Gammon Construction & 3D Repo join forces to improve safety in construction

by Samiyah Mokaddus
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Gammon Construction Limited has formed a strategic partnership with 3D Repo, a multi-award winning cloud-based platform for building information modelling (BIM) data.

Gammon is the first organisation in Hong Kong to use the 3D Repo platform, which is equipped with SafetiBase, a 4D tool that helps improve health and safety through collaborative risk identification.

The new partnership will see Gammon Construction’s digital innovation business, Digital G, promote and provide support for the 3D Repo BIM platform to users in the Hong Kong, Singapore, and Macau regions.

The partnership follows Gammon’s recent roll-out of 3D Repo and SafetiBase on high-profile projects, such as the new HK$4.75b Advanced Manufacturing Centre (AMC) project in Hong Kong.

Following the success there are plans to scale on other Gammon projects and co-develop solutions for 4D modelling, IoT, and immersive BIM CAVE environments.

Paul Evans, Gammon executive director and CTO, said: “Safety is a high priority for Gammon, and we are exploring how technology can help mitigate and manage risk.

“We conducted a number of trial use-cases of 3D Repo on our AMC project, such as the 4D modelling capabilities to play through high risk and repetitive sequences to identify potential safety issues and explore mitigation options.

“We quickly realised the value in 3D Repo’s health-and-safety-issue tracking tools, which allowed our project team to view potential problems and collaboratively resolve them in 3D before physical construction started.”

Referring to the use of 3D Repo on the AMC project, Ryan Wong, senior construction manager at Gammon E&M, said: “We found that questions expanded beyond safety and resulted in the team asking questions about quality and the practicalities of construction.

“Many of the queries would have been picked up later, such as has specialist plant and equipment been procured?

“How is it going to get in and out? Where will it be stored? But the proactive 4D workshops picked these items up early, saving us time and potential complications down the line.

“We are now exploring options on how to enhance collaborative planning with 3D Repo, such as using immersive technologies like a BIM CAVE.”

Dr Jozef Doboš, founder and CEO at 3D Repo, said: “We are delighted to be partnered with Gammon Construction and Digital G, who are experts at bringing innovative digital solutions and smart technology to the construction industry.

“The 3D Repo platform has helped numerous large and complex projects in the UK and Canada to push the boundaries through digital construction, and we’re excited to bring those benefits to new territories through the expertise of Digital G.”

Gammon Construction is jointly owned by Balfour Beatty and Jardine Matheson.

Image: 3D Repo in use with the SafetiBase tool


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