How to Bridge the Gaps in BIM

Validate construction with BIM

For many construction contractors, building information modeling (BIM) is primarily an office tool that provides valuable insights before crews begin their work on the jobsite. From there, however, the model is often converted to a 2D drawing that is familiar but limited in the amount of data it can offer. Construction crews proceed the best they can with the information at hand, using plumb bobs and tape measures to complete the layout process. The real-time field data that is essential to a successful BIM process is lost through critical gaps that are generally accepted as the norm.

Bridging these gaps requires three key steps that connect the field with the office for a complete, highly intelligent BIM cycle.

  • Inform the model with real-world conditions. Many models are developed from as-built paper drawings that are outdated and inaccurate, which leads to problems in the field during construction. Beginning with a solid foundation of accurate, reliable information is imperative to avoiding rework and streamlining the process. One easy way to take the guesswork out of the equation is by using laser scanners to capture real-world conditions. The resulting as-built point cloud can then be converted to an as-built model or used natively to inform new construction. This practice can be applied to renovation projects, demolitions and any situation where documenting the existing space can provide valuable intelligence that reduces rework and waste.
  • Enrich construction layout with accurate model data. We live in a 3D world and design three dimensionally, so crushing a construction model down to a 2D drawing is counter-intuitive. The longer we keep the information in 3D, the longer we’re able to maintain the integrity of the highly coordinated 3D model. By using highly accurate multistations or total stations or combined with intelligent software, we can apply construction layout points to the model and then automatically transfer those to the jobsite to can create a “paint by number” plan for the contractors and installers. Enriching construction with high levels of accuracy streamlines processes, reduces the risk of errors and improves predictability.
  • Validate the construction against the model. Change is inevitable on the jobsite. Formwork for concrete bows, moves or gets kicked, or errors in placement are made. If the structure shifts or changes during construction, then other components such as mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems that are yet to be installed may not fit. One small error can bring the entire construction project to a screeching halt waiting for the right parts to be delivered for rework. Avoiding this situation requires a continuous flow of information from the jobsite back to the office as construction occurs. By capturing the construction in progress using highly accurate multistations, laser scanners or total stations and merging the real-world data with the model data in the office, we can validate the design and resolve potential problems in the office before they become schedule-halting problems in the field, thereby keeping the project on track and on budget.

BIM offers tremendous benefits in construction, but these benefits can only be fully realized if the cycle is complete. By informing, enriching and validating the entire BIM process with highly accurate, real-world data, you can turn your construction models into data-rich, highly intelligent tools that add value at every stage of the construction process and throughout the lifecycle of the asset.

10 Reasons Why Leica Geosystems Is the Concrete Contractors’ Go-To BIM Source

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As a concrete contractor, your ability to win project bids often turns on your compliance with industry best practice. One key differentiator in a crowded contractor marketplace is building information modeling (BIM). The fact is, more and more owners and general contractors expect BIM-compliance in their project team selection process.

What is your BIM capability? Are you equipped with the hardware and software solutions you need to effectively compete for a growing wave of BIM-based jobs? Are you keeping pace with BIM-savvy competitors?

Today Leica Geosystems is the building construction trades’ go-to source for BIM-enablement. Here are 10 reasons why Leica Geosystems should be on your short list as you consider BIM partners:

1. Proven Performance. Leica Geosystems scanning, total station and software tools currently play a central role in hundreds of jobsites worldwide, from small- and largescale building construction to massive public works projects.

2. Proven Technology. Scanners, total stations and software from Leica Geosystems are the industry gold standard BIM-ready excellence.

3. Proven Support. Leica Geosystems stands with you with a fail-safe support team. It starts with a legendary reputation for quality and continues with a newly-expanded U.S. support center, online technical support and Leica Geosystems’ extensive local network of distribution partners

4. Proven Compatibility. Imaging software from Leica Geosystems operates natively within mainstream BIM solutions from Revit and AutoCAD, meaning unmatched speed and accuracy in comparing the as-built with the 3D model.

5. Proven R&D Leadership. Your investment in Leica Geosystems technology is protected by one of the industry’s most aggressive R&D programs, keeping you current with updated BIM-related software, imaging and layout hardware advancements.

6. Proven Reliability. Our technology is continuously field-tested under the harshest conditions, from the tropics and war zones to high altitudes and sub-freezing weather with exceptional dependability. All Leica Geosystems tool are made exclusively in Leica Geosystems manufacturing facilities— never farmed-out to OEMs.

7. Proven Ease. Leica Geosystems presents an assortment of easy-entry options to BIM enablement. Even if you’re new to BIM, Leica Geosystems has solutions that make first steps confident, productive and affordable.

8. Proven Scalability. BIM solutions from Leica Geosystems are tailored to your needs and budget. Our comprehensive array of construction solutions makes it easy to gradually ramp-up your BIM services and expertise, whether you’re new to BIM or seasoned veteran.

9. Proven Understanding. Our hardware and software solutions have always served as an integral part of the BIM field solution. Our processes are engineered from the ground up to support project excellence, from BIM-based layout to as-built QC with the model.

10. Proven Name. Leica Geosystems, based in Switzerland, is a global company with tens of thousands of customers supported by more than 2,400 employees in 21 countries. Our 200-year history of geospatial positioning excellence is extra peace-of-mind as you weigh your options.

When the stakes are your ability to compete in a rapidly-evolving industry, doesn’t it make sense to rely on the first name in BIM construction solutions for concrete contractors? Make the business-smart move. Contact your Leica Geosystems rep today.