SCAN TO BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING (BIM) FOR LONDON SITES
3D LASER SCAN TO BIM
At our London based company Red Laser Scanning, we offer a ‘Scan-to-BIM (Building Information Modelling)’ service. This service involves a 3D laser scanning survey of a physical space or site. We will then create an accurate, digital representation of the space in BIM software such as Revit by using a 3D scanned point cloud as a background reference for modelling.
As a result, your client receives an accurate BIM model as well as 360 imagery of the scanned site. They will also receive a point cloud file for a virtual tour or extraction of any measurement purposes. We work with leading tools such as FARO S70 to create fantastic, 360-degree tours.
WHY USE “SCAN TO BIM” 3D LASER SCANNING SURVEY TO BUILD BIM FOR YOUR LONDON PROJECT
Model-based extraction of quantities and schedules of materials for accurate cost estimations
Allows us to create pre-construction project visualisations
A complete reduction of design errors due to clash detection and 3D visualisation
Accurate depictions equal safer construction sites
Reduction of production costs and labour time
Accurate BIM models created from 3D laser surveyed point cloud are hyper-precise
3D LASER SCANNING IN BIM
BIM stands for Building Information Modelling and is a type of software technology that allows building design professionals to virtually design, build, test and manage a new infrastructure before the construction phase begins.
In simple terms, BIM is a 3D model which contains information about all materials and their characteristics that were used to create said model with the assistance of Revit or CAD software.
Unfortunately, at the present time, not every design or architectural company can afford to start working in BIM. There are obvious reasons for this, such as the requirement to purchase more powerful machines that will run BIM software and large data files, as well as the training of staff to use BIM technology software.
However, as the statistics show, BIM usage has been increased by 12% in recent years. Now nearly three-quarters of those surveyed are ‘aware and using’ BIM, with a minuscule 1% unaware. BIM has gone from a niche platform to the norm and therefore seems like it may be the future of design and architecture. There is little wonder why more and more companies are turning to 3D laser scanning surveys for accuracy and confidence.
BIM software is a fantastic tool. In construction, refurbishment, demolition or conservation projects, where there is a need for accurate models of existing structures, it can be very time consuming and expensive to gather the as-built data of the existing site.
BIM models are also significantly easier to understand for clients who are not architects or designers. Instead of trying to read and understand hundreds of 2D drawings of electrical, mechanical, space planning drawings, a client receives a single robust model which contains all of that data in one package. It is a simple outcome from a full, comprehensive measured building survey.
BIM tools, Revit and CAD software have become popular in many industries in the past decade as its 3D design capabilities take drafting to a new level. This is, at least, compared to traditional 2D design standards, as it allows users to visualise and see the performance of a building before it gets built.
When ‘building’ a BIM model, quantities and schedules of materials are automatically generated in the background, giving the user an advantage of 5D capabilities. There are also 3D, 4D, 6D and 7D capabilities which BIM offers that cover 3D modelling, scheduling, sustainability (energy use of the building) and Facility Management of the building.
If you’d like to find out more about how BIM and 3D laser scanning could benefit your project, read our ‘Understanding BIM Uses’ post.