One of the most exciting developments in our industry in the past year has been the release of Imaginit’s “Scan to BIM” software that allows digital point clouds to be imported into Autodesk Revit. In 2010, Midwestern Consulting was selected as a beta tester for “Scan to BIM” and now have several projects under our belt using this revolutionary software.
As more and more AEC firms have moved to Autodesk Revit, we started becoming concerned about our ability to deliver files in our clients’ native format. Midwestern Consulting had been using standard work-arounds such as Navisworks or 3D AutoCAD and then redrafting the information into Autodesk Revit. This costs the client two valuable things: time and money. In general, we have seen up to a 40% reduction in time spent managing the data point cloud and a roughly 40% reduction in project costs. This is big news and should encourage AEC project managers to utilize the new tool.
According to the Imaginit website, “The Scan to BIM™ software add-on takes the ordeal out of the process of getting 3D laser scanning data into Revit. It enables you to import point clouds directly into Revit, visualize them directly in Revit, and interact directly in Revit with automated recognition and placement of walls and openings, as well as pipes and ducts.”
The user will “eliminate time spent working with point clouds outside of Revit – eliminate the ordeal of scanning to BIM. Work faster and more accurately, gain new revenue streams, and stay on top of client demands. The Scan to BIM software add-in for Revit actually makes scanning directly to BIM a reality.”
Brandon Walker, PE is a senior project manager at Midwestern Consulting, Ann Arbor, Michigan (734.995.0200). Let Brandon know how he can help you save money on your next existing conditions modeling project.