Everything you need to know on Scan-to-BIM

What is Scan-to-BIM?

Scan-to-BIM is the documentation of an existing building to allow for a digital planning methodology known as Building Information Modelling (BIM). Downstream applications for models made with the help of scan-to-BIM range from as-built documentation, facility management, project renovations and additions. Models created with scan-to-BIM are highly useful for comparing against topographic registration, original plans, and more.

BIM is used for the creation and management of data during the design, construction, and operation processes. The BIM integrates multi-disciplinary data to create comprehensive digital representations that are managed in an open cloud platform for real-time collaboration. Using BIM provides greater visibility, better decision-making, more sustainable options, and cost-savings for AEC projects. Our 3D laser scanners help us capture a high-density point cloud of a physical building, site or structure, enabling the creation and maintenance of a BIM model that reflects “as-is” conditions.

The process of Scan to BIM

  • Collection of Data: A 3D laser scanner is used to scan the targeted area/site. The collected data is in 3D point cloud set (3D coordinate system), covering the external area of the targeted area of an object.
  • Data is imported to a Modelling Software: The primary data captured in the point cloud is normally not visible, thus the point cloud is imported to point cloud modelling software to improve visualisation, data management, analysis and modelling.
  • Converting the Point Cloud to BIM Model: The point cloud data is extracted from the modelling software and imported to a BIM authorised software such as ArchiCAD or Autodesk Revit to create an intelligent BIM model. The software converts point cloud images into user-friendly formats like RCP, RCS, or PTS.

Benefits of a Scan-to-BIM Workflow

  1. Using scan-to-BIM reduces errors when planning extensions or renovations for buildings without existing structural and design documentation in a digital format. Scan-to-BIM uses 3D laser scanners on-site to build a precise and accurate point cloud dataset and model, working at the speed and scale according to the needs of a particular job. Dependable floor plans in modern and standardised formats can now be obtained easily.
  2. Provides quality assurance: Scan-to-BIM allows you compare progress against planning at each stage of a project. Using Scan-to-BIM enables more off-site inspections than on-site, reducing the need for travel without impacting on the quality of the assessment.
  3. On new construction projects in challenging locations near pre-existing buildings, you can depend on scan-to-BIM to provide tremendous value. For instance, nearby structures can be protected from damage using complete and up-to-date schematics of the utility works, allowing prior identification of problems before they occur.
  4. Scan-to-BIM can allow asset and facility managers of older properties to take advantage of efficiency improvements that BIM already provides to modern buildings. For instance, managers can reduce their carbon footprint by identifying where better insulation could be added. Also, reporting faults for maintenance work becomes more precise.

How we can help you

Leeds Measured Survey company provides efficient measured survey and 3D laser scanning which aims to help you finalise your project in a convenient time frame and schedule. Our measured building survey guarantees full solutions to all your construction projects, thanks to our knowledge of the importance of efficient and faster progress of your building projects across Leeds and the UK.

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    Author: Sonia
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