Wouldn’t it be great if you could just push the F5 key and your freshly captured point cloud would automatically generate a fully populated BIM model? Then you could start what you really wanted to do: check and resolve design clashes, exercise energy analysis codes to optimize power consumption (think LEED Platinum) and sequence construction operations so that MEP trades don’t trip over themselves.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could just push the F5 key and your freshly captured
point cloud would automatically generate a fully populated BIM model? Then you
could start what you really wanted to do: check and resolve design clashes,
exercise energy analysis codes to optimize power consumption (think LEED
Platinum) and sequence construction operations so that MEP trades don’t trip
You could also get the non-technical people – the ones
who can’t read drawings but write the checks,
engaged enough to make the decisions you need them to make -- and keep the
projecrt on schedule. If you’re the PM, you might sleep better knowing that at
least some of the project risk was contained --that you hadn’t bet your career
on some musty old drawings or some pretty pictures conjured up by a dreamy
designer. If you’re the owner’s rep, you might feel better knowing that the
contingency reserve might be protected from budget- and schedule-busting
Sorry Virginia, there’s no F5 button. But the tools and workflows
to get to BIM from scan data are a whole lot better than they were a year ago.
And in many instances, it's not necessary to model everything. Selective
modeling for clash detection can deliver 80% of the benefit for 20% of the cost.
To mangle former Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King, "modeling if necessary,
but not necessarily modeling."
There's work out there. A lot of it is
going to the organizations that have their scanning and BIM act
To help you, here’s what we have coming up at the SPAR 2010,
February 8-10 conference in Houston. Make no mistake, scan-to-BIM is real, it’s
here and you can start immediately.
Richard Gee, Region 5 BIM Champion,
U.S. General Services Administration and Robert
Mauck, Vice President, Virtual Design & Construction,
GHAFARI Associates will detail how scan-to-Revit model data and
work flows were significantly improved for over 1 million square feet of Federal
Plaza in downtown Chicago using Cyclone, EdgeWise and IFCs.
Murphy, Project Engineer, HNTB Corporation will
present on how HNTB used laser scanning to identify clashes for a revamp of a
32MGD water treatment plant.
Eric Hoffman will present a case study on integrating nearly
2000 scans with Revit directly to allow visual and dimensional verification of
the BIM model.
Dale Stenning, Operations Manager,
Hoffman Construction, will present case studies from recent
projects integrating scan data and BIM.
Josh Oakley, BIM
Manager, The Beck Group, will present on how his firm is
getting increased accuracy, condensed bid variance, schedule reduction, less
rework and improved quality control by using 3D imaging to generate BIM
Optira CEO Mitch Schefcik
will detail how his firm has integrated BIM models with IBM's MAXIMO maintenance
HKS's Manager, Advanced
Technologies, Pat Carmichael and Scott
Cedarleaf, Provide Solutions LLC will present current
case studies on BIM benefits for general contractors.
Smith, Executive Director, buildingSMART alliance will
introduce the work of the National Institute of Building Sciences to implement
interoperability standards for building information models.
Register before Friday, December 18.
conference details, visit www.sparllc.com
Scan to BIM Best Practices for Revamps
December 21, 2009