NEWS: 3D Repo platform to power Canary Wharf extension

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Cloud-based platform to provide collaborative co-ordination on Wood Wharf project, a new district at London’s Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf Group has signed up to use 3D Repo’s cloud-based digital construction platform, during the design and construction of the Wood Wharf project, a new district at London’s 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.

“Benefits of our platform include up to 20 per cent 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,” said Dr Jozef Dobos, CEO of 3D Repo. “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 2 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, says, “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.”

Using 3D Repo’s 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 is said to differ 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 APIs 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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