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Exploring the world of Scan-to-BIM: Measured Surveys & BIM

All you need to know about Scan-to-BIM

A Scan-to-BIM process involves the use of a laser scanner to capture an accurate 3D scan of the real-world conditions on a particular project. The obtained scan data is then imported into a 3D modelling environment, creating either accurate as-built models, or informing the design with the new-world conditions. A scan-to-BIM enables the creation of a highly accurate three-dimensional digital representation of your building project in a reduced time span.

It is important to have precise measurements for a successful creation of accurate models. The accuracy of measurements and 3D model content in BIM-projects improves to new levels with 3D laser scans. Rely on our efficient scan-to-BIM survey in Bolton for a data-rich, connected as well as constructible workflow.

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The process of Scan to BIM

  • Scanning: A 3D laser scanner, that contains an eye-safe laser, rotating at high speed is placed on a tripod, is placed on a tripod. When the laser beam hits the solid surface, the position relative to the scanner is recorded as a 3D coordinate or point. Several of these points make a highly accurate digital picture, known as a point cloud. After the scanner collects sufficient points, colour images will also be captured for colourising the scans to create a realistic 3D representation.
  • Data is imported to a point cloud modelling software: The primary data in the point cloud is not visible enough, thus the point cloud is imported to point cloud modelling software to enhance visualisation, analysis, data management, and modelling.
  • Converting the Point Cloud to Scan-to-BIM: The point cloud data is extracted from the modelling software and imported to a scan-to-BIM authorised software such as ArchiCAD or Autodesk Revit, creating a BIM model. The software converts point cloud images into easy-to-use formats such as RCP, RCS, or PTS.

Benefits of a Scan-to-BIM Workflow

  • Our 3D scanned data results into accurate spatial data of the environment that generates precise data-rich BIM models.
  • Rely on our professional measured building surveys for a 360-degree photographic view of existing buildings and structures, capturing the texture of every material. This further helps in preparing the digital twins of an existing building and structures.
  • Scan-to-BIM data helps in the calculation of accurate Bill of Material (BOM) that reduces the chances of construction overruns.
  • Laser-scanned data generates Scan-to-BIM models utilised in the creation of as-built models for efficient use in facility management, maintenance and operation processes.
  • Precise BIM models obtained from point cloud data enables designers and building owners to make correct decisions on a renovation project.

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How we can help you

Bolton Measured Survey company delivers efficient measured surveys and 3D laser scanning. Depend on our expertise and experience and finalise your project in a convenient timeframe and schedule. Our measured building survey offers solutions to all your building and construction projects through our specialised processes and modern laser scanning technology.


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    Author: Sonia
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