Friday, November 12, 2010

Scan to BIM

Beau Turner announced yesterday via Twitter and Joe Eichenseer did via the IMAGINit blog that they have just released a new product called Scan to BIM ($2495.00 with optional maintenance for $495/year).

Their press release includes this quote from Marc Dulude CEO, Rand Worldwide.

"Scan to BIM addresses an expanding market opportunity for 3D laser scanning and building information modeling," says Marc Dulude, CEO, Rand Worldwide. "The economic climate, coupled with sustainable focused legislation has ignited a dramatic increase in renovation and reuse of existing buildings around the globe. Cost effective as-built data acquisition is vital to planning and design for firms updating existing infrastructure. Scan to BIM makes acquiring and importing this critical information a great deal easier and faster."

From their product website:
Scan to BIM Key Features Include:

  • Manage multiple projects
  • Import industry-standard formats (PTS and PTX)
  • View the point cloud inside Revit based on color, intensity or elevation
  • Visualize faster slices of the point cloud based on your current Revit view or other options
  • Assist with creation of Revit elements:
    • Automated creation of Walls, Windows, Pipe, and Round Duct
    • Construction geometry to assist with other element types
  • Workflow-based tools to help set up and work on your model with the point cloud
  • Measure points within your scan to quickly find true dimensions
  • Visualize accuracy by comparing the Revit model against the point cloud
  • Provide accurate as-built BIM documentation on renovation and retrofit projects

Read the Full Press Release
Visit the Scan to BIM site
Watch a Video about it (It wouldn't work for me unfortunately)

Check it out!

1 comment:

Kelly Cone said...


We were lucky enough to beta test this for several months and I'm a big fan.

Full disclosure, there are some real shortcomings with the API that limited how much data can be visible at once and the color fidelity of that data. But, that is an Autodesk API problem not an Avatech problem. They did a great job with the plugin, and we're going to be using it on a bunch of projects in the next few months.

They hit this one out of the park as far as I'm concerned. And, unlike some plug-in developers, they have a 30 day trial. Anyway, just wanted to give them some props for what they've done.