A partnership between two UK-based software developers, digital evidence platform eviFile and BIM collaboration platform 3D Repo, offers a combined digital evidence and BIM solution.
Two UK-based software developers, digital evidence data collection platform eviFile and cloud-based BIM collaboration platform 3D Repo, have formed a strategic partnership, allowing construction clients to access a powerful combined digital evidence and BIM solution.
eviFile and 3D Repo believe clients will achieve on average a 40 per cent more efficient programme through more effective data sharing, streamlining and reduction in time onsite. The companies have already been commissioned to work together on a major UK groundworks project.
Mobile data capture plus BIM
eviFile works via standard tablets and smartphones, enabling field operatives to use their device’s cameras and GPS capabilities to record works undertaken and completed. Every use is securely captured with information on time, date, geographical location, user and device orientation (see May 2017 post: eviFile – geo-located progressive assurance).
3D Repo enables real-time BIM management through a cloud-based collaborative approach. As the platform sits in the cloud and allows secure logins from any web browser, it produces significant efficiency savings for construction clients as well as their contractors and consultants who otherwise struggle to easily collaborate due to disparate systems with poor interoperability and large data sets.
The strategic partnership sees London-based 3D Repo provide revision control, issues management and BIM data analysis for clients, while Yorkshire’s eviFile provides project management, inspection test plan (ITP) completion and data relay back into the model in real time.
eviFile targets admissibility
Commenting on the partnership, eviFile managing director, Luke Allen (on left in photo), said:
“This is an industry-leading partnership which has huge potential for construction projects. eviFile stands apart in the sector for powerful and secure digital evidence collection which protects brands and avoids disputes. Combining this with 3D Repo’s modelling capabilities creates a compelling offer for construction companies, who can now track issues in the build stage within their modelling.
“We are always looking for better ways of doing things and this is just another way in which we are innovating. Construction technology start-ups continue to challenge the status quo and with this partnership we will create further commercial advantages for clients.”
eviFile is believed to be the first platform of its kind in the world to meet principles set out in the National Police Chiefs’ Council digital evidence guidelines for collecting data for use in legal disputes. 3D Repo is an approved supplier to the government under the G-Cloud 10 digital marketplace scheme.
3D Repo founder and CEO, Jozef Dobos (above, right), added:
“Linking these two systems means we can provide clients with richer data and a single source of information on their project. eviFile gives excellent photographic and nongraphical data and combining this with our in-depth 3D data management makes it easier and safer for field workers to locate and solve issues – which are then relayed back into the model. Bringing together the worlds of BIM and digital evidence has huge potential for the sector.”
[* Disclosure: I am a non-executive advisor to eviFile.]