cognicity Challenge.

The challenge also named two joint winners in its connected home stream: BlockDox and Puckily. Puckily’s innovation allows a range of devices around the home to be connected and controlled remotely, while BlockDox has developed an app that enables residents to perform everyday tasks, such as organising repair work and contacting management, more quickly and easily. As joint winners the two companies will combine their technologies.

Cognicity is a smart city accelerator programme designed and delivered by ENTIQ for Canary Wharf Group (CWG), which aims to support the development of ground-breaking technologies, drawing on the expertise of CWG executives and industry leaders including Intel and ARUP. Under the challenge, partners and sponsors provide guidance to the finalists for 12 weeks. Winners receive a £50,000 cash prize and have the chance to pilot their solutions in the ongoing development of Canary Wharf.

The three companies join the winners of the previous two phases, Polysolar, Voyage Control, SEaB Energy, and Demand Logic. Eight other innovators have also been invited by CWG to pilot their schemes on the Canary Wharf estate. Pilots are already in progress on the estate by companies including Strawberry Energy, which produces solar-powered benches for mobile charging, and Pavegen, a company that converts footsteps into electricity.

The other finalists for the virtual design and construction stream were:

  • BaseStone: a system that allows workers to remotely share data from a construction site in real time
  • CyberCity 3D Inc: a geospatial-modelling innovator that specialises in the production of smart 3D building models
  • iBISM: technology that integrates different communication protocols in the BMS sector to create a more connected planning process
  • Tridify: a platform that produces real-time, editable virtual environments, which can be displayed on a variety of devices to support and inform the planning process
  • Simudyne: a virtual decision-making platform for developers that can act as a sandbox during the planning process.

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