Point Cloud to BIM: BIM for Renovation and Retrofitting

Point Cloud 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 BIM is also known as Scan to BIM, because when buildings are surveyed using a 3D laser scanner the data is collected in the form of a point cloud (a cluster of millions of points in a 3D space). Experts import these point clouds into software tools like Revit and convert them into 3D models ready for BIM.

Point Cloud to BIM

Point Cloud to BIM

How does this Point Cloud 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.

Benefits of Point Cloud Scan to BIM

  • Scan to BIM helps in improved transparency, communication and collaboration.
  • BIM model generated from the scan data allows more reliability & quality assurance
  • Reduces the construction cost
  • Scan to BIM ease’s project alterations and assists in faster decision making
  • Using BIM throughout the building process leads to better sustainability in the project
  • With virtually creation of BIM model from scan data helps eliminate costly mistakes during construction

Building data are extracted during scanning process using highly effective laser scanners. When laser beams get back the hardware and they were directed towards the structure in the beginning, point clouds are acquired.

Why has Point Cloud 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.

AEC digital solutions LLC have 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.

About AEC digital solutions LLC

Headquartered in USA, AEC digital solutions LLC is a leading outsourced service provider in BIM (Revit and Bentley) having a global presence and operations in India. It offers BIM Modeling and support services such as BIM Studio, Virtual Design & Construction, BIM Content Creation, Commercial Kitchen Layout & Content Creation, Scan to BIM, BIM Integration and Documentation services. The team comprises of seasoned professionals – Architects and Engineers, having an average BIM experience of 8 years.

For further queries, please send an email to info@aecdsl.co or shiv.bhushan@aecdsl.co or visit www.aecdsl.co

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BIM Outsourcing – Path to Success

BIM (Building Information Modeling) is a digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of the building process. BIM is being increasingly used for building and construction projects due to the high business value it offers. It has garnered huge popularity and acceptance across the AEC industry and is used for management of several large scale construction projects across the world. The acceptance of BIM in building and construction projects was not smooth and easy; there were lot of apprehensions across the industry. However, with proven benefits, BIM managed to gain acceptance.

Visual access to building information: BIM is actually a 3D model loaded with all the information like quantity take offs, MEP design details, cost details, project schedules and many more. All this information is available in a visual format. For example – as schedule progresses, it is also possible to view the simultaneously accrued costs.

Helps schedule the construction process: The information about the construction schedules is fed into BIM and it can be visualized as a process. As the schedules i.e. the construction process progresses, the use of materials, the accrued costs, the productivity of labour etc all can be evaluated and hence projects can be planned in a better manner.

Enables easy conflict resolutions: Any kind of conflicts in the design can be easily detected in a BIM environment. This is because of the effective visualization. If the MEP design conflicts with the structural design, then this conflict can be easily viewed in BIM model, when the MEP and structural information is fed into it. On detection, these clashes can be immediately addressed and mitigated.

Helps manage the involved costs: BIM allows effective and near to accurate cost estimation at every stage of construction process. Besides all the conflicts are mitigated early on and hence, any possibility of rework or unnecessary expenditures is negated. Therefore, BIM ensures that the capital is used in the most prudent and efficient manner.

Supports lean construction: BIM allows continuous and concurrent improvements across all the dimensions of a built environment and a construction process, in terms of design, construction, energy efficiency, maintenance and recycling. Hence utilizing the minimum resources, minimum materials, minimum labours and by adopting the best planning and management practices highest value is generated.

Allow improved coordination and better management: All the people involved in a construction project i.e. architect, builder, construction manager, MEP engineer, Structural engineer, etc; remain updated about even the smallest change in the building design through the BIM model. This allows better coordination between teams and hence better management.

Supports detailed documentation across the buildings lifecycle: BIM doubles up as detailed documentation for a building and construction project. As mentioned in the previous point, the ‘I’ in BIM is very important. The model can store all information right down to the scratch.

Repair, renovation and refurbishment become easy: BIM is the most effective tool for retrofit and renovation projects. This is because of the ‘I’ in BIM. The model has all the information about the construction project, any renovation and repair work can be planned surrounding this information.

Enable effective facility management: When integrated with a computer aided maintenance management system, BIM allows effective management of a facility. After the building is built and occupied, there can still be a lot of conflicts due to the changing spatial requirements. These can be efficiently handled by using BIM an operations and maintenance tool.

About AEC digital solutions LLC

Headquartered in USA, AEC digital solutions LLC is a leading outsourced service provider in BIM (Revit and Bentley) having a global presence and operations in India. It offers BIM Modeling and support services such as BIM Studio, Virtual Design & Construction, BIM Content Creation, Commercial Kitchen Layout & Content Creation, Scan to BIM,  BIM Integration and Documentation services. The team comprises of seasoned professionals – Architects and Engineers, having an average BIM experience of 8 years.

For further queries, please send an email to info@aecdsl.co or visit www.aecdsl.co

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AEC digital solutions LLC celebrates 2nd anniversary

AEC digital solutions LLC, one of the leading outsourced service provider in BIM for top-tier  global  AEC (Architecture, engineering  and  construction)  firms,  announced  its 2nd  anniversary.

Two  years  ago,  AEC digital  solutions  was formed to become the next great BIM service provider company, a company focused on hiring the best architecture and engineers, and delivering 100% customer success.

Founder  and  President   Rajesh  Garg  said, “Over  the  past  two  years, we’ve  introduced incredible innovation into the AEC industry. AEC digital solutions has ventured into a new field of BIM modeling of commercial kitchen layout and Parametric content creation. I am immensely proud  to  be leading  a team of people  who strive  for perfection every day and relentlessly  work  to build  the strongest BIM content creation team and deliver incredible service  to  our  clients.  We  would  like  to  say a big  ‘Thank You’  to our present  and  past clients,  partners,  vendors, colleagues  and  all  those  with whom  we have been in contact directly  or  indirectly.  We  are appreciative  of  your   continuous  support,  business   and encouragement during this tenure.”

National  Sales  Director  (USA)   Paul  Fiore  said,  “In  this  two  year  period   AEC  digital solutions  LLC  successfully  completed  more  than 100 projects worldwide. We constantly seek  ways  to  improve  what  we  are  doing  in order to satisfy the needs of our clients and bring the company to a new level. We are glad to be renowned as one of the market leaders in the field of commercial kitchen layout and parametric content creation.“

About AEC digital solutions LLC

Headquartered in USA, AEC digital solutions LLC is a leading outsourced service provider in BIM (Revit and Bentley) having a global presence and operations in India. It offers BIM Modeling  and  support  services  such as BIM Studio, Virtual Design & Construction, BIM Content  Creation,  Scan to  BIM,  BIM Integration and Documentation services. The team comprises of  seasoned  professionals – Architects  and Engineers, having an average BIM experience of 8 years.

For further queries, please send an email to info@aecdsl.co  or visit  www.aecdsl.co

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AEC Digital Solutions LLC ventures into Commercial Kitchen layout modeling

AEC digital solutions has ventured into a new field of BIM modeling of commercial kitchen layout. “We are very excited to start new venture into the commercial kitchen layout modeling in AEC digital solutions LLC at a time when BIM adoption is accelerating” said Rajesh Garg, Founder & President.
BIM is the means by which everybody can understand a building through the use of a digital model. In commercial kitchen layout modeling, BIM elements have both the physical and logical characteristics of their real counterparts. In other words, BIM elements are the digital prototype of the physical building elements like columns, windows, walls, doors, stairs, MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) and other kitchen equipments etc. BIM can also generate multiple drawings from one model, namely reflected ceiling plans, floor plans, sections, elevations, details, schedules and much more.
Why AEC digital solutions –
• Largest team of trained architecture & engineers
• Experienced in all aspects of kitchen equipment layout
• Model project in 3D
o Equipment specifications and cut-sheets used from schematic phase through completion
o Working drawings produced directly from collision models using Revit / BIM
• Enables accurate comprehensive construction documents that work in the field
o Assure plumbing, electrical etc. is correctly dimensioned
o Eliminates ‘disconnects’ at every project phase
• Team interacts with project owners to make revisions that help prevent job site challenges
About AEC digital solutions LLC-
Headquartered in USA, AEC digital solutions LLC is a leading service provider in BIM (Revit and Bentley) having a global presence and operations in India. It offers BIM Modeling and support services such as BIM Studio, Virtual Design & Construction, BIM Content Creation, Scan to BIM, BIM Integration and Documentation services. The team comprises of seasoned professionals – Architects and Engineers, having an average BIM experience of 8 years.
For further queries, please send an email to info@aecdsl.co or visit http://www.aecdsl.co

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MEP Coordination on BIM

The primary purpose of MEP Modeling and Coordination is to improve the communication and coordination between Architects, MEP engineers, Contractors and Fabricators. It involves coordinating all building services, such as plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and public health, with other disciplines to create a building structure, external envelope, and fabric.

MEP BIM modeling helps in validating a building design virtually and ensures that the designs remain clash free. Engineers can also effectively visualize how the existing structures, new construction and MEP system fits together, this enables them to make the required design iterations and take informed decisions. During coordination, as clashes are found, the systems are redesigned by relevant consultants and then remodeled to present a finalized clash free design.

Using advanced three dimensional tools for creating comprehensive and accurate virtual models of buildings and services can bring more certainty to a construction and engineering project. The benefits of data driven MEP information models can be fully leveraged in order to optimize MEP systems within buildings for better performance. Equipped with the MEP coordination capabilities, all project stakeholders can ensure a fully coordinated project and mitigate onsite issues.

MEP modeling and documentation is not only crucial for new construction proposals but is also pivotal for planning refurbishing, revamping or renovating existing structures. Typically, all MEP coordination work is created in 3D environment, developing BIM models that offer the following benefits:

  • Using advanced clash detection software such as Navisworks, we can ensure that there are no clashes in the model or MEP coordination and drafting process
  • The process represents all mechanical components in an accurate and precise manner, thus, ensuring that every spatial issue is addressed before the actual construction process on site
  • Facilitates improved communication and coordination, since 3D models can be viewed and walked through for review, demo, quality checks, and value engineering
  • Reduces or eliminates site based disputes or delays since all critical components have already been proven to work within the building
  • Allows multiple views, detailed drawings and sections to be produced quickly and easily
  • Improved client satisfaction due to review of detailed views of the building in a 3D environment, with sufficient scope to improve or make changes

BIM proves to be highly beneficial for MEP coordination because it is capable of revealing all the complexities related to the building process and the related systems significantly.

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AEC digital solutions LLC expands in North America – Paul Fiore joins as National Sales Director (NA)

Paul Fiore

Paul Fiore

AEC digital solutions LLC, the global leader in workshare solutions and pioneer in Building Information Modeling services (BIM) for the architecture, engineering, construction and building owner (AECO) industry, is pleased to announce that Paul Fiore has joined the company as National Sales Director and will lead the company’s North America business development efforts. A graduate from the University of San Diego, Paul joins AEC digital solutions from Neilsoft in Greater Los Angeles, and brings 20 years of selling technology solutions to businesses of all sizes in the USA.

“I am very excited to join AEC digital solutions LLC at a time when BIM adoption is accelerating and the economy is recovering” said Paul.  “I wanted to be part of the digital transformation which AEC digital solutions LLC is bringing to market.’’

“I am incredibly positive about AEC digital solutions LLC’s future when someone with Paul’s experience and pedigree joins us”, said Rajesh Garg, Founder & President. “This will enhance the sales activities in North America and will bring the company closer to its clients. We are simply thrilled to be here at this extraordinary time, and look forward to working with practices here to further their success in the USA and around the world.”

Paul adds, “AECdsl’s worldwide integrated workshare model is exactly what NA practices have been looking for – whether they are globalizing, adopting new software platforms or simply looking for an efficient workshare solution which allows them to focus on design. Our emphasis on technology solutions in particular simplifies the process for everyone. I am truly excited to be a part of AECdsl family and to contribute my expertise in this market to help achieve this vision for practices here.”

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Construction Documentation & Detailing

What is Construction Documentation?

Construction documents incorporate all building plans, supporting documents and specifications utilized during the completion of a construction project. These are comprehensive drawings offering sequential data as regards to each step of the construction process to all project stake holders.

Construction documents help in translating the needs to the owner or developer into a build-able format, which can be universally comprehended within the construction industry. They also allow the owner to obtain permits from local authorities and to put the project out for bid. Construction documents provide comprehensive instructions to the contractor with regard to how the project should be constructed.

The preparation of construction documentation represents one of the major core competencies of architects. The work requires knowledge of principles, conventions, standards, applications, and restrictions pertaining to the manufacture and use of construction materials, components, and assemblies. In the documentation process, the architect must be able to make technically concise descriptions and execute drawings and other documentation for the proposed design.

What is Detailing?

Detailing is perhaps one of the most crucial skills used in construction documentation. This is because the nature and quality of architectural detailing contributes to how the building is built, what it will look like, what it will cost,and how long it may take to build. For these reasons, staff involved in the documentation process should have a thorough understanding of the methods and techniques used in building construction. This includes knowing how various materials are connected or attached and how they interact when brought together.

The preparation of construction documents requires a systematic review process to ensure that all discipline packages (e.g., structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, lighting, audiovisual, interiors, etc.) are coordinated and properly integrated.

How does AECdsl offer Construction Documentation & Detailing services?

AEC Digital Solutions LLC (a USA based Company), with global presence and operations in India, is one of the leading service provider in BIM (Revit and Bentley) with an in-house team of trained Architects and Engineers using BIM software such as Autodesk Revit, Bentley AECOsim, Bentley MicroStation, Solibri, Navisworks and CAD Duct. AECdsl provides BIM Modeling and support services such as BIM Studio, Virtual Design & Construction, BIM Content Creation, Scan to BIM, BIM Integration and Documentation services.

Construction Documentation and Detailing services are generally provided to clients through development of BIM models to requisite Level of Detailing followed by extraction of documentation from BIM. AECdsl also offers 2 dimensional documentation services on AutoCAD for projects that are not undertaken on Revit or Bentley AECOsim.

Typically, the client provides the drawings, plans, elevations and sections following the design development phase, where AECdsl team coordinates with various services and commence work on drawings of elevation, dimensioning, sections and wall sections, calculating and tagging the number of detail drawings on completion of planning. Then the AECdsl team begins developing details of critical construction area as indicated by the basic sketch provided by the clients. The drawings are then subjected to a multifold quality check in order to ensure maximum quality and accuracy.

For further queries please send an email to info@aecdsl.co  or visit http://www.aecdsl.co

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