Scan-to-BIM Starts with Reality Capture

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Unless you’re designing a new building that’s slated for construction in the middle of a flat and empty landscape, context matters. Whether it’s a renovation, an addition, or new construction, the as-is geometry of adjacent buildings, nearby structures, and the surrounding terrain is critical for the design process. But conventional as-built drawings are notoriously unreliable, prompting expensive surveys and time-consuming manual measurements. However, new technology is quickly changing this situation. Laser scanning and photogrammetry solutions enable the digital capture of spatial information for integration into building design processes. Reality capture technology is not new, in fact, laser scanning originated in the early 1960s. But historically, the technology has been very expensive, data-intensive, and difficult to use. In the last several years, the cost of capture technologies dropped significantly while ease of us...

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