Video: Laser Scanning for Construction

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In the planning stage, a laser scanner is a powerful tool for analyzing a construction site. High detail and unique visualization options help designers get a more complete picture of the site. During construction, scanning can be used to check progress or verify standard compliance. It can also be used to obtain valuable information in preparation for future phases of construction as well as to create virtual 3D models that can be used to manage MEP and structural design and construction. Laser scanning can also be used to capture highly accurate and complete construction as-builts. Watch this video to see how Karins and Associates based in Delaware uses laser scanning to add value to construction projects. Continue reading…

7 Things You Should Know About Laser Measurement Tools


Whether you’re looking for a laser distance meter for interior as-builting or just need a good all-purpose tool, Hugh Baertlein shares seven good questions to ask before you make your decision. Baertlein has been working in measurement technology for almost 25 years, and 12 of those have been with laser distance meters (or laser distance measurers), also known as LDMs. Read the full article  on the Leica Geosystems lasers website.

An Easier Way to Manage Revitalization Projects

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Urban revitalization projects are often fraught with challenges due to inaccurate or incomplete documentation. Fortunately, there is an easy way to capture as-is conditions, inform the model with accurate data, provide quality assurance checks during construction, and capture progress milestones for a highly efficient building process. Continue reading…

Don’t Let These BIM Myths Hold You Back


With construction spending once again on the rise, there has never been a better time to get involved in BIM. “Minimum BIM requirements” are increasingly being included in project bids and specifications, and a growing number of project stakeholders are placing a higher value on companies that offer BIM services.

Still, there are some skeptics who remain on the sidelines. If you’ve been wondering whether BIM is right for your firm, be careful not to get sidetracked by these three common myths. Continue reading…

BIM 101: The Basics of Back Checking for Quality Assurance

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If you are already taking your layout points out of the office and into the field, that is a major accomplishment and one that positions you for success using BIM in the field. However, it’s always best to “measure twice and cut once,” as the adage goes, so now is the perfect time for some important quality assurance (QA) steps. Continue reading…

Boston BIMForum Highlights Easy BIM As-Builting Solutions


At the Spring BIMForum in Boston, facility managers, contractors, architects and other building information modeling (BIM) professionals will be able to see firsthand an easy way to capture interior as-built information. The first Rapid Fire Technology Demonstration on Wednesday, April 23, will feature Fahim Dangra, national BIM sales manager for Leica Geosystems, who will show how the inexpensive and easy-to-use Leica DISTO handheld laser measurement tools tie directly into Autodesk Revit to provide a “BIM on the Fly” solution for interior as-builting. Continue reading…

BIM 101: An Easy Handheld Solution for As-Builting into Revit

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For companies that are just getting started in building information modeling (BIM), the variety of hardware and software that is used to connect the real world with the digital world can seem intimidating. However, BIM doesn’t have to be complex. Leica Geosystems’ BIM Business Manager Cathi Hayes demonstrates how the Leica DISTO D330i, an inexpensive and easy-to-use handheld laser measurement tool, ties directly into Autodesk Revit to provide a “BIM on the Fly” solution for as-builting. Watch the video to learn more. Continue reading…

BIM 101: Getting Layout Points to the Field


If your BIM data has already been prepped for field layout, you’re ready for the next step: taking it into the field. Armed with BIM layout points, plan underlays and reference models, you are now ready to shoot points on the jobsite that replicate the accuracy of BIM in the office. Continue reading…