Building Information Modelling (BIM) is still quite a young tool for optimising processes in construction and in operating buildings. The planning and management of buildings are combined into a joint process within a digital model. The aim is to link information about the building’s construction and building components with usage-related and functional data. The starting point for this is a three-dimensional building model that reproduces the structural components of the building and the spatial situation.
Depending on the desired level of detail and the correspondingly adjusted resolution of the scan recording, a 360-degree scan takes between two and 15 minutes – colour scans take a little longer. If several scans are required for the measurement, sensors integrated into the scanner simplify the positioning of the individual scans within the overall model. The sensors automatically allocate an elevation reading and orientation to the scan data. In this way the individual scans can then be merged easily with software support to form an overall spatial model.
Established architecture and BIM software solutions such as AutoCAD Architecture, 3D-Studio Max Design, Autodesk Revit Architecture, Archicad, Vectorworks or Bentley’s Microstation allow direct import of the 3D scan data. This means that the 3D data is available to planners in their familiar CAD environment.
Data available anytime anywhere
The 3D model generated in this way can be continually expanded and updated with usage and operating data: for example the costs and qualities of conversion work, maintenance and repairs. The digital, 3D building model can be retrieved anywhere and even visited on a virtual tour providing the ideal basis for decision making processes. At the same time, all of the data for area and quantity surveying, as well as all other building properties and costs, is available in the complete datasets at anytime and anywhere – and is always up to date. In this way, BIM means that the overall context can always be kept in mind when planning – for example how conversion plans relate to the building’s surroundings. Possible consequences for items like maintenance and repair are immediately visible.
Using BIM software solutions, all those involved in the project have constant access to current, cumulative building data from all disciplines. This means that cross-discipline planning and project management is possible. At the same time, the BIM model eliminates documentation deficiencies and information loss at the interfaces between disciplines. Web-based software solutions like SCENE WebShare Cloud by FARO also enable processing to be carried out irrespective of time and place.
SCENE Webshare Cloud
With SCENE WebShare Cloud, all 3D documentation data can be stored in the “cloud”, and scanned projects can be displayed quickly and shared with various project partners. In addition, the data and measurements are available in the long term and anywhere at all – including via smartphone or tablet. When using SCENE WebShare Cloud there is always sufficient server capacity available, no matter how many users are accessing it or how much data is being stored. The solution adapts perfectly to requirements at any time, in terms of processing power and storage space.