What is SCAN to BIM? Benefits & Significance

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SCAN TO BIM has revolutionized the construction industry, especially while renovating or retrofitting older buildings.

AGM, Pinnacle Infotech Solutions



Despite having a clear idea about the construction area, we seldom face space-related issues while constructing something. To avoid that, SCANNING the available space can be helpful, as it allows us to see through the area and set plans accordingly.

The process of capturing the available area, including the space behind the walls, is generally called ‘SCANNING.’

To see through the walls, a laser-based scanner is used, whose output is in the form of a pointed cloud, each point signifying the surface of an object detected by the scanner. All the points together form a ‘point cloud’, which is later used for comparison with the model. Every point consists of an XYZ value, which determines its position in the coordinate system.

There is one more crucial aspect in the AEC industry, which is crucial to draw the benefit from SCANNING, and that is ‘Building Information Modeling’ or ‘BIM’. If a 3D laser scan is to capture the available space, a BIM tool is to help the tradesperson visualize the SCAN output. In many countries, adopting BIM while construction is a mandatory aspect.


Building Information Modeling ‘BIM’

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a process that helps pre-analyze the requirements for the upcoming construction work. For example, material required, cost estimation, required clash coordination between two or multiple trades involved, etc., are the requisites which can be realized before construction with the help of BIM.

By building coordination between different trades using REVIT or other BIM software like NAVISWORKS, AUTOCAD, PLANT3D, etc., we reach near accuracy and achieve precision.


Why Is It Called SCAN TO BIM?

So, BIM is used to visualize and analyze the existing aspects. At the same time, SCANNING helps to capture the available area-based information.


The process of importing the scanned information into the BIM software and using it to identify the existing issues is called the SCAN TO BIM process.


Significance of SCAN TO BIM

Different trades, like Mechanical, Electrical, Fire Safety, Structure, etc., are usually involved in the construction industry & work parallel to each other. The significance of SCAN TO BIM rises exceptionally when a project has engaged a trade already, and other trades are asked to work on the site without affecting the existing work.

SCAN TO BIM involves a Laser-based scanner to capture not only just areas visible to the eyes but also the space available behind the walls. Therefore, with the help of BIM, we can also visualize and set a strategy to work behind the walls, keeping the existing work unaffected.


Types of Projects using SCAN TO BIM
Types of Projects using SCAN TO BIM


The construction industry enjoys its significance because the SCAN TO BIM data mitigates the chances of expensive design changes during the construction stage.


Benefits of SCAN TO BIM

  1. 3D scanned data provides accurate spatial data of the environment that helps produce precise data-rich BIM models.
  2. We can create a 360-degree photographic view of an existing building structure, and its elements capture the texture of every material, further helping in preparing the digital twin of the existing building.
  3. SCAN TO BIM data also helps calculate an accurate Bill Of Material (BOM) that diminishes the chances of construction budget overruns.
  4. BIM models from laser-scanned data are also utilized to produce an as-built model that is helpful for facility management, maintenance, and operation processes.
  5. And the precise BIM model from point cloud data allows building owners and designers to make decisions on a renovation project.


SCAN TO BIM Services Include

A professional BIM consulting agency would provide 3D laser scanning for every aspect and phase of construction. Validation for the best SCAN TO BIM service comes when the newly constructed work against the as-designed model or drawings for quality assurance gets as-built documentation showing exact dimensions and locations.

Pinnacle has been providing BIM model services to the AEC industry for preparing various models of Architectural, Structural, and MEPFP for renovation and extension projects for over 31 years. With more than 2100 adept engineers and skilled architects, it has served SCAN TO BIM services to many Data centers, Stadiums, Commercial buildings, and Airports and helped revolutionize various other construction projects in 42 countries across the globe.


Pinnacle’s SCAN TO BIM Service Include

  • Renovations and Retrofits
  • Construction Planning & Progress Monitoring
  • Virtual Inspections
  • As-built Models For Facilities Management
  • Quality Review of Building Elements
  • Measuring Variations With Design Models & Check Tolerance Levels

Being a global leader in offering SCAN TO BIM services, Pinnacle facilitates three stages of construction, including 3D Model creation, Visualization, Animation, Rendering, and Quality Inspection. AEC professionals and firms praise Pinnacle’s SCAN TO BIM Service for 3D models on different trades involved.

To explore Pinnacle’s BIM abilities, visit our services and get a free consultation from experienced BIM experts to get certainty on your dream project.



Author’s Bio

Aayush Goswami is a Mechanical Engineer who chooses to instead contribute as a technical writer. He believes in doing things that make him feel effortless. Therefore, he has been writing for more than 7 years in order to transcend his writing skills. He enjoys debates on social problems and their solutions and possesses expertise in automobile engineering too. He is always a keen learner who usually stays excited to add new things to his knowledge arsenal. Nowadays, he is writing professional articles on the technologies and tools used by AEC industry leaders, which is a part of his interest as well.

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