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Existing Conditions Announces 3D Laser Scanner Donation to The Boston Architectural College

By Jared Curtis on Jul 14, 2022 5:17:11 PM

{Boston, MA, June 16, 2022} – Existing Conditions founder and CEO Kurt Yeghian announced the donation of a FARO X-120 3D laser scanner with software, valued at over $30,000, to his alma mater the Boston Architectural College (BAC) to be used in training future architects.

"What I learned at the BAC has helped me make more informed decisions in the profession for over 25 years. It's exciting to give back to the next generation,” said Yeghian, an alumnus. “They are a great school, they’re involved in the community, and we’re pleased we can contribute our expertise, experience, and now, some of our 3D laser scanning technology.”

The Boston Architectural College’s mission is to provide excellence in design education that is rooted in practice and is accessible to diverse communities. The school started as a professional society in 1889. In 1971, the program became the first in the United States to offer a work component. As of 2009, the BAC had one of the largest faculty and student bodies of New England architecture programs, as well as one of the lowest tuition rates. The BAC has maintained its open admission policy, affordability, dedicated faculty, and value of academic and experiential learning throughout its history.

Existing Conditions contacted BAC Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Development, Eliza Wilson, to develop a working relationship with the school, offer 3D laser scanning expertise to students, and to partner with the college in giving back to the community. The laser scanning, drone survey, BIM, and CAD services company participated in a small number of the school’s industry round table discussions and continues to look for ways to spread its CEO’s message, “The old ways don’t work anymore.”

The BAC has fostered the growth of many well-known alumni including Arcangelo Cascieri, Charles L. Fletcher, Glenn Gissler, William Sutherland Maxwell, Louis Skidmore, Edward Durell Stone, Wallace Harrison, and Buckminster Fuller. The college continues to impact the architectural community through its commitment and vision, by promoting social justice, through its global network, by being a full-spectrum education partner and a cutting-edge intellectual leader, by promoting design literacy and resilience, and by continuing as a robust institution into the future.

Topics: Existing Conditions BIM precision 3d laser scanning BIM technology
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10 Common Misconceptions about Virtual Site Visits

By Jared Curtis on May 2, 2022 12:32:42 PM

WHAT IS A VIRTUAL SITE VISIT?

Our Virtual Site Visits platform is an easy and low-cost way to access spatial data of your building or project – from any device and without any burdensome downloads. We take the measurements captured by our team on-site and turn reality capture data into an easy-to-use digital twin of your building. When owners, facilities managers, architects, and contractors utilize the Virtual Site Visits platform, they can easily access laser scan data of their building. Given the popularity of this platform, we’d like to clear up some common misconceptions that we’ve seen recently.

 

Topics: BIM benefits of bim Remote Work Virtual Site Visits matterport
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Hidden Problems Are Revealed Through Drone Surveys

By Jared Curtis on Apr 6, 2022 11:13:59 AM

Often when people see drones flying nearby, they think of a kid's toy, of commercial flyover footage and blockbuster movies, or maybe even search and recovery missions. What most people don’t recognize is how useful drones can be when added to an arsenal of data capture tools. Existing Conditions uses a variety of technologies to meet its clients' needs, including remotely-piloted aerial vehicles such as drones. At its most basic level, a drone survey allows you to see your building from a new perspective.

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Updated 3D Scanning Data For Accurate Building Documentation: Read Our New Guide

By Jared Curtis on Mar 9, 2022 12:01:30 PM

Accurate building documentation relies on technology and expertise. Our New Year, New Tools guide examines how Existing Conditions leverages technology to provide accurate building documentation. With 25 years of industry-leading experience, we’re excited to showcase the new tools and upgrades that help us deliver the accurate 3D scan data and drawings we’re known for industry-wide. 

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What Is The Precision Of VLX Scanning?

By Jared Curtis on Feb 17, 2022 2:36:21 PM

3D laser scanning and building information modeling (BIM) is used for several applications in fields such as architecture, engineering, and construction. Professionals are now able to get real-time information on properties thanks to this data. For the technology to be useful, it must also provide a high level of accuracy. Every project comes with its own requirements, and Existing Conditions uses a variety of scanning technologies to meet clients' needs, including the new NavVis VLX.

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Protecting Your Most Valuable Real Estate Assets

By Jared Curtis on Jan 12, 2022 5:26:34 PM

The old ways are not good enough anymore.

I recently spoke with a colleague regarding how the industry has changed. It is clear that the old, inaccurate ways of doing things in the building industry are over. The technology exists in a cost-effective and readily available manner to know what you own, and own what you know. In the past, in order to understand their buildings, real estate professionals would rely on old paper drawings found on site or rent rolls provided by the seller. Looking at these old drawings, they would determine the square footage of tenant spaces to determine rent payments. 3D laser scanning and BIM has forever changed the way smart, sophisticated professionals now conduct business. Since the technology and service providers are readily available, the expectation is that the latest technology and methods will be used to gather the best information so that intelligent decisions can be made quickly. I think we would all agree that we would not seek the help of a doctor that is still using technology and medication from the 1950’s – no matter how advanced it was considered back then.

Topics: Existing Conditions BIM 3d laser scanning services
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