Scan-to-BIM – The Benefits for Designers, Builders and Clients

Scan-to-BIM – The Benefits for Designers, Builders and Clients

29th January 2019

Last week we wrote an article explaining the term “Scan-to-BIM”, a combination of drone technology and 3D laser scanning which is beginning to make inroads in the construction industry here in the UK.  As we explained, it’s not just drone technology that’s used, but surveyors attempt to scan in a number of ways, both aerial and terrestrial in order to obtain all the information necessary to produce a complete point cloud dataset for a project and the foundation of a highly detailed BIM model, offering more accuracy than ever before.  Today we’re going to list the major benefits scan-to-BIM offers for construction projects, both here in the UK and overseas.

Scan-to-BIM Benefits:

  • The laser scan to BIM process helps in achieving transparency.
  • 3D laser scanning offers a fast and accurate method of collecting millions of measurable data points in seconds, with enhanced accuracy at all times.
  • The 3D model generated by this technique provides better performance, greater quality assurance and enhanced reliability.
  • Scan-to-BIM can help reduce costs of the project, effectively reducing the overall budget significantly.
  • Scan-to-BIM can be used on retrofit and refurbishment projects, as well as on new building projects, giving a level of flexibility for all types of design and build projects. 
  • The enhanced visualisation provided aids clients in making decisions on the design of the building.
  • The enhanced communication process provided by scan-to-BIM ensures more effective collaboration between all parties involved in a construction project.
  • Any alterations necessary in the model can be carried out easily offering a higher level of quality control.
  • The model enables decision makers to make an informed decision more rapidly than ever.
  • Mistakes can be corrected or avoided entirely at the early stage of a project’s lifecycle, reducing both the risks and costs associated with any rework that would have otherwise been necessary.
  • It enables the design and production of sustainable structures necessary for the future.
  • Scan-to-BIM offers an easy way of comparing design intent to as-built conditions.
  •  It helps with spatial analysis.

The Software Benefits:

  • Scan-to-BIM allows for the creation of 2D drawings from the 3D point cloud data.
  • The software features integral tools for creating specific elements such as walls, pipes, columns, etc.
  • It enables the accurate renovation of old, historic structures – this is of particular concern here in the UK where we have so many marvellous old and ancient buildings that should preserved for the enjoyment of future generations.
  • The dimensions collected using scanning techniques are more accurate and precise, allowing for improved accuracy.
  • Scan-to-BIM software enables clash detection and eradication at the touch of a button.