Scan to 3D/BIM

In partnership with South West College, we have carried out a number of 3D scan surveys for R&D purposes and as a supplementary service to our clients:

  • As a test project, we undertook a 3D Scan of a local bike shop and developed a point cloud of the scan survey. The interior of the building was packed with bicycles and parts making this a particularly good application of 3D laser scanning technology. Access to the majority of walls would have been impossible for manual tape measurements and distos without major clearance of the area at a cost of service disruption to the client. Trialling several different Scan to BIM software applications, we developed a 3D model of the premises from the survey point cloud which the client hopes to use for renovation & extension purposes in the near future.
  • 3D Scan R&D activity was brought to the fore to support Roofscape with the pricing of re-clad works to an existing hotel. A lower lying entrance roof hosting a significant amount of M&E plant prevented traditional access to the main front façade for measurement. PIM Smart delivered a solution involving 3D survey, point cloud and as-built model of the existing building façade. The 3D point cloud was particularly useful for assessing flatness of the existing façade and identification of areas which would have required remedial works. The proposed re-clad solution was then modelled by PIM Smart and Roofscape directly generated quantities for pricing from the 3D model. The accuracy from this approach over traditional measurement of drawings marked a significant milestone for both PIM Smart’s service and Roofscape’s utilisation of same.
  • We are currently working with South West College and Ulster University on a Connected funded project involving a 3D scan survey of an existing building in Omagh. We carried out the 3D survey of the building on behalf of the academic partners and generated a point cloud of the asset. This point cloud will then be utilised to generate a 3D model of the existing building. Proposed new works to the existing building will then be developed using BIM and compared against a traditional workflow to assess the benefits of BIM on smaller project works.