Reality Capture for more accurate As-Builts

Posted On 2020-04-03

Everything that is constructed needs to be measured, however, various hurdles are associated with this task. From painful, manual measurements and inaccurate process that result in costly revisions, to unreliable costing and forecasting of projects – these hurdles create a cycle of errors. From a project management perspective, the inaccuracies involved here lead to poor project scheduling and quality control. Additionally, the issue of disconnected design, construction and as-built is heightened. The good news is that these hurdles can be overcome by the Scan to BIM workflow.

Scan to BIM

So what is Scan to BIM? BIM or Building Information Modeling is an intelligent, collaborative process that allows multiple stakeholders to collaborate on the planning, designing, and construction of a building with one 3D model (Dekker, 2019). Scan to BIM refers to the process of capturing the built environment using 3D scanning technology and linking it to BIM design and processes. It can provide a faster, more accurate, more comprehensive method for capturing measurement data that is critical for the refurbishment or retrofitting of existing projects. The perks? The main advantage of Scan to BIM is the high geometric accuracy (up to millimeters) and very fast measurements (thousands or millions of points per second depending on scanner spec) – this is the first step in interrupting the abovementioned cycle of errors. This results in a decreased risk of mistakes and omissions. Not only that but Scan to BIM allows data to be collected over a considerably shorter period, which means project costs are reduced. Overall, Scan to BIM allows for effective collaboration between design, construction, and as-built capture.
Businesses that have adopted this workflow are winning more business, thus making them the trendsetters in their fields and giving them a competitive edge. Therefore to win more business and to promote leaner, better, faster and innovative ways to design and construct a better tomorrow, incorporate Laser Scanning Technology as well as BIM Intelligent Workflows into your existing processes today.

Written By: N. Javu | Baker Baynes PTY Ltd | 3 April 2020

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