The Rise of BIM Outsourcing & 3D Laser Scanning in 2017
BIM adoption is increasing faster than ever before, and BIM outsourcing and Scan to BIM Technology are the forces behind it.
Toronto, Ontario – February 27th 2017 – 2017 is proving to be the year that BIM takes over the AEC industry. In particular, BIM outsourcing and 3D laser scanning are becoming popular in Canada and across the globe.
Through our experience as a full-service BIM provider and thorough industry research, BluEntCAD reveals the source of this technological revolution and how it will affect stakeholders.
The Need for Building Conversions
Especially in metropolitan areas such as Toronto, heritage preservation is a pressing issue in economic development and the construction industry. Architects, interior designers, and contractors have been increasingly tasked with developing methods of making existing structures more energy efficient.
“Old buildings, when properly renovated or restored, can use less energy than flash new buildings (even those badged as sustainable) that set up problems for themselves by over-glazing, or by creating deep floor plates requiring ventilation fans and lights on all day,” stated Paul Stoller, a director of Atelier Ten, in an interview with The Guardian.
In August 2016, 11 leading energy and building professionals urged the National Action Plan to call for a 25-50% energy reduction for 30% of Canadian building stock by 2030.
Introducing Scan to BIM
Scan to BIM is the latest technology in state-of-the-art retrofit and conversion projects. 3D laser scanning enables AEC professionals to extract comprehensive information from as-built structures.
In this way, construction companies gain a competitive advantage from both ends of the spectrum: project quality and operational efficiency.
Here are a few benefits of Scan to Revit:
- Get accurate measurements. 3D point clouds make manual measurements and guess work obsolete. By scanning every surface from multiple angles, zero estimation is needed when it comes to as-built conditions.
- Gain access to schematic designs. Measurements aren’t the only benefit of Scan to BIM – it also includes standard CAD solutions such as site plans, floor plans, elevations, and 3D renderings.
- Guarantee real-time quality control. During construction, 3D laser scans can be used for advanced clash detection. Thanks to BIM software, it can also be used to plan and design alterations or additions based on what is being built.
For a more detailed explanation of the Scan to BIM process, read our blog post on the subject here.
The BIM Phenomenon
Scan to BIM is part of a larger movement towards BIM outsourcing. In the 2016 NBS International BIM Report, more than 80% of respondents who didn’t use BIM were interested in adopting the software, despite being aware of the necessary workflow adjustments.
Naturally, Research and Markets projects the global BIM software market to grow at a CAGR of 17.04% through to 2020.
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Through BIM outsourcing, even small-scale contractors are able to take advantage of what 3D laser scanning and other BIM tools have to offer. This has resulted in a tremendous amount of growth in outsourcing, as companies of all sizes gain access to improved methods of collaboration among architects, engineers, and designers.
The competitive edge that it creates enables clients to compete on a global scale for bigger and better project bids that they were never able to access before.
Given our portfolio of recent projects working with Scan to Revit combined with years of experience in construction documentation and loft conversions, BluEntCAD is well-positioned to meet the growing demand for skilled Scan Data Revit services.
The BluEnt BIM Studio has consistently provided the latest innovative CAD technology for Canadian clients. Our services have reduced costs for our clients through effective cost estimation, eliminated rework, and increased project efficiency.
Strategic Sourcing & Business Development Manager