Case Study: Structural Engineering
Entering a very large structure and surveying all its features would have, in the past, taken days and sometimes weeks. Now, with the innovation of 3D laser scanning, Eliot Sinclair are able to enter a structure, such as an arena or warehouse, and present engineers with survey deliverables directly into their BIM software in a much shorter time-frame than in the past. This enables engineers to complete their analysis and design activities more efficiently, as they now have a more complete record of site information immediately at their fingertips.
The ability to utilize the point cloud directly within structural software is highly beneficial in fast tracking the engineering design process. When undertaking extensions to existing facilities, the use of a quality point cloud to present the as-built component of the building onto which the extension design is added saves weeks of potentially laborious modelling of the existing building for the design engineers.