Laser Scanning for BIM (Building Information Modeling)

Truescan3D delivers data collected from 3D laser scanning in a variety of formats, including fully-formed Revit models. This process, sometimes referred to as “scan to BIM” takes data collected through 3D laser scanning, develops into a point cloud with millions of data points, and converts that information into a Building Information Model (BIM) in Revit.

The result is an accurate real-world model that can help you make fully-informed decisions. The models provide detailed information about existing utility networks and systems, surpassing outdated and potentially inaccurate 2-dimensional plans. Having a model generated for BIM enables design teams to use a singular accurate model of the existing conditions to design from and quickly pays for itself by reducing change orders and schedule interruptions.

Our experienced staff is able to deliver either the point cloud data needed for you to develop or update an existing Revit model for BIM in-house, or we can construct a finished Revit model for BIM, depending on your specific needs and comfort levels with regard to working with the data.

Although we often work in Revit, Truescan3D is able to deliver data in a variety of different formats to ensure it is easily accessible to you.

How long does it take?

Depending on the complexity of a project, laser scanning in the field is sometimes completed in as little as a day and Truescan3D can sometimes deliver a point cloud data along with 2D plans or a 3D model within a week.  Obviously, projects come in many shapes and sizes, and some may require more time to accurately measure and model everything.  With more than seven years of scanning and modeling experience, our team can help you develop a realistic schedule for your next scanning project.

What is the advantage of a BIM model over existing plans?

The BIM deliverables produced by Truescan3D closely represent actual real-world conditions.  If a contractor placed utilities in the wrong location, or if a column was placed in the worng spot, that will be clear in the model.  Our models help you plan based on the actual building conditions rather than the building that was supposed to be built.

“Having a model helped me to visualize a simple revision to the design that ended up saving a full 10 months out of the construction schedule.”

Paul Schmidt, Senior Project Manager, Messer Construction