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Here’s How Engineers Benefit from Laser Scanning and BIM

Jun 3, 2020 10:18:00 AM

Engineering firms around the world like VHB, Jensen Hughes, and Stantec have been leveraging our laser scanning and BIM expertise for decades. The data from laser scanning and BIM documentation is an invaluable tool with many benefits throughout the scope of an engineering project.

How engineers benefit from laser scanning

As more and more engineering firms adopt the use of sophisticated 3D laser scanning technology, its benefits are beginning to be better understood. Notably, laser scanning adds a level of efficiency to any design project that can’t be achieved with traditional methods. With this increased efficiency comes reduced costs, materials, mistakes, and ultimately time.

Analyzing large buildings

3D scanning is particularly useful during large projects, like major renovations or new construction sites. Using laser scanning data, you’re able to get an accurate, panoramic view of a new job site. From there, you can use this information for real-world applications like creating fully textured models and detailed plans and elevations. When you’re working on an existing location for renovations or remodeling, you’ll have accurate, up-to-date documents and information about the structure and surrounding property that you couldn’t easily get otherwise. 


Utilizing laser scanning for construction and engineering projects has incredible safety benefits as well. With an accurate digital model at your fingertips, you’re able to access plans and information from anywhere. This means fewer site visits with clients, helping to keep you both safe and also minimizing interruptions to the work flow at the site. This also allows you to identify potential vulnerabilities in a project to keep on-site staff safer as well. 

BIM for engineers

A laser scanner gathers the millions of data points it needs to create a digital footprint. Then, this information can be uploaded to building information (BIM) software. At Existing Conditions, 3D laser scan data can be delivered in a variety of formats. Our drawings are primarily delivered in either Autocad .DWG file or Revit .RVT file, but we can also export to all known CAD platforms as well as PDF format.

Our business was founded to deliver high quality documentation more accurately, efficiently and cost effectively than anyone else in the market. We’ve been committed to doing this since 1997. Would you like to find out more about how engineering firms leverage the power of laser scanning and BIM for their businesses and what it can do for you? Get in touch with us today.

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Jared Curtis

Written by Jared Curtis

President, Existing Conditions