Advantages of adapting Scan to BIM for As-Built Modeling

Advantages of adapting Scan to BIM for As-Built Modeling

What is Scan to BIM?

Scan to BIM utilizes 3D laser scanning technology to capture an existing building, site or structure as point cloud data which is then used for creation of BIM models. These Intelligent 3D models accurately depict the as-is condition of the building or site. Today, Scan to BIM Services can be used for a variety of reasons like documentation, renovation, refurbishment, fit-out works or for facility management. Scan to BIM is also increasingly being used for creating As-built BIM models.

What is As-Built Modeling?

As-built BIM models reflect the changes that have taken place during the onsite construction process and note the difference between the original building plans and the final output. It notes all the changes in the location of components, records the differences in materials, fabrications, dimensions etc. They also act as proof for the contractor to corroborate all the changes that have been made during the onsite construction phase.

What are the advantages of Scan to BIM?

The foremost advantage of Scan to BIM is that it is a more reliable process for renovation, refurbishment or facility management of any building. By providing accurate information it leads to better and more informed decision making and project alteration. BIM model created from the point cloud data fosters collaboration, enhances transparency and ensures that there are no errors due to misinformation. It also has tools that can increase the process of coordination between different disciplines so that there are no hard, soft or workflow clashes which could lead to reworks and budgetary overruns. Finally, Scan to BIM also leads to more sustainable construction as knowing the exact condition of the building components can allow a lot of materials to be reused. Finally, BIM provides all the information that would be required by the AEC professionals and saves time by avoiding reruns to the construction site.

What are Advantages of As-Built Modeling?

As-Built Modeling Services is the most effective way to record all the changes that have been done by the contractor onsite during the construction process. It provides all the information regarding the location, manufacturer’s details, asset number etc. which could be extremely useful for facility management. By providing all the information facility managers can ensure timely updating of components and can carry out quick repairs whenever necessary. Moreover, having a proper record of the final building documents could also be very helpful when it comes to rebuilding, renovation or refurbishment. They also provide a guide for which building components were used and then track their functioning throughout the building’s lifecycle so that the AEC professionals know whether to use it for future or not.

Scan to BIM for As-Built Modeling:

Once the building has been constructed a lot of AEC companies today conduct a laser scanning and the resultant point cloud data is then used to update the existing BIM models with all the changes that would have been made onsite. These As-built models are accurate and of high-quality ensuring that the resulting actions carried out will be without any errors. Traditional surveying methods are time-consuming and often inaccurate as they are largely dependent on the technician’s understanding, his judgements etc. Moreover, with laser scanning even the smallest component or smallest building design element can be visible and thus analyzed and accounted for. Thus, architects and engineers can by using laser scanning and its resultant point cloud data to create as-built BIM models can bring accuracy and quality to final output leading to better end goals. 

Written By:
Dhvani Badheka
Dhvani is an irreverent writer who has over 4 years of experience under her belt. She is a life-long learner and a quick study which provides her articles a unique insight. She is always reading, researching new materials and trying to expand her knowledge of the AEC industry so that she can create interesting and valuable content.