BIM 101: When to Use a MultiStation for BIM

Leica Nova MS50 MultiStation for BIM

The Leica Nova MS50 MultiStation is a very exciting technology for the construction industry, especially in the area of quality assurance for general contractors.

The total station functionality allows contractors to back check subcontractors’ work with real-time delta reporting. When building elements such as a column are out of tolerance, the surrounding area can be scanned with the very same instrument.

The beauty is in the integration of the total station orienting information and the high definition scans. This means the field software automatically stitches together all of the quality assurance point clouds, removing post-processing of point clouds to get them oriented. The orientation information also enables the point clouds to be married with the as-designed models, streamlining the process of comparing as-built and as-designed data.

Affectionately known as the “BIM One Box,” or BOB, the MS50 is also a valuable tool for concrete contractors or general contractors self-performing concrete work. The full-featured layout capabilities can handle BIM layout points from Revit, AutoCAD or virtually any other BIM or CAD program with ease. The instrument streamlines concrete layout from footings and foundations to the top of the tallest buildings. Real-time delta reporting keeps crews informed of potential mistakes in formwork before the concrete is poured. When a mistake or change is found after the pour, the area can be quickly and easily scanned for evaluation. The ability to define the scan area onscreen and view the point cloud on the device provides an easy-to-use approach that any level of user can appreciate.

Go here to learn more about the Nova MS50 “BIM One Box” solution, or contact us to discuss what measurement solution is right for you.

Cathi Hayes is an architect, building information modeling (BIM) pioneer and strategy leader with more than 20 years of experience developing and implementing workflow improvements in various facets of the building design and construction industry. Early on her career, she established Revit as an industry changing model-based design technology in the architectural design industry. She later served as strategic BIM manager for Autodesk, establishing the company as a primary resource in the US residential, commercial and government markets for design, engineering and construction collaboration to help improve workflows and reduce costs. As BIM strategy and business development director for Leica Geosystems, Cathi focuses on helping building contractors achieve greater success in BIM through the adoption of leading-edge hardware and software solutions that make it easy to move from 2D to 3D workflows and extending the value of BIM into the field. Cathi is a trusted BIM advisor and a leading voice on BIM throughout the North American construction industry. She holds degrees from North Carolina State (BEDA Architecture) and the University of Kansas (PBA). She can be reached at cathi.hayes@leicaus.com.

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