3D BIM Modelling

What is BIM and how is it used?

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is an intelligent 3D model-based process used by architects, engineers, and contractors to conduct a building or infrastructure. BIM begins with the creation of a 3D model, making it easier to manage the document and coordinate the simulation, as the construction is taking place.

BIM is used to create and manage data during the design, construction, and operation processes. The BIM integrates multi-disciplinary data to create detailed digital representations that are managed in an open cloud platform for real-time collaboration. Using BIM gives you greater visibility, better decision-making, more sustainable options, and cost-savings on AEC projects.

The purpose of 3D BIM Modelling

BIM is used to design and document building and infrastructural designs. BIM places all the details of a building in a model. The model is analysed to view different design possibilities, and to construct visual concepts that enable all the project stakeholders see what the building will look like before commencing construction work. The model provides various aspects of the building during construction.

What is the process of Scan to BIM

  • Collection of Data: We conduct a measured building survey using 3D laser scanning technology such as laser scanners. The collected data is in 3D point cloud set as it is in the 3D coordinate system, covering the external area of the targeted area of an object.
  • Data imported to Modelling Software: The primary data captured in the point cloud is not visible, thus the point cloud is imported to point cloud modelling software to enhance visualisation, data management, analysis and modelling.
  • Converting Point Cloud to BIM Model: The point cloud data is extracted from the modelling software and imported to BIM authorised software such as Autodesk Revit or ArchiCAD for the creation of an intelligent BIM model. The BIM software converts the point cloud images into user-friendly formats like RCS, RCP, or PTS.

The key benefits of BIM Models

1. Reduce the time spent on the field

Using a laser scanning technique to survey an existing building greatly lowers the time used by surveying technicians. Manual surveying technique usually requires 3 to 4 technicians to measure, record, and collect information on an existing site. The use of laser scanners will reduce the number of return trips to the site, making it an efficient method to survey an old or existing building or site.

2. Provide a detailed analysis of the building

It was initially difficult to determine the problem in a design or other structural components of a building for renovation or re-structuring with manual surveying. Point cloud to BIM has made the process easier using its laser scanning and 3D modelling techniques. A detailed analysis of a building shows the critical issues before the renovation or demolition of the building. A 3D model enables easy redesigning and investigation of damaged parts of the building.

3. BIM Models enhance collaboration

The 3D model developed from point cloud images enables the designing team, architects, contractors, and users to collaborate efficiently. Because the team can view the new design simultaneously, it is easy to detect any bug or pitfall in the new design. The required updates can be suggested and discussed more smoothly and efficiently.

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    Author: Sonia