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Why You Need Accurate Existing Conditions Documentation

Jul 15, 2020 10:37:00 AM

With precise 3D as-built drawings, you have an accurate depiction of what a building looks like now, as opposed to how the building was originally designed. Why does this matter? As it turns out, there are almost always significant differences between the two. There are also several reasons you need accurate existing conditions documentation for your building that we’re going to share with you today. 


Starting off on the right foot is essential for a successful project. Part of this includes starting with the most accurate information possible. With a 3D visual of the current conditions of a building, you’re able to make informed decisions about a project based on the building’s existing conditions. When AEC professionals rely on inaccurate or outdated data, they’re far more likely to deal with expensive and time-consuming problems throughout the project lifespan. 

Consider an existing structure with four walls. While it may seem easy enough to measure manually, this doesn’t take into account factors like the walls sloping or cantoring. With 3D laser scanning, the measurement process is not only much faster, but it’s also exact with virtually no human error. You can start accurate and stay accurate.


Contractors are able to provide you with far more qualified pricing on a project when they can base it on a 3D visual rather than a 2D drawing. Not only is pricing more accurate, but you can also cut costs by reducing mistakes during the project, resulting in less material waste. 

3D BIM modeling

3D laser scanning data can be used for BIM documentation, which in itself has several vital uses. Depending on how a property is being used, BIM documentation can be used for creating virtual walk-throughs, increasing work site safety and productivity, improved scheduling and sequencing, model-based cost estimation, clash detection, and much more. 

Let’s consider the commercial real estate industry as an example. CRE professionals use existing conditions documentation for many purposes. With this information on hand, they can offer potential tenants virtual walk-throughs at any time from any place. They can also use this information to improve their properties by spotting any vulnerabilities or issues. Additionally, they can offer stakeholders a more realistic visualization of proposed changes or construction and sell their ideas more effectively. 

Would you like to hear more about how existing conditions documentation can benefit your specific project or industry? Contact us today. 

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Jared Curtis

Written by Jared Curtis

President, Existing Conditions