Scan to Building Information Model (BIM) is the latest technological advancement in renovation projects. It has been hailed by industry experts as the new standard for 3D models, some regions going so far as to make it mandatory for building professionals. Adoption is only expected to increase as BIM becomes more and more commonplace for construction projects.
But what is Scan to BIM? Also known as Scan data Revit and Scan to Revit BIM Services, Scan to BIM is an add-on for Autodesk Revit that involves using laser scanning to create a point cloud map of a structure, which can then be used to create a highly detailed and precise 3D model.
In this article, we’ll show you exactly how the technology works and how it can give your company a competitive edge for your next project. Know more about our Building Information Modeling Services
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How to Use Scan to BIM
Archinect identifies 7 main uses for 3D Point Clouds:
- Production of a comprehensive building information model (BIM)
- Facility management applications (ex. Space management, plant management)
- Instant procurement of existing room measurements for rental or valuation purposes
- Review of alteration and addition plans
- Conducting aspects of an energy efficiency survey or audit
- Confirmation of as-built systems as evaluated against LOD400 digital fabrication BIM
- Creation of virtual fly-throughs of existing structures
These are based on Scan to BIM’s key features, which include tools such as construction geometry, mesh modeling, clean topography extraction and more. Through these, you gain access to identification of wall and pipe batches in addition to the point cloud and interference diagnosis of geometry vs point cloud contrast. All the data can is imported and exported in a comprehensive format tailored to be used in combination with electronic surveying equipment.
Naturally, the most prominent application of Scan to BIM is retrofit and conversion projects. The technology is the best method of the market for extracting exact and complete construction information from as-built buildings. As urban areas like Toronto have begun renovating and refurbishing older buildings at an increasing rate, implementing this technology is a way for building professionals to leverage quality and project efficiency.
At BluEntCAD, we specialize in providing construction drawings and 3D models for these projects to be used by architects, facility management companies, real estate agents and more. Our Scan to Revit BIM services are achieved using the most advanced software at the hands of drafters with years of professional experience in the craft.
How the Technology Works
Now let’s delve deeper into the actual process of using Revit Scan to BIM. Although laser scanning is at the heart of the technology, it only encompasses one aspect of the practice as a whole. The entire progression can be broken down into four main steps:
Step #1: Survey control
Professionals arrive at the proposed location to position and install the laser scanners on site in order to prepare for extracting the as built information from the location. Permanent and temporary 3D survey control markers are established to prepare for scanning. These controls will be used to set parameters for the scan and enable the point cloud to be examined for accuracy later on.
Step #2: Laser Scanning
The next step is to begin the process of sending or throwing laser beams at various part of the structure. It is important not only to scan every surface of the building, but to scan each service from different angles to obtain a comprehensive model of the space. as soon as the laser beams come in contact with a surface, they return the information to the scanner along with the point cloud data that will make up the 3D model.
Step #3: Processing
The spatial data obtained from laser scanning is downloaded and processed at regular intervals. It is then collected so the scan clouds can be registered together and compared against survey control to check for quality and accuracy. Once this is complete, the information can be given to architects, engineers, and modelers.
Step #4: Modelling
The final stage is harnessing BIM software to develop as-built drawings and models from the point cloud data. Autodesk Revit is equipped to read the data and enable modelers to combine, analyze, and present the information through high-quality 3D models that use the point cloud to represent the structure as precisely as possible.
Now that we’ve broken down the process, it’s easy to see how useful Scan to BIM can be for a project. Some of the key benefits of Scan data Revit include improvements in:
- Spatial analysis
- Cost analysis
- Visualization capabilities
- Estimation accuracy
- Design risk reduction
- Health and safety standards
- Operational efficiencies through real time updates to the model
The advantages also extend to client interactions, as you’re able to provide to stakeholders the truest interpretation of the final product that technology will allow.
The BluEnt Advantage
Developing as built BIM-ready models may seem simple, but it is essential to bring experienced professionals on to the project. This way, you can be sure to obtain point cloud data correctly and efficiently and reduce errors in design and modeling. In the long run, the accurate cost estimates and quick turn around will earn you significant savings in cost and project duration.
BluEntCAD offers our clients an easy and efficient migration from CAD to BIM platforms with the assistance of industry experts and recognized BIM consultants to bring them to the forefront of technological innovation effortlessly.
Our BIM Studio for Canadian builders, developers, contractors and engineering firms works as a local extension of your in-house design team with advantage of global outreach. Our studio has been a leader in creating Scan to BIM solutions in North America and are experience with working with architects, engineers, and professional land surveyors to provide quality results for our clients.
To learn more about how the BluEnt BIM Studio can make your next project your most revolutionary to date, give us a call today.
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