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Point Cloud to Revit BIM: Recreating As Built Environment

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Scan to BIM, is a technology gaining great popularity and wide acceptance across the AEC industry. The technology has wide range of applications that include, point cloud data collection and conversion into BIM for renovation and retrofitting projects, facility management, major repair work undertaking, recreation of accidents for forensic investigations and many more.

Point Cloud to Revit BIM

How does this Scan to BIM technology work?

  • A 3D laser scan (survey) of the defined area is conducted. It is possible to collect point cloud data of exterior, interior and landscapes as well. If as the complexity of structures and the details to be covered is more, then experts conduct more number of scans and cover every detail with precision.

  • The point cloud data acquired is in a 3D format, hence apt for visualization. Further applications like Lecia’s Cyclone, are used in order to export the 3D point cloud models into Revit software.
  • Revit can accept point cloud data in varied formats like PCG, PTG and PTS
  • Experts use various options in Revit to slice and divide a huge data file into sections for better viewing.
  • In addition to the point cloud data, photo metric images can also be used to give a better understanding of the structure and allow BIM experts to create 3D BIM with utmost accuracy.
  • Using both the photometric images and point cloud models, BIM experts use a technique called surface restructuring for tracing on to the point cloud models.
  • A point cloud model is a 3D structure created with millions of points. Retracing on to these models, experts create a 3D model with nurbs, triangles and polygons. These models can be loaded with building information and used for project management.

Why has scan to BIM gained popularity?

BIM is mainly used for new built project; however, retrofits need a different approach. Point cloud survey and conversion into BIM is this approach, and it supports detailed collection of structural data and an accurate representation of an ‘As built environment’. As the refurbishment and renovation market has grown, Scan-to-BIM has also gained popularity, and every major developer supports this technology.

Hi-Tech Outsourcing Services has established a global presence with its multidisciplinary outsourcing service portfolio. The company has built up expertise in converting Point cloud models from scanned survey data into BIM, and can efficiently provide the level of details as requested by the clients.

Bhushan Avsatthi
About the Author: Bhushan Avsatthi is a BIM expert, a certified Sustainable Building advisor, and an associate director with more than 15 years of industry experience. He leads a team of architects, Structural & MEP engineers, LEED consultants and energy modelers. Bhushan strives to make his organization a cohesive resource for sustainable building design. He regularly participates in green initiatives like tree plantations, and promotes using bicycles for everyday commute.